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Top 10 Bachelor's Degree Commencement Questions

UMD graduates at the commencement ceremony.

UMD graduates at commencement ceremony.

1) When is commencement, and how long will it last?
Commencement is Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. in the Amsoil Arena at the DECC (Duluth Entertainment Convention Center). The goal is approximately two hours for each ceremony.

2) What do graduates need to do on commencement day?
Graduates need to be in Paulucci Hall 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 Paulucci Hall from the parking ramps or downtown via the skywalk. Allow plenty of time to park and get into Paulucci Hall. Maps are available at:

In Paulucci Hall, graduates will pick up their name cards and then proceed to the DECC Arena for line up for the commencement procession. Complete information is available at:

3) Where is the DECC?
The DECC is on the Duluth waterfront at 350 Harbor Drive. Maps are available at:

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: Two weeks notice is requested.

5) Is seating available 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:

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:

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 DECC Arena.

10) I'm a graduate student - where do I pick up my hood?
Doctorate and masters' students will need to bring their own hoods with them prior to picking up name cards in Paulucci Hall and then proceeding to DECC Arena for line up. Please contact your department for more information.