Graduation Information​

To graduate, you need to follow a few steps. Keep in mind that applying to get your degree is not the same as signing up to walk at the graduation ceremony. Please see the details below:

Apply for Degree, Diploma, or Certificate

There are 2 steps to this process:

1. Submit the Graduation Application to ensure that you officially graduate on paper and receive your degree, diploma, or certificate.

Fall Semester:  December 1
Spring Semester:  April 1
Summer Semester:  August 1

2. Submit the Career Services Registration Form to gain access to the career service assistance we have available (receive job postings, review of resume and cover letters, and mock interviews).

Sign up to walk at the graduation ceremony. 
Learn more about ceremony rules and details for the day of. 


The Grad Expo is a one-stop information source for all graduating students.

It is not required, but a 10-20 minute visit will help you check off of all necessary tasks on your graduation to-do list, even if you aren't attending the ceremony in May.

"What GPA do I need to graduate?"
"What if I only need 3 more credits to graduate? Can I still walk at the ceremony?"
"What could keep my degree on hold?"

Find the answers to these questions here.

Make Sure You Are On the List!

Check the list below for your corresponding campus. This will be the information used in the commencement ceremony programs, so please ensure that all information is correct, including the spelling of your name and honor status. (A key for the honor status symbols is located at the bottom of the page.)


If your name is not on this list or your information is inaccurate, you will need to contact the Records and Registration Office to make necessary changes. Please contact:

Kelli Kienitz, Registrar


If you do not make changes by this deadline, your name will not appear correctly in the commencement program.

​Ridgewater College Graduation Expo

April 3, 2018, 11 am - 1 pm
Commons - Hutchinson Campus

April 5, 2018, 11 am - 1 pm
Student Center Building - Willmar Campus

This Fair will be a one-stop information source for students graduating in May.  
More information coming soon! 

Applying for Graduation
Graduation candidates must apply for graduation by the published deadline during their last semester. Students within 10 credits or 12 internships credits of completing their degree may participate in the spring commencement. Students graduating in the fall who wish to participate in the spring commencement must give a detailed explanation in the Student Notes section of the graduation application regarding what courses you still need to register for and where you will be taking them. Students meeting this criteria who wish to participate in the spring commencement must meet the Spring graduation application deadline.



1.  Complete the
Graduation Application.

  • Review your DARS audit for accuracy and completeness before completing graduation application.
  • Fill out the form and submit online.

2. Complete the Career Services Registration Form

  • Fill out the form online, then submit online.​​

If you are unable to submit these forms online, please email Stephenie Sommerfeld at 

How do I get a DARS report? 

Sign into eServices with your StarID and Password. Click on Grades and Transcripts and choose “Interactive Degree Audit Report”. 

Graduation GPA Requirements​

To graduate from Ridgewater College, the student must complete all required courses and achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or better on a 4.00 grading scale.

Time Limit

Students graduating in fewer than four years must meet the graduation and degree requirements in the current college catalog or those degree requirements in effect during their first term at Ridgewater College.  Students graduating more than four years after the date of first enrollment must meet the requirements stated in the catalog in effect for the year in which graduation occurs.


To be eligible for graduation, a student must have earned at least 1/3 of the semester credits at Ridgewater College and must be enrolled at the college during the semester in which the degree requirements are completed. An exception may be made when a student who has completed at least 20 credits at Ridgewater College lacks 10 or fewer credits for graduation. Such students may petition the administration for permission to complete the degree requirements through transfer of acceptable non-resident credit. Petitions/transcripts will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis for recency or to insure compliance with current graduation standard​s.


For those who qualify, the graduation program will note, with one star, individuals who have achieved a cumulative GPA of at least 3.50, and their diploma will be embossed with the honor student seal. Two stars will indicate a cumulative GPA of at least 3.75. In addition to the honors seal, these students will receive gold braids to be worn at the ceremony. Three stars will indicate a perfect 4.00 GPA. In addition to the honors seal and gold braids, these students will also be given a medallion to be worn at the ceremony.

To be eligible for honors, at least two-thirds (2/3) of all credits earned at Ridgewater College must have a grade point value letter grade assigned (i.e., A – F).


All student account holds must be cleared before a diploma/degree can be released (including parking fines).

Students who borrowed money while attending Ridgewater College must complete exit counseling before the diploma/degree can be mailed.

Placement Information

Please make sure to complete the current graduate Career Services Registration Form. This will allow you access to employment opportunities after graduation. Even if you have obtained employment, the State of Minnesota requires that we report that information. Feel free to contact the Career Services Office at 320-222-8044 in Willmar or 320-234-8504 in Hutchinson with any questions you may have.

Congratulations on your graduation!


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