Commencement Speaker: Former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak
In March we will send all eligible students an e-mail with a link to our online RSVP survey. We need you to complete the very short survey so that we can plan for our reception and pronounce your name correctly as you walk across the stage!
Undergraduates: You must have applied online for your degree for fall 2013, spring 2014, or summer 2014 by April 1 to participate in the commencement ceremony.
Go to UMN One Stop to apply.
Graduate students: You received an e-mail to RSVP for commencement if you were nearing the end of your program. If you did not respond, and you want your name in the program and want to participate, go to 12 McNeal Hall or 107 Rapson by May 1 and fill out a form at the front desk.
Cap and Gown Information: Caps and gowns are optional, but most students going through commencement do wear them.
Attend Gradfest on Wednesday March 26 (10-6pm) or Thursday, March 27 (10-4pm) in the Great Hall of Coffman Memorial Union.
If you are unable to attend GradFest, you may purchase your cap and gown at the U of M Bookstore at Coffman Memorial Union or the St. Paul Student Center.
Ceremony details [PDF]: Check in is at 2:00! Leave your valuables with family or friends. We have no safe place to put them.
Seating: No tickets are required. The doors 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.
Parking: Parking will be available in the 4th Street Ramp (4th Street & 17th Ave. SE), the Washington Ave. Ramp (Washington and Harvard), the University Ave. Ramp (University Ave.) as well as a number of lots along 4th Street SE running parallel to University Avenue.
Photographs: Grad Images will attend commencement and will be taking a photograph of each graduate as they are recognized on stage and will send you a free color proof via your U of M e-mail. The proof will be mailed within a week of the ceremony. Enlargements will be available to you at a reasonable price. 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 to note this on your online RSVP. Your achievement will be noted in the program. Achievement medallions are given to students completing the honors program and students graduating with distinction (3.75-3.89) or high distinction (3.90 or above) recieve honors cords.
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