Commencement 2020

Friday, Sept. 25 - 2 p.m. - MSU Lewy Lee Fieldhouse

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the social distancing guidelines associated with it, it was not possible to hold an in-person commencement ceremony at Mayville State University in May, as scheduled. Instead, the decision was made to delay commencement until Sept. 25, 2020, providing an opportunity to give graduates the kind of recognition they deserve as they mark this important milestone in their lives. The information contained on this page relates specifically to the 2020 commencement exercises. 

Please note that these are the most current plans for Commencement 2020. As we know, the situation with the COVID-19 pandemic can change quickly and we may need to adjust plans accordingly. Any changes will be posted promptly to this web page.

Submit your photos and videos!

There are some extra-special plans underway, but we need input from this year's graduates. Please submit your photos and videos to Deadline is September 1.

Class of 2020 Time Capsule

Members of the Class of 2020 are invited to submit items for a time capsule that will be stored at the alumni center. Plans are to have an opening of the time capsule in 25 years. Mark your calendar and plan to come "home" to Mayville State for a big class reunion in 2045! 

Digital items (pictures, news articles of interest, photos of campus, COVID statistics, photo of the front cover of a class textbook, etc.) can be submitted to Please include as much information as possible when submitting photos. Examples would be dates, names of anyone pictured, location of picture, event name, area of campus, etc. how about taking a short video of yourself sharing where you see yourself in 25 years? Please state your name at the beginning. The video should be one minute or less. All digital content will be put into a slide show and saved on a flash drive that will be included in the time capsule. 

Physical items should be small and include things like trinkets, brochures from campus, list of popular songs for the year, graduation program, etc. They can be dropped off any time at the Larson Alumni Center. There will also be a place to leave them at the graduation brunch event in the Luckasen Room on Sept. 25. If you wish, you can mail your items to MSU Foundation, Class of 2020 Time Capsule, 330 Third St. NE, Mayville, ND  58257.

Student Commencement Speakers

Watch your email for an opportunity to nominate members of the Class of 2020 as student commencement speakers. All graduates, faculty, and organization advisors will be asked to make nominations. Nominees will be contacted and asked to fill out a nominee data form. Recommendations will be made by a representative from Student Senate, Faculty Senate, and Staff Senate. 

Keynote Speaker

A keynote speaker has not yet been named, but watch for an announcement in August.

Schedule for the Day

11 a.m. - Graduation Brunch - Campus Center Luckasen Room 

The MSU Alumni Association is hosting your first official alumni event on Sept. 25! Make plans to bring your families and join in the festivities at a brunch scheduled for 11 a.m. in the Campus Center Luckasen Room. RSVP will be required. Please watch for further information.

12:30 p.m. - Procession Lineup - Wellness Center Gymnasium

Graduates, faculty, and platform party guests are asked to meet in the Wellness Center Gymnasium. This is where you'll get into the proper order for the processional. Please be prompt. It takes a while to get everyone organized.

2 p.m. - Ceremony Begins - Lewy Lee Fieldhouse

Graduation Brunch

The MSU Alumni Association is hosting your first official alumni event on Sept. 25! Make plans to bring your families and join in the festivities at a brunch scheduled for 11 a.m. in the Campus Center Luckasen Room. RSVP will be required. Special thanks to Gate City Bank for their sponsorship. Because of their generosity, graduates and their families will be invited to attend the brunch free of charge. Click here for more information and to RSVP.

Web Streaming

Plans are to stream the commencement ceremony live for those who are not able to attend. Login information will be posted here when it's available.


Jacobson Studio will serve as the official commencement photographer. There will be an opportunity for you to purchase photos. More information will be available soon.

Caps & Gowns

Are you all set with your cap and gown? If not, please contact Cheryl at the bookstore for assistance,

Classes on Sept. 25

So that faculty, staff, and current students may be a part of the commencement festivities, classes will be canceled beginning at noon on Friday, Sept. 25.

Overnight Accommodations

The Mayville Hometown Inn has limited accommodations. you may call them at 701-788-9081 to check availability and possibly be added to a waiting list.


Please submit your questions regarding Commencement 2020 to Sharyl Hanson at