Graduation Information 2016

What process do I need to complete to receive my certificate, diploma or degree?

Forms are available at the Reception Desk at both campus locations.  Online students should contact Holly Daley at the Red Wing Campus or Julie Haedtke at the Winona Campus  Forms are due back to the Registrar’s Office by Friday, March 4. Students must complete the Application for Graduation Form whether they participate in the ceremony or not. 

Southeast Technical College has one commencement ceremony per year in May.  Students who will be completing program requirements Spring Semester 2016 (May 11) and Summer Session 2016 (August 5) should apply at this time.

Students completing their requirements Fall Semester 2016 (December 19) and want to attend the May 2016 ceremony should also apply by the Friday, March 4 deadline.

When and where are the graduation ceremonies held?

Red Wing Campus
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 7:00 p.m. 

Red Wing High School
Larry Sonju Gymnasium
2451 Eagle Ridge Drive
Red Wing, Minnesota

Note:  Students will meet at Red Wing High School, Commons Area at 6:15 p.m. 

Winona Campus
Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 7:00 p.m.

Winona State University
Memorial Hall
Corner of Johnson & King Streets
Winona, Minnesota

Note:  Students will meet at Winona State University, Memorial Hall – Talbot Gym at 6:15 p.m.

Attention Red Wing Winona Campus Nursing Students

All nursing students should report to the gymnasiums (Red Wing High School & WSU Memorial Hall) for group photos by 5:45 p.m. Please be prompt.

Will a professional photographer be at the graduation ceremony?

Yes, Lifetouch Photography will be taking professional photos of students during the commencement ceremony.  Information on purchasing photos will be available at cap and gown pick up.  The Lifetouch Photography website can be found at

How do I find out about local lodging for my guests?

Information can be found at the following Area Convention and Visitors Bureaus.

In addition to the ceremony, are there events planned for graduates and their families?

A reception with punch and cookies will be held for graduates, families and friends immediately following the ceremony.

Are guest tickets required for the graduation ceremony?

Tickets are not needed for the ceremony.

How long does the graduation ceremony last?

The ceremony runs approximately an hour and a half.  All graduates and guests are expected to remain seated for the entire program. 

How do I get a cap and gown for the ceremony?

All students from both campuses must wear a black cap and gown to participate in the ceremony.

Red Wing Campus Information                       

Red Wing Campus Student Senate is sharing the cost of cap, gown and tassel to make it more affordable to purchase. 
Cost $15.00
If you already have a black cap and gown, you will need to pick up a tassel only.  Cost is $5.00. 

Scheduled pick up Red Wing Campus:
Monday, April 25 through Friday, April 29 - 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

  Winona Campus Information

Winona Campus Student Senate will be paying for the full cost of the cap, gown and tassel.  If you already have a black cap and gown, you will need to pick up a tassel only. 

Scheduled pick up Winona Campus:
Student Center:  Bookstore Entrance 
Wednesday, April 27 -- 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 28 -- 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Friday, April 29 -- 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

Are graduation invitations available?

Graduation invitations are available for you to print below:

Graduating with Honors?

Students who participate in the commencement ceremony and who meet the eligibility requirements will receive a gold honor cord which has been purchased by the Student Senate.  Students should stop at the Registrar’s Office after they pick up their cap and gown.

Honor status is given to students graduating from a diploma, AAS or AS program and who have completed a minimum of 25 resident credits including credits from the last term before graduation.  Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 to 3.74 receive Honors designation.  Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.75 to 4.00 receive High Honors designation.  Final honor status is determined after final grades are received.  Honor status will appear on the student transcript at the time of official graduation.

Are you now or have you ever served in the United States Armed Forces?

Students who participate in the commencement ceremony will receive a red, white and blue veterans cord to honor their military service. Students should stop at the Registrar’s Office after they pick up their cap and gown.

Are certificates, diplomas, or degrees presented at the graduation ceremony?

You will not receive your actual certificate, diploma or degree at the commencement ceremony.  A cover will be given to you to place your document in after you receive it in the mail.  The document will be mailed approximately 10 – 12 weeks after commencement when grades are finalized and the graduation is confirmed from the Registrar’s Office.

What if I have additional questions about my graduation and/or ceremony?

Please contact the Registrar’s Office at the campus you will be graduating from (1-877-853-8324).

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