Graduation and commencement are two separate events. Graduation is the process by which Minnesota State College Southeast officially confers a degree to a learner. Commencement, on the other hand, is the ceremony which publicly recognizes those learners who have graduated or will soon graduate. If you will be graduating soon, please view Graduation Frequently Asked Questions.

The Application for Graduation form is available at both campus reception areas. The deadline for submitting the Application for Graduation can be found on the Registrar's Calendar.


The commencement ceremony is a celebration of your graduation. To participate in a commencement ceremony, you must have graduated or be certified for graduation. Participation in commencement does not imply or assure degree conferral. Degrees are conferred when all requirements have been met.

Southeast Technical holds two graduation ceremonies in May, one in Red Wing and one in Winona. Ceremony details will be posted online each Spring Term.

Graduation PhotoHonor status is given to students graduating from a diploma, AA, AAS, or AS program 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. Students who participate in the commencement ceremony and who meet the eligibility requirements will receive a gold honor cord from the Registrar's Office after the cap and gown have been picked up.

You will not receive your actual certificate, diploma or degree at the commencement ceremony. The document will be mailed approximately 10-12 weeks after the term ends, when grades are finalized and your graduation is confirmed from the Registrar's Office.

If you need to change your graduation date to a later semester or have additional questions, please contact the Registrar's Office at the campus you will be graduating from.