MSUM Commencement 2021

As the capstone celebration of the college experience, commencement is one of our favorite celebrations at Minnesota State University Moorhead. It is the culmination of years of hard work and sacrifice by our students. MSUM will celebrate our newest graduates’ extraordinary achievements during four college-level virtual ceremonies on May 13 and 14. 

In addition to the four virtual ceremonies, MSUM encouraged students, families and employees to hold in-person traditions in smaller groups and to partake in some photo opportunities on campus. 

When it is once again safe to meet in large groups, all graduates are invited to participate in an in-person commencement ceremony of their choosing. Watch the graduation webpage for participation details. 

Virtual Ceremonies 

The four college-level virtual commencement ceremonies will be streamed live on the MSUM website

In-Person Gatherings 

The following small, in-person gatherings recognizing Spring 2021 graduates were organized by various campus departments and student organizations: 

In-Person Academic Celebrations 

International Sash Ceremony 
May 12 | 4 p.m. | Hansen Theatre 
Celebrating our graduating international students. 

Leadership & Learning Graduation Celebration 
May 13 | 5:30 p.m. | Hansen Theatre or Zoom
Celebrating our Ed.D., MS and Specialist graduates in the Department of Leadership & Learning who graduated in May, August and December 2020, and May 2021 graduates. 

Speech Language and Hearing Science Hooding Ceremony 
May 14 | 8-9 a.m. | Hansen Theatre or Zoom 
Celebrating our SLHS graduate students. 

Speech Language and Hearing Science Graduation Reception 
May 14 | 11:30 a.m. | Outdoors South of Murray Hall 
Open house celebrating SLHS graduates. 

School Psychology Graduate Program Celebration 
May 14 | 12:30 p.m. | Bridges 363 and Zoom 
Celebrating our master’s degree graduates. 

Celebration of Physics/Astronomy Graduates 
May 14 | 1 p.m. | Outside of Hagen Hall 
Celebrating our physics and astronomy graduates.  

In-Person Athletics Celebration 

Student Athlete Celebration 
May 12 | 2:30 p.m. | Nemzek Fieldhouse 
Celebrating our graduating student athletes. 

In-Person End of Year Events & Celebrations (Open to All Students) 

Student Leadership Awards Ceremony 
April 27 | CMU Ballroom & Zoom 
The 2021 Student Leadership Awards were held on Tuesday, April 27. With 80+ nominations received in 16 award categories, we recognized and celebrated each nominee for their contributions to MSUM. Students and campus community members attended in-person (75 attendees) and viewed the livestream (150+) to cheer on the nominees and winners. View the list of Student Leadership Award winners

Epic Picnic 
April 30 | Campus Mall 
More than 22+ students attended the Epic Picnic. During the afternoon, students enjoyed a tasty grill-out for lunch hosted by MSUM Dining. Activities included: Life-Size Mario Kart, Stuff-a-Dragon, an ice cream cart from Scoop ‘n’ Dough, caricatures, and rides on the Dragon Train. Plus, many students had fun with yard games, a picnic basket hunt for prizes, and inflatable games.  

Spring Jam 
May 4 | Nemzek Athletic Complex 
Roughly 250 students attended Spring Jam. MSUM Spring Jam is a festival consisting of live music, food trucks, and games hosted at the Nemzek Athletic complex and produced by Dragon Entertainment Group. Performers of the night include Night Moves, Jessica Vines, Kevin Gamble Quartet, and Darian Clark. 

In-Person Student Organization Celebrations 

Lavender Graduation  
April 22 | 7 p.m.  
FM LGBTQ+ College Alliance celebrated the achievements of graduating LGBTQ+ college students from quad-college institutions. All were welcome to attend and show support for graduating students via Zoom webinar. Participating students were from Concordia, M State, MSUM and NDSU. 

Dragon KPop Dance – student organization  
May 4 | Campus Mall 
End of year celebration on the Campus Mall. 

NSSLHA / Collegiate Sertoma 
May 4 
This student organization hosted an end-year celebration in-person and provided a live stream. 

American Indian Student Association Study Day Social 
May 5 | 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. | CMU 105 
Hosted an end-of-year celebration in CMU 105 on May 5.

Student Senate Banquet 
May 6 | CMU 105  
All members received recognition for their service and graduates received graduation stoles to wear as regalia. 

Fraternity and Sorority Life End-of-Year Celebration 
May 8  
All chapters — Delta Zeta, Gamma Phi Beta, and Kappa Sigma — participated in an end-of-year celebration. Graduates who are chapter members receive regalia to wear during graduation. 

Dragon Ambassadors  
May 13 | 11 a.m. | CMU 105, Campus Mall 
Celebrating our graduating dragon ambassadors. 

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