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Graduation Ceremony


BSU's 2015 Graduation Ceremony will be at the Sanford Center, 1111 Event Center Drive NE, Bemidji.  An aerial photo of the Center is available here.


Parking is available at the Sanford Center for no additional charge.  While there are approximately 1000 parking spots, based on last years attendance, carpooling is encouraged to minimize overflow parking on the streets. Students and Guests may park in the Bangsberg parking lot on the BSU campus and carpool from there. (No permits are required in BSU parking lots on Commencement Day.)


No tickets are needed for family or friends to attend. Seating is treated as a first come - first serve basis.  A diagram of the seating is available here.  Guests enter through Gate 2 with the exception of those guests that are handicapped and/or hearing impaired, they may enter through Gate 3, seating in sections U and V and are reserved for these guests on a first come - first serve basis.

Assembly - Graduates

Graduates will assemble in the Sanford Convention Center and may enter through Gate 4.  Graduates should arrive at the Convention Center by 1:15 p.m. and report to the appropriate room for the commencement march.


GradImages is the official photographer for our Commencement.  Proofs will be sent to your home and via email within three to five days after graduation. Pictures can be ordered online, by phone or by mail.  Graduation Images can be contacted at 800-261-2576 or via email at  .

Registering your graduate with GradImages provides them with the information they need to deliver your graduation proofs to you in a timely manner.  Giving them an accurate mailing address will allow them to get your proofs to you on the first try. You may also provide them with email addresses of up to six friends and family members to allow them to celebrate in the accomplishment.