Top 10 Bachelor's Degree Commencement Questions

UMD graduates seated during commencement ceremony.

UMD graduates at commencement ceremony.

1) When is commencement, and how long will it last?

Commencement is Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 10 a.m. (Labovitz School of Business and Economics/Swenson College of Science and Engineering graduates) and 3 p.m. (College of Education and Human Service Professions/School of Fine Arts/College of Liberal Arts graduates) in the Amsoil Arena at the DECC (Duluth Entertainment Convention Center). The goal is less than two hours for each ceremony.

2) What do graduates need to do on commencement day?

Graduates need to be in the DECC Arena between 8:30-9:30 a.m. for the 10 a.m. ceremony and between 1:30-2:30 p.m. for the 3 p.m. ceremony. You can access the DECC Arena from the parking ramps or downtown via the skywalk. Allow plenty of time to park and get into the DECC Arena. Maps are available at: http://www.d.umn.edu/commencement/maps

In the DECC Arena graduates pick up their name cards and line up for the commencement procession. Complete information is available at: http://www.d.umn.edu/commencement/commence_day.html

3) Where is the DECC?

The DECC is on the Duluth waterfront at 350 Harbor Drive. Maps are available at: http://www.d.umn.edu/commencement/maps

4) Who do I contact about disability accommodations or ASL interpreters I need during the ceremony?

To arrange disability accommodations for yourself during the ceremony, including ASL interpreters, please email the Commencement Committee at: ceremony@d.umn.edu Two weeks notice is requested.

5) Is seating available for guests unable to climb stairs?

Several seats in the arena are reserved for guests unable to climb stairs. Ushers will help guests find appropriate seating. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests are asked to arrive early to guarantee their needs are met. For questions about additional accommodations, email the Commencement Committee at: ceremony@d.umn.edu

6) Where do graduates and their guests park?

Parking is available in two parking ramps at the DECC. Parking is also available in several lots in Downtown Duluth, with access to the DECC through the Skywalk system. Guests and students staying at hotels in the Canal Park area or in Downtown Duluth are encouraged to walk to the DECC. Complete information about parking is at: http://www.d.umn.edu/commencement/maps

While there is plenty of parking at the DECC, graduates and their guests do need to plan ahead to avoid traffic delays. Remind out-of-town guests to allow additional time when making their travel plans.

7) Do guests need tickets?

No. Seating is open. The Amsoil Arena doors open an hour before each ceremony.

8) Are there professional photographers at the ceremony?

Yes. Professional photographers from Grad Images will take two photographs: a portrait of you before you cross the stage and a photograph of you as you leave the stage and walk back to your seat. You will be contacted by email after the ceremony with ordering instructions. You can register in advance at: Grad Images.

9) Where do graduates receive their Latin Honors medallions?

Honors medallions are distributed on commencement day in Pioneer Hall.

10) I'm a graduate student - where do I pick up my hood?

Doctorate and masters' students will need to bring their hoods with them prior to lining up in the DECC Arena. Please contact your department for more information.