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Frequently Asked Questions
Graduation day can be busy, stressful, and exciting. Here is some general information that can help you plan ahead and make your graduation fun and memorable.
When can my family and friends arrive to the ceremony?
Outside doors to the commencement facilities open early. Doors to the guest seating area will be opened 90 minutes before the start of the spring ceremony and 60 minutes before the start of the summer and winter ceremonies.
How long is the ceremony?
- The summer and winter ceremonies are approximately 90 minutes in length.
- The spring ceremony for graduate degrees is approximately 90 minutes in length and the spring ceremony for undergraduate degrees is approximately 2.5 hours in length.
Are tickets required to attend the ceremony?
What is the etiquette for the ceremony?
Will I get a photograph taken during the ceremony?
The University has contracted the services of Lifetouch Special Events Photography for all commencement ceremonies. This service will provide each student with a photograph of each graduate who crosses the stage and shakes hands with the President along with a posed photograph.
Graduates will receive a message sent to their official UND e-mail address containing a link to the commencement photo proofs. There is no obligation to purchase photographs.
Go to the http://events.lifetouch.com/UND for information about commencement photographs. Any questions can be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org, 800-505-9496 Monday – Friday 8:00am – 6:00pm EST, or via the Web site http://events.lifetouch.com/about/contactus.aspx.
Contact Lifetouch Special Events Photography with any questions.
Can I use my cell phone during the ceremony?
Will the commencement ceremony be telecast?
If I am a double major, which department will I sit with and which college will I be listed under?
If I am graduating with honors (cum, magna, or summa) is there a special medallion that I will get to wear?
If I am a graduate student graduating with honors, is there anything special that I get?
Do I have to sign up to participate in the ceremony?
What is the order of the ceremony?
Can I wear an honor cord if I'm part of an academic organization on campus?
Yes; UND may grant approval to allow specific honor cords to be worn to represent academic honors from a nationally recognized honor society. Advance approval must be received from the appropriate academic dean and from the Office of Ceremonies & University Events.
Approved honor cords:
Alpha Phi Sigma - National Criminal Justice Honor Society; blue and gold cords
Beta Alpha Psi - International Honor Society for Accounting Majors; red and white cords
Beta Gamma Sigma - Honor Society accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International; worn by students and faculty members; blue and gold cords
Epsilon Pi Tau - National Academic Honor Society for Technology; blue,gold and white cords
Gamma Theta Upsilon - International Geographic Honor Society; blue, brown and gold cords
Gamma Sigma Alpha - National Academic Honor Society for Greek Members; red and yellow cords
Golden Key - International Honor Society; royal blue and gold cords
IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu - Student Honor Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers; gold cord with red & blue tassel
Mortar Board - National College Honor Society; silver and gold cords
NRHH - National Residence Hall Honor Society;blue and silver cord
National Society of Collegiate Scholars -National society recognizing outstanding academic achievement and involvement on campus; gold and burgundy cords
Order of Omega - National Leadership Academic Honor Society for Greek Members; gold and white cords
Phi Alpha - National Social Work Honor Society; gold cords
Phi Alpha Theta - History honor Society; red and blue cords
Phi Beta Kappa - National Scholarship Honor Society for Liberal Arts and Sciences; pink and blue cords
Phi Eta Sigma - Honor Society for First Year Students; black and gold cords
Pi Alpha Alpha - National Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration;light blue and gold cords
Pi Kappa Lambda - National Music Honor Society; gold and white cords
Pi Theta Epsilon- National Occupational Therapy Honor Society; blue and gold cords
Psi Chi - International Honor Society in Psychology; platinum and navy cords
Sigma Gamma Epsilon - National Honor Society for Earth Sciences; gold, blue and silver cords
Sigma Pi Sigma - National Honor Society for Physics; green and white cords
Sigma Tau Delta -National Society for English representing high achievement in English language, literature, and writing; Cardinal red and black double strand cords
Sigma Theta Tau - International Honor Society of Nursing; purple and white cords
Tau Beta Pi - National Engineering Honor Society; brown and white cords
Tau Sigma - National Honor Society for Transfer Students; maroon and gold cords
Theta Alpha Kappa - National Honor Society for Religious Studies and Theology; red cords
Upsilon Pi Epsilon - International Honor Society for the Computing and Information Disciplines; maroon and white cords Diploma/Transcript
What non-academic recognition cords and multi-cultural enhancements are allowed?
- UND Legacy Cords are given to students whose parents or grandparents graduated from UND. These green, white, and pink cords are given out at the Graduation Expo and in the line-up room prior to the commencement ceremony.
- Veterans graduating from UND and students who serve(d) in the U.S. military may wear red, white, and blue cords to honor them for their service. These cords are distributed by Veteran’s Services located in Room 170, McCannel Hall and in the line-up room prior to the ceremony.
- First Generation Cords are blue and green cords for those students who are the first in their immediate family to graduate with a four year degree. These cords are distributed at the Graduation Expo and in the line-up room prior to the commencement ceremony.
- Multicultural Enhancements:
- American Indian students can wear any of several pieces of traditional American Indian regalia including an eagle feather attached to their mortar board representing honesty, truth, courage and wisdom; beadwork representing their tribe; cultural designs on top of the mortar board, or traditional outfits under their gown.
- Woven cloths representing traditional patterns and designs signifying a graduate’s cultural heritage may be worn during the commencement ceremony.
- Hawaiian and Polynesian leis made from flower, vines, or leaves may be worn by students leaving UND as symbols of good luck, affection and appreciation.
Acceptable Academic Regalia for Commencement Ceremonies Policy
When will I get my diploma?
A diploma folder is presented to each graduate during the ceremony. Diplomas will be mailed approximately eight weeks after commencement to your home field address as indicated on Campus Connection. Please update your home field address within 10 days prior to graduation.
Can I request a transcript before receiving my diploma?
It will take approximately eight weeks to receive verification of your degree from your college, record this information on your permanent record, and prepare your diploma for mailing. If you need a transcript reflecting your earned degree, you may request a transcript be sent. Please mark "hold for degree" on your order form if your degree hasn't already been posted. If you need assistance, please contact the Office of the Registrar at 701.777.2711.
NOTE: The University of North Dakota reserves the right to deny the release of a student's diploma if that student has an outstanding accounts receivable balance in excess of $100. Questions can be directed to Student Account Services at 701.777.3911.