TRF Campus Graduates

Graduation information for graduates of the Northland Thief River Falls campus.

Apply for Graduation

Graduation is not automatic; ALL STUDENTS MUST APPLY TO GRADUATE even if they do not intend to participate in the commencement ceremony.

Application Deadlines

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.

Graduation Application

Any student planning to graduate from their program must have an Application to Graduate on file. Meeting graduation application deadlines (see deadlines above) 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 Graduation Application

Click the button below to being your online application for graduation.

Online Application for Graduation »

Paper Graduation Application

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

Commencement Information

Cap & Gown

Black cap and gown MUST be worn by all graduates during the ceremony. The cap, gown, and tassel unit will be available for purchase online. If only needing a cap or tassel, please purchase in the Northland Store.

Commencement Assembly Process

  • If you plan to participate in the ceremony, please stop in at the Northland Store to purchase a gown. Starting April 1st, the Northland Store 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 to begin lining up for graduation.
  • Please pick up your name card when you line up. You will hand the name card to the announcer when you approach the stage.
  • Ushers will lead you from the assembly area into the gym. You will be ushered to your seats. Please remain standing until asked to be seated.
  • 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.

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. 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).

  • Highest Honors: cumulative GPA 3.75 - 4.0 (Gold Stole)
  • Academic Excellence: cumulative GPA 3.50 - 3.74 (Honor Cord)

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.

Degrees, Diplomas & Certificates

Degrees, diplomas and certificates will be mailed approximately 4-8 weeks following the posting of your final grades (pending successful completion of your program requirements).

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2021 TRF Campus Commencement

Date: Thursday, May 13, 2021
Start Time: 6:30 P.M.
Note: Ceremony will last approximately 90 minutes.

Northland Campus Gymnasium
1101 Highway One East
Thief River Falls, MN

Commencement Recaps

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