Graduate Commencement

While we hope to hold an in-person commencement ceremony for CFANS graduate students at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, April 30, 2021 at the St. Paul Student Center, University COVID-19 restrictions will determine whether or not full-capacity, indoor events will be allowed at that time. Please stay tuned for updates.

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?

CFANS Graduate Students are eligible to participate in CFANS Graduate Commencement if they were officially awarded a graduate degree within the previous two (2) years OR if they will receive their graduate degree by December 31, 2020.

I can’t wait for Commencement, but how do I officially graduate?

I can’t wait for Commencement, but how do I officially graduate?

What is the ceremony timeline?

What is the ceremony timeline?

  • 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.—Check-in and Line up
     
  • 2:30 to 3:45 p.m.—Commencement ceremony
     
  • 4:00 p.m.—Join faculty & staff along with your family & friends at a celebratory reception

A detailed timeline will be sent to your UMN email address in April.

Where do I rent/purchase academic regalia?

Where do I rent/purchase academic regalia?

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. Extra regalia will NOT be available at the Commencement ceremony on May 1.

Should the in-person ceremony be canceled, students can return unopened apparel in its original packaging with a receipt by April 30.

How do I wear this academic regalia?

How do I wear this 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. Doctoral students walk in the procession with the hood draped over your arm. Hold up the hood by the small end, velvet side out, and fold in half lengthwise. Drape the hood over your left arm, with the velvet edge to the right and the narrow end on the outside. Make sure the cord is unfastened. As you wait in line to cross the stage, continue to hold your hood folded over your arm. Hand the hood to the designated faculty member by the small end.

Is there a place to store my belongings during the ceremony?

Is there a place to store my belongings during the ceremony?

No. Please leave all of your valuables at home or with family members. There is not a secure area available for personal belongings.

Can I leave once I cross the stage?

Can I leave once I cross the stage?

No. All graduates, faculty, and guests are expected to stay until the end of the ceremony.

I can no longer attend the Commencement ceremony, how do I cancel my registration?

I can no longer attend the Commencement ceremony, how do I cancel my registration?

Please send an email to cfansgradcc@umn.edu.

How many guests may I invite?

How many guests may I invite?

Students will each receive four (4) tickets for guests. Additional tickets may be available depending on the total number of student participants. Send additional ticket inquiries to cfansgradcc@umn.edu. Students will receive an email when tickets are available to pick up.

May family and friends take photographs during the ceremony?

May family and friends take photographs during the ceremony?

Yes, but they will not be allowed on the floor during the ceremony. Professional photographers will also be present to take photos of each graduate during the ceremony.

I am an International student. What do I need to do in order to invite my family members to the US for the ceremony?

I am an International student. What do I need to do in order to invite my family members to the US for the ceremony?

Contact your Graduate Program Coordinator and they will provide a letter for you to send to your family members. Visit the ISSS website for more information.

My family cannot attend the ceremony. Will it be live streamed?

My family cannot attend the ceremony. Will it be live streamed?

Yes. Family and friends can stream the ceremony live on Friday, May 1, 2020 at 2:30 p.m. Central Time via the Ceremony Video page.

Does the North Star Ballroom in the St. Paul Student Center have disability access?

Does the North Star Ballroom in the St. Paul Student Center have disability access?

Yes. Disability parking is available on Buford Avenue, directly across from the St. Paul Student Center on the south side of the street. The ballroom—numbered 220 in the map below— is on the second floor of the building, which can be accessed using the elevator that's also indicated on the map.

St. Paul Student Center second floor map with labels

Who do I contact if I have further questions?

Who do I contact if I have further questions?