Graduation Information Booklet (PDF)

Spring 2016 Commencement Details

Spring 2016 Commencement Eligibility

The following students are eligible to participate in Spring 2016 Commencement:

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

Day program students: Wednesday, April 20, at 10:30 a.m. in the Decker Auditorium
Evening program students:
Wednesday, April 20, 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 20, 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 13.
*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.  

2016 Spring Commencement Ceremony

Spring 2016 Commencement will take place Saturday, May 21, 2016, 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 2015-2016 spring commencement is S. Scott Crump of Stratasys.

Commencement RSVP and Ceremony Tickets

Please complete the Graduate Information Form by April 13 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.  

Tickets are not required. However, for event planning purposes, please tell us how many guests will be attending the ceremony when filling out the Graduate Information Form.

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


GradImages™ will be taking three candid photographs of each graduating student.

You will receive a free, passport-sized digital proof of these photos on an order card in the mail within 5-7 days of the ceremony. You may place orders or obtain answers to questions at or 1-800-261-2576. There is no obligation to purchase, and GradImages™ guarantees complete satisfaction.

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