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  • Spring 2015: 9:30 a.m., Saturday, May 9, 2015, DakotaDome
  • Winter 2015, 10 a.m., December 12, 2015, DakotaDome
If you are completing your degree 
If you are attending the ceremony
  • Order regalia from Barnes & Noble by calling 605-677-6291 or visiting the USD Bookstore.
  • Special needs seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you require assistance, please contact Disability Services.
  • There is no limit to the number of guests you may invite to the ceremony, and no tickets are required.
  • Please arrive at the Dome dressed in your regalia no later than 45 minutes prior to the ceremony.
  • Report to the Dome floor. Marshals will assist you during the procession and throughout the ceremony. . 
Family & Friends
There is no limit to the number of guests candidates may invite to the ceremony, and no admission tickets are required.

The May and December ceremonies are held in the DakotaDome, with unlimited seating. Seating is available for guests with disabilities on a first-come, first-serve basis, up to 15 minutes before the beginning of the ceremony. Ushers will be available to direct you. If you require special assistance, please contact Disability Services, 605-677-6389.

Length of ceremony
May – two to two and a half hours
December – one to one and a half hours

A professional photographer will take photos of each graduate. Photos may be purchased directly from the photographer. Guests may take their own photographs during the ceremony, but must remain outside of the candidate seating area, in order to ensure an enjoyable ceremony for all candidates. Guests will have time after the ceremony to take personal photographs on the stage, near the commencement flags and at other spots within and outside of the DakotaDome.

U.Dining provides cakes for graduates.To learn about your options and ordering information contact at 605.677.5665 or email  You can also place your order online.

Driving directions
From I-29, north or south:
Take Exit 26 onto SD Highway 50 West Drive 6 miles into Vermillion
Turn right on Dakota Street

From Highway 50 East:
Remain on Highway 50, which turns into Cherry Street Take left on Dakota Street

Commencement Program Archive

Visit the Commencement Program Archive  for access to program booklets from past commencement ceremonies at USD.

Commencement exercises are conducted in the DakotaDome