2020 Spring Commencement

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, in-person commencement ceremonies have been suspended at M State and all Minnesota State colleges and universities this spring. At M State, we’ll recognize our graduating students and celebrate their achievements in a virtual celebration at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 25. Watch for the details at

Be assured, too, that graduating students who want to participate in an in-person graduation ceremony will be given that opportunity during M State’s upcoming commencement ceremonies scheduled for December 2020 and May 2021.

A message to our students

M State President Carrie Brimhall and Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs John Maduko recently shared this message with students:

M State students, we are writing with an update on the 2020 spring commencement events on our four campuses.

At this time, due to state and federal guidelines, we know we are not able to hold in-person commencement celebrations. It was a difficult decision because graduation day is, by far, the best day of the year for all of us. We made the decision to stay focused on your health and well-being, and the health and well-being of every person who is important to you.

Although we have suspended our in-person celebrations, we have already started planning how we will celebrate with you and support the celebrations with those who have supported you on your journey. We know that graduation is a big milestone for you (and for us). It represents the difficult moments and sacrifices you have made, and your perseverance. For us, it is the reason we work in education. We believed in you, sometimes before you even believed in yourself. We knew you could do it, and we are so honored to be a part of your journey.

As we make plans to celebrate with you later this spring, please know we will keep all of those things in mind. We don’t have the details figured out yet, and we are certain we’ll find ways to celebrate everything you have accomplished. Stay tuned for additional information and, in the meantime, please let us know if there is anything we can do to support you as you finish spring semester.


Stay healthy, safe and well,

Dr. Carrie Brimhall, President

Dr. John Maduko, Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs