Dakota State University students walking around campus

Preparation + opportunity = success

That's the DSU equation. We're a four-year university with nationally recognized programs, cutting-edge facilities, and the brightest thinkers. But we're also a tight-knit, inclusive community. Small class sizes mean hands-on training and individualized attention. All this with an affordable, public school price that's among the best values in the region.

Majors & Degrees

Degrees and Graduation

Ready to Graduate?

Students must apply for graduation no later than the application deadline. Students must satisfy all degree requirements to receive a diploma. All students must be actively enrolled in the semester they wish to graduate.

Graduation Requirements & Procedures

Apply for Graduation

Each candidate for graduation, including students completing coursework off-campus and students completing certificate-only programs, must formally notify the institution of their intent to graduate by the deadline posted. Failure to meet the required deadline will result in the degree confirmation at a later graduation date.

Applying for Graduation Instructions

Students who have applied for graduation will receive information pertaining to commencement mid-semester during the semester they applied to graduate. Summer graduates are included in our Spring ceremony and will receive information pertaining to commencement during the Spring semester prior to the summer semester they plan to graduate.

Commencement Information


Dakota State University graduate with her family celebrating by capturing the event on camera.

Diplomas will be mailed to students approximately 6-8 weeks after each conferral date. DSU has partnered with Parchment to provide students with a digital copy as well as a physical copy of their diploma(s). You will be sent information directly from Parchment on behalf of DSU once your diploma has been issued.

The name of your major(s) along with your degree level (associate, bachelor, master, or doctorate) will appear on your diploma. DSU does not list minors on diplomas – they will appear on your final transcript. If you earned a certificate, you will also be issued a diploma that indicates your level and certificate earned. 

DSU provides replacement copies of issued diplomas for a small fee. If you need a replacement diploma, contact the Office of the Registrar via email at DSU-Registrar@dsu.edu.   

Contact Us

Registrar's Office
(605) 256-5144