Graduate Commencement

CFANS Graduate Commencement 2022

Saturday, May 7, 2022 at 1 p.m. | Ted Mann Concert Hall


View the digital program Watch a recording of the ceremony

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(More photos GradImages will be emailed to students)

Students were invited via email to participate in CFANS Graduate Commencement if they are scheduled to complete their master’s, professional, or doctoral degree from any program in the University of Minnesota College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences in Fall 2021, Spring 2022, May Term 2022, or Summer 2022. Also, for the 2022 Commencement, students who previously graduated in academic years 2020 and 2021 will be invited to return and be recognized for their academic accomplishments at the in-person 2022 ceremony.

Graduate registration closed on March 25; contact cfansgradcc@umn.edu if you would still like to walk. 

Information for Families and Guests

CFANS Graduate Commencement 2022 will be held on Saturday, May 7, 2022 at Ted Mann Concert Hall. The ceremony will begin at 1:00 p.m.  Building doors will open to the public at noon; auditorium doors will open for seating at 12:30 p.m.

Masks are not currently required by the University of Minnesota at spring commencement ceremonies, however, the Minneapolis Health Department strongly recommends masking in indoor public settings. For up-to-date policies and guidelines, please regularly check this University website to keep yourself and your guests informed. 

Information for Families and Guests unable to attend in-person

CFANS Graduate Commencement 2022 will begin livestreaming on the ceremony page linked at 1 p.m. (CT) on Saturday, May 7, 2022. A recording of the ceremony will be available immediately to follow.

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?

Students were invited via email earlier this spring to participate in CFANS Graduate Commencement 2022 if you are scheduled to complete your master’s or doctoral degree from any program in the University of Minnesota College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences in Fall 2021, Spring 2022 or Summer 2022. 

Those who completed master’s or doctoral degrees from a CFANS program in academic years 2020 and 2021 were also invited to register via email.

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? 

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.

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 attend the ceremony?

How can my friends and family attend the ceremony?

When registration goes live for Commencement, you will be able to request tickets for friends and/or family members to attend. 

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

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

Yes, the ceremony will be recorded and available to view on the CFANS Youtube channel after the ceremony date.

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?

Graduates will receive their diploma cover as they cross the stage during commencement. 

What are the University's current COVID-19 policies affecting commencement?

While we are planning an in-person commencement ceremony, the college will abide by University COVID-19 policies and guidelines that are in place at the time of commencement. Masks are not currently required by the University of Minnesota at spring commencement ceremonies, however, the Minneapolis Health Department strongly recommends masking in indoor public settings. For up-to-date policies and guidelines, please regularly check this University website to keep yourself and your guests informed.