Graduate Commencement

CFANS Virtual Graduate Commencement 2021

Friday, May 14, 2021 at 3 p.m. (CDT) | Virtual Ceremony

Join us for the ceremonial conferring of degrees, featuring Commencement addresses delivered by video and individual recognition of our graduates online, in order to safely, securely and equitably celebrate across the College.


Information for Families and Guests

CFANS Virtual Graduate Commencement 2021 will begin streaming on the CFANS website by video at 3 p.m. (CDT) on Friday, May 14, 2021.

A recording of the ceremony will be available immediately to follow.

Information for Graduates

You were invited to participate in CFANS Virtual Commencement 2021 if you are scheduled to complete your master’s, professional, or doctoral degree from any department in the University of Minnesota College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences in Fall 2020, Spring 2021, May Term 2021, or Summer 2021. 

Graduates received emails in early April with instructions for how to: 

  • Send an RSVP so you are included in the virtual ceremony’s website
  • Upload a photo of yourself and the pronunciation of your name

Register by April 20 at 11:59 p.m. through MarchingOrder (invitation was emailed to students) to participate in the virtual ceremony on Friday, May 14 at 3 p.m. (CST). Participating includes customizing your individual slide that will be shown and name read aloud during the virtual ceremony, displaying your submitted photo and message. Registered participants will receive a commencement package including their diploma cover, printed program, and gift from the Graduate Student Board. Contact cfansgradcc@umn.edu with any questions.

Social Media

Share photos using #CFANS2021 on Instagram and Twitter

Graduation Photo Op

Monday, May 3-Monday, May 17, 2021 | Gateway Plaza outside McNamara Alumni Center

Show your UMN pride and create a memory at a giant graduation photo op! Share a photo of you at the photo op and tag #UMNAlumni on Instagram or Twitter. The first 50 to post will receive a free one-year membership to the University of Minnesota Alumni Association.

UMN Virtual Photo booth

Take your campus selfie to the next level in the virtual photo booth! Upload a photo of yourself and place yourself in a campus 

Frequently Asked Questions

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Am I eligible to participate in the Commencement ceremony?

Am I eligible to participate in the Commencement ceremony?

You will be invited to participate in CFANS Virtual Graduate Commencement 2021 if you are scheduled to complete your master’s or doctoral degree from any department in the University of Minnesota College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences in Fall 2020, Spring 2021 or Summer 2021.

What's the difference between graduation and commencement?

What's the difference between graduation and commencement?

Graduation is the completion of all degree requirements as recorded on the official transcript. Commencement is the ceremony that celebrates the completion of a degree. Participation in the commencement ceremony does not imply that you have officially graduated.

For more information regarding steps required for the award of your degree, please contact your Graduate Program Coordinator and/or the Graduate Student Services & Progress (GSSP) Office:

How do I purchase or rent academic attire?

How do I purchase or rent academic attire?

Graduates will not need academic regalia for the purpose of virtual commencement. However, graduates will have opportunities to submit photos and videos of themselves to display as part of CFANS Virtual Commencement 2021. Therefore some graduates may wish to obtain a tassel, cap, gown, hood, etc. Academic regalia is available for rental or purchase at the University Bookstore in Coffman Union, St. Paul Student Center, or online at the University Bookstore.

Virtual "No Hassle for the Tassel" event at the University Bookstore takes place March 24 - 26, offering special savings and promotions on academic regalia as a "one-stop" source for graduation services and products.

 How to wear academic regalia: The cap is worn with the pointed end to the front and parallel to the ground. The tassel is worn on the left side throughout the ceremony.

How can my friends and family watch the ceremony?

How can my friends and family watch the ceremony?

Students will receive ceremony viewing information via email to share with friends and family. This page will also be updated with all virtual commencement links. 

There is no limit on the number of guests who can view the virtual ceremony.

Can I watch the ceremony at a later date and time?

Can I watch the ceremony at a later date and time? 

Yes. After the virtual ceremony goes live at 3 p.m. (CDT) on Friday, May 14, 2021, the recording will be immediately available to view in its entirety. 

Whom should I contact if I have further questions?

Whom should I contact if I have further questions?

How will I receive my diploma cover?

How will I receive my diploma cover?

Students who register to participate in the virtual ceremony through MarchingOrder will received a mailed package with their diploma cover, printed program and gift from the Graduate Student Board.