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UMD Commencement Information

2014 Commencement Ceremonies

It's Your Day... Congratulations!

There are two ceremonies for students receiving undergraduate degrees on Saturday, May 17 in the AMSOIL Arena of the DECC (Duluth Entertainment Convention Center). Maps to the DECC are available at Maps for Commencement. Guests do not need tickets. The doors to the arena will open one hour before the ceremony begins.

What graduates need to do on commencement day

10 a.m. Ceremony

College of Education and Human Service Professions (CEHSP)
School of Fine Arts (SFA)
College of Liberal Arts (CLA)


Graduates must report to the name card table in Pioneer Hall at the DECC between 8:30-9:30 a.m. to pick up name cards for the 10 a.m. ceremony. Students also must be in their proper academic procession lines by 9:40 a.m. Name cards are color-coded and numbered, so graduates know which line to join and their approximate place in line. Line locations are clearly marked. Once you have taken your place in line, follow the instructions of the staff wearing "Commencement Official" badges; they will also answer your questions.

Do not lose your name card. You will hand this card to the reader as you prepare to cross the stage and be recognized during the ceremony. You must present a card in order for the reader to call your name.

When it is time for you to cross the stage, you will proceed to the stage area and wait at the top of the ramp for your name to be read. After you have been recognized, you will come down the other ramp and return to your seat.

3 p.m. Ceremony

Labovitz School of Business and Economics (LSBE)
Swenson College of Science and Engineering (SCSE)


Graduates must report to the name card table in Pioneer Hall at the DECC between 1:30-2:30 p.m. to pick up name cards for the 3 p.m. ceremony. Students also must be in their proper academic procession lines by 2:40 p.m. Name cards are color-coded and numbered, so graduates know which line to join and their approximate place in line. Line locations are clearly marked. Once you have taken your place in line, follow the instructions of the staff wearing "Commencement Official" badges; they will also answer your questions.

Do not lose your name card. You will hand this card to the reader as you prepare to cross the stage and be recognized during the ceremony. You must present a card in order for the reader to call your name.

When it is time for you to cross the stage, you will proceed to the stage area and wait at the top of the ramp for your name to be read. After you have been recognized, you will come down the other ramp and return to your seat.

What if I am earning dual degrees?

If you are graduating with more than one degree, from more than one college (scheduled in different ceremonies) you may participate in your preferred ceremony, or may participate in both ceremonies.

Do I have the option of attending either ceremony?

Graduates must attend the ceremony specified for their college/school.

Guest Seating

Guest seating is general admission; no tickets are needed. The doors to AMSOIL Arena will open for guests an hour before the ceremony (9 a.m. in the morning, 2 p.m. in the afternoon). If you have a guest who is unable to climb stairs, please arrive early and locate an usher for assistance.

May Small Children Attend?

Small children are welcome to attend the ceremony; however, this ceremony can last more than two hours.

The Commencement Ceremony

The commencement ceremony goal is under two hours.

Graduates will be marching and standing a good part of the time -- low-heeled, comfortable dress shoes are recommended.

Since there is no secure area to leave your personal belongings, you may wish to leave jackets, purses, etc. with family members.

Candidates for degrees are the highlight of the commencement exercises. Your name will be called and you will cross the stage area. If you need special seating arrangements or help crossing the stage, please email the Commencement Committee.

Eligibility

Any student who has completed course work or received a degree for the 2013-2014 academic year is eligible to participate in the commencement ceremony. Students completing their graduation requirements in fall, spring or summer semesters are eligible to take part in commencement. All students planning to participate in commencement must have the approval of their college office.

No Commencement Rehearsal

There will be no rehearsal for the commencement ceremony.

Photography

Three professional photographers from GradImages will be at the ceremony to take photographs of all graduates. A photographer will take a portrait of you right before you cross the stage, and a second as you walk back to your seat. Graduates will be emailed a color proof following the ceremony. Questions may be emailed to service@gradimages.com. After the ceremony you may order online at GradImages or call 800-261-2576.

Prior to the ceremony: To pre-register your permanent email address, please visit GradImages and click on Pre-Event Registration. You may add contact information for up to 6 additional relatives and/or friends. GradImages never has and never will sell or share the address/email information to any other vendor.

Parking

Parking for commencement is at regular Duluth Entertainment Convention Center rates. Parking is also available in downtown Duluth, which is connected to the DECC by a skywalk system.

Commencement Program

The commencement program distributed on commencement day will list the names of all graduates and undergraduates who have been approved for listing by their college office. All students so approved will be listed in the commencement program, regardless of whether they participate in commencement exercises.

Students who attend commencement will find programs on their chairs when they march in for the ceremony. Please do not pick up a program before the ceremony and carry it in the processional.

Academic Costume Information

Academic costume is mandatory for those students participating in commencement at UMD.

The following rules regarding academic costume are generally used by all colleges and universities in the United States. Candidates should keep in mind that it is appropriate to wear dark clothing and shoes with academic costume. Flowers, decorative jewelry, and emblems are not appropriate.

Doctorate and Masters' Degrees: Students are required to bring their hood and attire to the ceremony.

Bachelor's Degree Gowns: These gowns are used by all four-year degree candidates. The black bachelor's gown has long pointed sleeves and is worn closed at the top. Hoods are not worn.

Caps: The cap at the University of Minnesota is the same for all academic degrees. When worn, mortarboards should be flat on the head, not tilted. The long point of the shell should be worn to the rear. Caps are worn throughout the formal academic function except when men remove their caps during the national anthem, and "Hail! Minnesota." Women do not remove their caps.

Tassels: At UMD, tassels are fastened to the top of the cap and hang on the left. Tassels should be switched to the right once candidates are recognized on stage. Your degree and field determine your tassel color. To determine which color tassel you need, click here.

Students Receiving Honors: Undergraduate degree candidates who are graduating with Latin honors wear honors medallions throughout the commencement ceremony. Students should consult their college office for details on eligibility. The medallions should be worn around the neck, and they need not be returned. Once awarded, they belong to the graduate. Medallions can be picked up at the medallion table prior to the ceremony.

Where to Get Your Cap, Gown and Tassel: Caps, gowns and tassels are available at Lower Level UMD Stores. Staff can help you obtain the correct academic costume if you give them the complete title of your degree and your college. Students on campus should order gowns in person from Lower Level UMD Stores. Out-of-town students can order their caps and gowns in person or online at UMD Stores Online Graduation Source.

Students are encouraged to pick up their caps, gowns and tassels well ahead of the commencement ceremony to avoid any last-minute confusion.

You can receive a 20 percent discount off your gap, gown, tassel and diploma frames during Grad Fair.

Graduation Announcements

Formal graduation announcements are available in Lower Level UMD Stores. The announcements have space for graduates to fill in date, time and location of their ceremony. Personalized announcements may be ordered from Jostens.

Class Rings

Class rings may be ordered from Jostens and from the UMD Stores website. Allow six weeks for delivery. Brochures and information are aavilable at Lower Level UMD Stores.

Diplomas

It is not possible to process final grades and prepare degree lists in time to present diplomas on commencement day. Instead, you will receive a diploma cover when you cross the stage. Diplomas are mailed to all students (whether or not they participate in commencement) approximately three months following the end of the semester that a student applies to graduate. All diplomas are the same size.

Other Information

Information on degree requirements and diplomas should be directed to the Office of Financial Aid and Registrar, 218-726-8000. For cap, gown and tassel information, call Lower Level UMD Stores, 218-726-7286.

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