Spring 2017 Commencement Details

Spring 2017 Commencement Eligibility

The following students are eligible to participate in Spring 2017 Commencement:

  • Photo of 2015 grad shaking hands with an instructor at commencementStudents who graduated fall semester 2016
  • Students whose expected graduation date is during spring semester 2017
  • Students whose expected graduation date is during summer session 2017
Commencement-Related Events
Countdown to Commencement

Day program students: Wednesday, April 19, at 10:30 a.m. in the Decker Auditorium
Evening program students:
Wednesday, April 19, at 4:30 p.m. in the Decker Auditorium

Students will receive their cap, gown, student loan exit counseling packet, and detailed information about commencement. Attendance is mandatory. 

Graduate Reception

All students: Friday, May 19, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Dunwoody College of Technology

Graduates and their guests will have the opportunity to meet with faculty, visit classrooms, display work, and tour the campus.

Hors d’Oeuvres and refreshments will be provided.

To reserve your spot, please complete the Graduate Information Form by April 14.
*Please note: the Graduate Information Form can be found on Students must log in and then click the “you have important documents to complete” link.  

2017 Spring Commencement Ceremony

Spring 2017 Commencement will take place Saturday, May 20, 2017, at 11 a.m. at the Minneapolis Convention Center: 1301 Second Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55403.

The ceremony will last approximately 1.5 to 2 hours and will be recorded and posted to the Dunwoody YouTube Channel as soon as the video can be processed.

The keynote speaker for 2016-2017 spring commencement is to be announced.

Commencement RSVP and Ceremony Tickets

Please complete the Graduate Information Form by April 14 to reserve your spot at commencement.
*Please note: the Graduate Information Form can be found on Students must log in and then click the “you have important documents to complete” link.  

Commencement Rehearsal 

There will NOT be a rehearsal for the commencement ceremony. Commencement team members and faculty will be prepared to guide graduates on commencement day. For further information concerning procession guidelines, please check with the Registrar’s Office at

Disability Accommodations for Family Members and Guests

For graduates or guests who need disability accommodations, please indicate the needs on the Graduate Information Form or contact the Registrar’s Office at

Directions to Minneapolis Convention Center

The preferred parking ramp option is the 3rd Avenue Convention Center (600) ramp. See the Minneapolis Convention Center Parking Ramp Map for additional parking options.

For directions, please visit

Statement that commencement participation does not mean degree completion and diploma

Participating in Commencement is not an indication of official graduate status.

Difference Between Graduation and Commencement

Graduation is the process of being awarded a degree. To be awarded a degree, students must have a degree audit by the Registrar’s Office and meet all degree requirements.

Commencement is the congratulatory ceremony (walking across the stage) held each spring in which the attainment of a degree is recognized by the College community, friends and family.

Graduation Fee

The graduation fee is a one-time, non-refundable fee of $50.00. It defrays the costs of processing graduates for graduation, printing and mailing diplomas, printing diploma covers, the cap and gown worn at commencement, and other expenses associated with graduation.

Students must pay the one-time, non-refundable graduation fee regardless of their participation or lack of participation in the commencement ceremony. Any amounts owed on your account may result in transcripts and diploma being withheld until your account is settled.

Alumni AssociationPhoto of two 2015 grads smiling at commencement

Information about the Alumni Association can be found at

Questions or More Information?

If you have any further questions or need assistance with any graduation information, please contact the Registrar’s Office at