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Ceremony: Saturday, May 17, 2014, 3:00PM, Northrop Auditorium

NEW: Due to unexpected demand, tickets will be required. All students who said they will be attending will be notified about ticket pick up.


Commencement Speaker: Former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak


Questions-Contact Gayle Whitney at or call 612-624-4244.




Commencement Checklist


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.


Order online for Bachelor degree cap and gown


Order online for Master degree cap and gown


Order online for cap and gown.


Ceremony details [PDF]: Check in is at 2:00! Leave your valuables with family or friends. We have no safe place to put them.


Instructions for lining up [PDF]


Directions Northop Auditorium


Seating: 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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