Ridgewater College Graduation Ceremony Information

Hutchinson Graduation Ceremony

3:00 P.M. 
Thursday, May 10, 2018

McLeod County Fairgrounds
Commercial Building
840 Century Ave SW
Hutchinson, MN 55350

Copies of the Hutchinson ceremony are available for purchase in Blu-Ray or DVD format for $10 per disc. Interested parties can contact the Hutchinson Community Video Network at (320)587-3113 or hcvnsupport@hutchtel.net.

Willmar Graduation Ceremony

3:00 P.M. 
Friday, May 11, 2018

Willmar Civic Center Arena
2707 Arena Dr.
Willmar, MN 56201

To view a recording of the Willmar ceremony, please visit the link below. Works best in Firefox or Edge.

Questions about graduation? Please contact Student Life:

Hutchinson Campus

Heather Marcus

Willmar Campus

Angela Boersma


Professional Photo proofs will be emailed to the address provided by the graduate through their Ceremony Attendance Form.  If you have questions regarding your proofs or your order, please contact Grad Images at 800-261-2576.

Congratulations On Your Graduation!

Ceremony Details:

  • All graduates must sign up in order to walk at the Graduation Ceremony by May 1 (Please see above).
  • Tickets are not required for this event but we do encourage families to bring 8 or fewer guests, if possible. Seating is open with the exception of the reserved seating for our Graduates and Ridgewater faculty & staff.
  • The ceremony lasts approximately 1 hour to 1 ½ hours.
  • There will not be a rehearsal graduation practice before the ceremony.
  • Graduates must arrive at 2:00 pm; graduates will begin their check-in and receive line up instruction at that time.
  • Doors will open at 2:00 pm for guests.

Ceremony Rules:

  • A black cap, black gown, and Ridgewater tassel are required apparel for all commencement participants.  Apparel packages will be available for purchase starting April 2 at the Ridgewater College Bookstores.

o   Students may purchase apparel packages through their website or by visiting the Ridgewater Bookstore during their regular hours, 7:45 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday – Thursday and 7:45 a.m. – 3:00pm on Fridays. Apparel will not be available for purchase at the ceremonies.

o   If you own your own black cap and black gown from a previous graduation ceremony, it is appropriate to use that instead of purchasing a new cap and gown package, however, you must still purchase a Ridgewater tassel, available in the bookstore for $5.

  • If you qualify to receive honor regalia, it may be picked up between 2:00 and 2:30 p.m. the afternoon of the ceremony in the Commercial Building Foyer of the McLeod County Fairgrounds or the Blue Line Area connected to the Willmar Civic Center.

You must meet the following criteria to receive honor regalia:

        4.0 Cumulative GPA - Medallion and Gold Cord
        3.75-3.99 Cumulative GPA - Gold Cord

  • Per Ridgewater Policy nothing else may be placed or written on your graduation cap and gown, i.e. corsages, pins, additional program or club honor cords.

  • Please note, according to Ridgewater College Policy, the only regalia that graduates may wear are the medallion and honor cords presented by Ridgewater College and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society cord and tassel.

Hutchinson Graduation Ceremony

3:00 P.M. 
Thursday, May 11, 2017

Click here to view recorded 
Hutchinson Campus ceremony.

To order a $10 DVD copy of this ceremony,
email hcvnsupport@hutchtel.net.

Willmar Graduation Ceremony

3:00 P.M. 
Friday, May 12, 2017​

Click here to view recorded
Willmar Campus ceremony.

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If you plan to walk in the 2017 Commencement Ceremony, please complete this Commencement Participation Form and return it to the locations indicated on the form for your respected campus by MAY 1, 2017.

Hutchinson Commencement Ceremony

7:00 P.M. 
Thursday, May 14, 2015

Commercial Building
McLeod County Fairgrounds
Hutchinson, MN
Willmar Commencement Ceremony

7:00 P.M. 
Friday, May 15, 2015
Willmar Civic Center
Willmar, MN​

Ridgewater College Graduation Expo

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 1 pm - 6 pm
First Floor-Student Services Building - Willmar Campus

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 1 pm - 6 pm
College Commons - Hutchinson Campus

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



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