DSU Fall Commencement

DSU Fall Commencement

Congratulations! You will soon achieve a milestone in your life when you graduate from Dakota State University at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 14, at the DSU Fieldhouse. The following information is provided to ensure that you and your family have an enjoyable day.

View the DSU Fall Master's Hooding Ceremony.

View the DSU Fall Commencement Ceremony. 

ALL students completing degrees in Fall must complete this survey by November 15. Please complete the survey, even if you don’t plan to attend the ceremony.

If your situation has changed and you do not plan to graduate this semester, please email the DSU’s Registrar Office by November 15.

Academic Apparel

Regalia is ordered through the Trojan Zone at this link: http://www.cbgrad.com/school/DAKSU. The last
day to order your regalia is Wednesday, December 4, 2019.

  • Associate’s Apparel Unit includes: black cap, gown, tassel, year tab
  • Bachelor’s Apparel Unit includes: black cap, gown, tassel, year tab
  • Master’s Apparel Unit includes: black cap, Master sleeve gown, Master hood (required), year tab
    • A hood is required to participate in the special master’s hooding ceremony at the Dakota Prairie Playhouse.
    • There is not a Rental Regalia option for Master Students.
  • Doctoral Apparel Unit includes: black cap, gown with velvet chevrons, tassel, hood (required),year tab - this Regalia may be custom purchased or rented
    • A hood is required to participate in the doctorate hooding ceremony at commencement.
    • Rental regalia is available through the Trojan Zone. The deadline to order is Friday, November 1.
    • Custom Doctorate Regalia is available through the Trojan Zone. The deadline to order is Friday, November 1.

Graduation Announcements | Class Rings | Diploma Frames

If you have questions on academic apparel, announcements, frames or jewelry options please email bookstore@dsu.edu or phone (605) 256-5238.

Legacy Cords | International Stoles

  • Legacy Cords. Do you have a family member who is a DSU Alumni? Please complete this section of the survey so you can be recognized at commencement.  For more information about this new tradition, please contact the DSU Alumni Office.
  • International Stoles. Please contact the International Programs Office for more information.

Reserved Seating/Tickets

  • No tickets are required for general admission bleacher seating for the Fall Commencement.
  • Special Accommodation Seating. Tickets are required for floor seating which are available for family or friends who are unable to sit in the bleachers. To request floor seating tickets or to notify us of special needs (wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, canes, vision or hearing impairment, etc.) that we need to accommodate in our planning, please complete the survey referenced above as soon as possible.
  • Questions? Please contact events@dsu.edu or phone (605) 256-5666. 


A commencement rehearsal will be held on Friday, December 13, at 4:15 p.m. at the DSU Fieldhouse. You are encouraged to attend this practice session so you will be familiar with:

  • the location where graduates meet,
  • the line of march,
  • and the procedures for the ceremony.

For the benefit of our master’s and doctoral graduates, we will also quickly walk through the hooding procedure.

Master’s Hooding Ceremony

A hooding ceremony to honor our master’s graduates will be held at the Dakota Prairie Playhouse Convention Center at 9:00 a.m.

  • All master’s graduates attending commencement will also participate in the hooding ceremony.
  • Graduates, please arrive at the Dakota Prairie Playhouse dressed in your regalia by 8:30 a.m.

Commencement Ceremony

The commencement march will begin promptly at 10:30 a.m. and the Fieldhouse doors will open at 9:30 a.m. to allow guests to be seated. The ceremony will last approximately 1.5 to 2 hours.

  • Graduates, please arrive at the Madison Community Center (MCC) double gym dressed in your regalia by 9:45 a.m.  All graduates and guests must enter through the main Fieldhouse doors. Entrance is not permitted through the MCC doors.
  • Please do not leave purses or anything of value in the Madison Community Center double gym. It will not be staffed during the ceremony. DSU/MCC is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

Commencement Speaker

Coming soon...


A professional photographer will take photos of each graduate. Photos may be purchased directly from the Lifetouch Special Events. Guests may take their own photographs during the ceremony, but must remain outside of the candidate seating area, in order to ensure an enjoyable ceremony for all candidates. Guests will have time after the ceremony to take personal photographs on the stage, near the commencement flags and other spots within and around the DSU Fieldhouse.

Graduates’ Reception

The Graduates’ Reception will be held at the Dakota Prairie Playhouse Convention Center immediately following the commencement ceremony. This reception is intended to provide an opportunity for you to relax and visit with family, classmates, and DSU faculty/staff while enjoying cake and punch.


For more information, please email graduation@dsu.edu.


Parking is available along Washington Avenue, in the lot north of the Dakota Prairie Playhouse and in the gravel lot directly west of the Fieldhouse.

Graduation DVD

Fall 2019 Graduation DVD Order Form

The cost is $10 per DVD. DVDs will be mailed within 10 business days following graduation. If you have any questions, please email video@dsu.edu with a subject line of Graduation DVD Order.

Airport/Hotel Information

The nearest airport is the Sioux Falls Regional Airport (FSD) located 50 miles from DSU. We have two hotels in Madison:


AmericInn Lodge & Suites

504 SE 10th St

Madison, SD

Ph: 605-256-3076


Super 8

219 N Highland

Madison, SD

Ph: 605-256-6931


Other hotels for consideration:

Watercrest Hotel and Conference Center (22 miles, west of Madison)

103 S Main St

Howard, SD

Ph: 605-772-4700


Quality Inn & Suites (46 miles, located off I-29)

5410 N Granite Lane

Sioux Falls, SD

Ph: 605-338-1900


Sheraton Sioux Falls & Convention Center (50 miles, near the airport)

1211 West Avenue North

Sioux Falls, SD

Ph: 605-331-0100