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USD graduates at the commencement ceremony


USD plans to host graduation ceremonies on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, at the Sanford Coyote Sports Center.

Despite the challenging circumstances we currently face, the University of South Dakota is committed to celebrating our students’ accomplishments and providing them with a memorable graduation experience.

While we are looking forward to the opportunity to gather in celebration, please remember that this is a fluid situation and our plans are subject to change; we will continue to follow recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as we make decisions that prioritize the health and safety of the Coyote community.

Commencement Map and Parking

See What You Missed at the 2019 Commencement



If you are completing your degree:

  1. Complete your Degree Audit Form/Application for Graduation|Graduate School Graduation Forms (myUSD login required)
  2. Whether or not you are attending the ceremony, you will need to complete the (myUSD login required).
    (The Diploma Order Form generally becomes available six weeks before your graduation date.)
  3. If you wish to have your student email migrated to an alumni email, complete the Opt In Form (myUSD login required).

If you are attending the ceremony

  • Order regalia online from Balfour/CB Grads. Graduates are required to arrive wearing the approved graduation regalia.
  • Special needs seating is available on a first-come, first-served 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 Sanford Coyote Sports Center dressed in your regalia no later than 45 minutes prior to the ceremony.
  • Candidates should report to the Sanford Coyote Sports Center and line up in the staging area by college/school. There will be a marshal present with a walking card indicating your name and the order in which you will line up. If you do not receive a card, registrar staff will be present to assist you. Marshals will process with you and assist throughout the ceremony.
  • You will not receive your official diploma at the ceremony. You will receive a diploma cover as you cross the stage. Your official diploma will be mailed to you after your degree is conferred. Summer graduate degrees are conferred at the end of October. Fall graduates are conferred at the end of February and spring graduates are conferred at the beginning of July.

Family & Friends

There is no limit to the number of guests candidates may invite to the ceremony, and no admission tickets are required.

The commencement ceremony is held in the Sanford Coyote Sports Center. Seating is available for guests with disabilities on a first-come, first-served 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 at 605-677-6389.

Length of ceremony
Three 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.

University Dining provides cakes for graduates. To learn about your options and ordering information, contact university catering at 605-677-5665 or email You can also place your order online.

Commencement Program Archive

Visit the commencement program archive for access to program booklets from past commencement ceremonies at USD.