TRF Career & Technical Graduates

Graduation information for career & technical program graduates of the TRF campus.

Application for Graduation

Application Deadlines

Graduation is not automatic; all students must apply to graduate even if they do not intend to participate in the commencement ceremony.

Term Deadline to Apply
Fall Graduation (December) October 15
Spring or Summer Graduation (May) March 1

*If a graduation deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, applications will be through the next business day. Failure to apply on time may delay your graduation.

Apply for Graduation

Any student planning to graduate from their program must have an Application to Graduate on file. Meeting graduation application deadlines will ensure that your name is listed on the commencement program. However, graduation applications are accepted year round. Apply online or submit a paper application below:

Online Application for Graduation »

Submit Your Paper Graduation Application
Please submit your completed paper Application for Graduation to:

  • Lynell Wayne
  • Academic Advisor/Graduation Coordinator
  • Thief River Falls - Office #525A
  • (218) 683-8562

TRF Commencement 2020

Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 6:30 P.M.

TRF Northland Campus Gymnasium
Thief River Falls, MN

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Ceremony Process

  • If you plan to participate in the ceremony, please stop in at the Northland Store to purchase a gown. Starting April 1st, the bookstore will have a selection of sizes of gowns available. (If you do not plan to participate in the graduation ceremony, nothing else needs to be done.)
  • If you live in the Thief River Falls area or are on campus, you may want to attend graduation rehearsal on Thursday, May 14 at 12:00 pm in the Northland gymnasium. This will be a brief 20 to 30 minute rehearsal to go over the graduation procedure and seating arrangements.
  • All graduates participating in the ceremony need to report to the Student Commons Area no later than 5:30 pm on Thursday, May 14 to begin lining up for graduation. Name cards will need to be picked up before students are lined up. You will hand the name card to the announcer as you approach the stage.
  • Ushers will lead you from the assembly area to the gymnasium.
  • Honor Students: Honor Medallions and Stoles will be distributed to students who are graduating with Academic Excellence or Highest Honors. Review your academic transcript to determine honor eligibility. Honor calculations are based on the cumulative GPA of the student academic transcript following fall semester 2017. Spring semester grades are not available prior to commencement. Final academic honors will be posted to final transcripts. The DARS report is not an academic transcript and will not be used to calculate honors. Highest Honors - Cumulative GPA 3.75-4.0 (Medallion & Stole). Academic Excellence - Cumulative GPA 3.50-3.74 (Medallion). Medallions and stoles will be available the evening of graduation or anytime between April 1 and May 10 from Lynell Wayne in the Student Services Area (Office 525B).
  • The Graduation Committee does not distribute Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Stoles. If you are a PTK member and would like a stole for graduation, please make sure to contact your PTK Advisor prior to graduation.
  • If you have any questions, feel free to contact Lynell Wayne at (218)683-8562 or 1-800-959-6282 Ext. 8562, e-mail:, or stop into Office 525B.
  • Degrees, diplomas and certificates will be mailed approximately 3-6 weeks following posting of your final grades (pending successful completion of your program requirements).

Commencement Recaps

Relive your memories of Northland's Thief River Falls campus commencement ceremonies.

Welcome New Alumni!

Congratulations on becoming a Northland college graduate! Now that you've graduated, you're ready to join the Northland Alumni Association. Start staying in touch today.

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  • Phone: 218.793.2800
  • Toll Free: 1.800.959.6282
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  • Thief River Falls, MN 56701
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