Commencement Speaker: David A. Rubin
David Rubin is the Founding Principal of LAND COLLECTIVE and recipient of the
2011-2012 Rome Prize in Landscape Architecture from the American Academy in Rome.
His visionary contribution to the field in “empathy-driven design” is a hallmark of the
studio, gaining increasing notoriety for fusing issues of social justice in cities with
excellence in the design of public spaces. His work has received awards and honors from
the American Society of Landscape Architects and the American Institute of Architects.
Tickets will be required. You will be guaranteed six tickets, and we will maintain a list of requests for additional tickets, subject to availability.
Ceremony begins at 3; slideshow of student work starts at 2:15
This event will be live streamed for your friends and relatives. Watch this site for the URL as the date approaches.
We must know you are coming!In early March we will send all eligible
students (students who have applied to graduate fall 2016, spring
2017, and summer 2017) an email with a link to an online survey. We
need you to complete this survey so we can issue tickets for your
family and friends.
Here's your Commencement checklist:
- Complete the online survey by Friday, April 14. Completing the survey will 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 do not take the
survey by the deadline. Students who need additional tickets may email
firstname.lastname@example.org for up to two more tickets if available. We will begin issuing
additional tickets May 1.
- Cap and Gown at Grad Fest—no hassle for your tassle! Wednesday, March 22
and Thursday, March 23. 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. After processing into the auditorium,
students will be seated on the ground floor in the center sections. The program
consists of speeches from our David Rubin, presentations by several student
speakers, and the presentation of the degree candidates. We expect the ceremony
to end by 5 and will be followed by a reception in the Northrop Lobby and
- Parking: Parking will be available on the East Bank 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
- Seating: Open seating on the main floor and balconies. The doors to the
auditorium will open at 2:15 p.m. General admission; first come, first served.
- Seating arrangements for guests with special needs can be arranged by contacting
Northrop ticket office at 612.624.2345.
- 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. International students: Diplomas currently
take two to three months LONGER to reach your international address. Consider
ordering FedEx delivery. See http://onestop.umn.edu/academics/your-diploma
for more information.
- 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.