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Ceremony: Saturday, May 16, 2015, 3:00PM, Northrop Auditorium


Tickets are required and must be picked up by Friday, May 8.


We will be livestreaming the program at


Commencement Speaker: Doug Powell, Design Principal, IBM Design


Doug Powell is a designer with more than 25 years of experience in a wide range of design disciplines. A 2014 Distinguished Alumni award recipient from the Sam Fox School of Design at Washington University in St. Louis, Doug is a lecturer, commentator and thought leader on design issues, having presented at a variety of national conferences and forums including the 2015 Offset design conference in Dublin, Ireland, Bright Ideas on Minnesota Public Radio, the 2011 Mayo Clinic Transform Conference, and the 2012 TEDx ArtCenter. Between 2011-2013 Doug served as the national president of AIGA, the professional association for design, the largest and oldest design organization in the world. He is currently a design principal at IBM Design in Austin, Texas where he directs the design education program.



Here’s your Commencement checklist:


  • You must have completed the online survey by Tuesday, April 21. We needed to know you are coming and how to pronounce your name. Completing the survey put your name on the list for up to 6 tickets for family and friends. We cannot guarantee that tickets will be available for students who did not take the survey by the deadline. Students who need additional tickets may email for up to two more tickets if available.


  • Cap and Gown at Grad Fest—no hassle for your tassle! Wednesday, March 25 and Thursday, March 26.  Caps and gowns are optional, but most students going through commencement each year do wear them.


  • Ceremony details: Check in is at 2:00! Leave your valuables with family or friends—we have no safe place to put them.


  • Parking: Parking will be available in the 4th Street Ramp (4th Street & 17th Ave. SE), the Washington Ave. Ramp (Washington and Harvard), as well as a number of lots along 4th Street SE running parallel to University Avenue.



  • Seating: Open seating on the main floor and balconies. The doors to the auditorium will open at 2:15 p.m. Seating arrangements for guests with special needs can be arranged by calling Gayle Whitney at (612) 624-4244.


  • Photographs: GradImages will attend commencement and will be taking photographs of each graduate and will send you color proofs via your U of M e-mail.The proofs will be mailed within a week of the ceremony.Family members are encouraged to relax in their seats and limit their personal picture taking to before or after the ceremony.


  • Diploma: Most students generally receive their diplomas two to three months after completing their degree requirements. Participation in the graduation ceremony does not guarantee that you have completed your degree. Be sure to contact your academic adviser if you have questions or concerns about completing your degree requirements.


  • Recognition for Academic Achievement: If you are an undergraduate graduating with a cumulative GPA of 3.75 or above, and/OR if you are completing the honors program, please be sure note that on the online survey. Your achievement will be noted in the program. Students graduating with distinction (GPA 3.75-3.89) or high distinction (3.90 or above) will receive honors cords when checking in at commencement. Students completing Latin Honors will receive an honors medallion directly from UHP.