College of Design

Ceremony: Saturday, May 13, 2017, 3:00 p.m.,
Northrop Auditorium

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.




We must know you are coming!

The online RSVP survey has closed. If you did not respond but wish to participate, go to either 107 Rapson or 12 McNeal. Tickets for guest may be available but are not guaranteed.


Here's your Commencement checklist:


- 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. If you did not attend GradFest, you can still get your cap and gown at the Bookstore in Coffman.


- 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

Northrop Plaza.


- 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



- Directions to Northrup Auditorium


- 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

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.



Contact Information

College of Design

Saint Paul Offices

32 McNeal Hall, 1985 Buford Ave, St. Paul, MN 55108

P: 612-626-9068 | F: 612-625-1922

[directions and maps]

Minneapolis Offices

101 Rapson Hall, 89 Church St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

P: 612-626-9068 | F: 612-625-7525

[directions and maps]

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