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Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctoral Degree Commencement Ceremonies

Saturday, May 9, 2020
The Commencement ceremonies are not held on campus, they are in AMSOIL Arena which is at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC) located in downtown Duluth.

Grad Fair

Grad Fair is designed to be a one-stop event where graduates can purchase their commencement regalia and obtain all the information needed for Commencement day in order to ensure a successful graduation experience. 

This is the only day you can receive a 20 percent discount off your cap, gown, tassel, hood (regalia) and diploma frames during Grad Fair, March 2020, (date TBD) in the Kirby Ballroom.  Online orders also will receive the discount as long as they are placed by midnight on the day of Grad Fair.   UMD student ID cards are not required to purchase regalia; you may have a friend or relative pick up your cap and gown for you.  Caps are all the same size and gowns are sized by height.  If you are having someone pick up your gown for you be sure they know how tall you are.

UMD staff from the following departments will be on hand:

  • Office of the Registrar, to confirm undergraduate students have applied to graduate and sent in their RSVP for commencement
  • Graduate Office, to confirm graduate students have applied to graduate and sent in their RSVP for commencement
  • Student Advisors to assist with questions about degree requirements
  • Commencement Office, to answer any questions about Commencement Day
  • Alumni Relations, to let you know how you can keep in touch with UMD
  • Office of Financial Aid, to assist with questions you may have on your student loan
  • Grad Images will be take your picture in your regalia free of charge
  • Vendors for class rings, graduation announcements, etc. will also be in attendance

There will also be food and a chance to register for commencement prizes!

Academic Regalia

Academic regalia is mandatory for students participating in the UMD commencement ceremonies and all students are required to bring their regalia to commencement. 

UMD has negotiated a contract with the supplier that actually makes it less expensive for you to purchase your regalia rather than rent it. 

Where to Get Your Regalia before or after Grad Fair:

Caps, gowns, tassels and hoods are available at Lower Level UMD Stores. Staff can help you obtain the correct academic regalia if you give them the complete title of your degree and your college. Out-of-town students can order their regalia in person or online at UMD Stores online. For information, contact the Lower Level UMD Stores, 218-726-7286.

  • Doctoral and Master’s Degrees: In addition to their caps and gowns, students wear an academic hood in the color of their degree or field and are required to bring their hood to the ceremony.
  • Bachelor's Degree Gowns: students receiving their bachelor’s degree do not wear hoods.
  • 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 are worn to the back. Caps are worn throughout the formal academic function.
  • Tassels: The color represents the academic discipline; to determine which color tassel you need, check with the UMD Bookstore, or the Commencement webpage.

Undergraduate tassels are fastened to the top of the cap and hang on the right. Tassels should be switched to the left once candidates are recognized on stage. Your degree and field determine your tassel color.  Students earning dual degrees are welcome to wear tassel colors from all degrees earned. 

Master’s and Doctoral students wear their tassels on the left, like the faculty, and do not switch them during the ceremony. Master's tassels are black, regardless of major field. Doctoral tassels are gold, regardless of major field.

Students are welcome to wear academic and cultural stoles and/or decorate their caps.  

Double Major and Dual degrees

If you are graduating with more than one major or degree, in the same college, you must select which degree you wish to be recognized for.  

If you are graduating with more than one major or degree, from more than one college scheduled in the same ceremony, you must select which degree you wish to be recognized for which will determine which college you will process and sit with. 

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

Please contact Commencement if you have a double major or dual degrees. 

Please note your name will appear in the printed program under all degrees earned.

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

Accessibility at Commencement

We actively address the needs of our graduates who require accommodations on commencement day.  During the online RSVP registration, will you will be able to identify any question or accessibility support you may need and we will follow up with you to plan your participation.  You may also contact us at

Students Receiving Honors

Undergraduate degree candidates who are graduating with Latin honors wear honors medallions throughout the commencement ceremony. Students should consult their college advising office for details on eligibility. The medallions should be worn around the neck, and belong to the graduate. Medallions can be picked up at the Honors Table in Paulucci Hall prior to the ceremony.

No Commencement Rehearsal

There is not a rehearsal for commencement ceremonies.  It is extremely important that you read all emails regarding Commencement to be fully prepared. 

Visa Applications for family traveling from abroad

Some countries require official invitation requests from for families to apply for a Visa to attend commencement.  If someone in your family is required to provide an invitation to commencement, please contact International Student Services in the Multi-Cultural Center in Kirby Student Center.


Professional photographers from GradImages will be at the ceremony to take three photographs of all graduates. A photographer will take a portrait of you just prior to walking up to the stage to receive your diploma (cover), when you shake hands with the Chancellor or Regent, and a photo at the back of the arena, standing in front of Regents seal of the University of Minnesota holding your diploma cover. Graduates will be emailed a color proof a few weeks following the ceremony. Questions may be emailed to After the ceremony, you may order online at GradImages online or call 800-261-2576.

Prior to the ceremony: pre-register to receive a coupon for 20% off your entire order, you must register before commencement day to received your discount.  Vist for details. 

GradImages never has and never will sell or share the address/email information to any other vendor.

Photos are kept by GradImages and can be ordered at any time in the future.

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 approximately six weeks for delivery. Brochures and information are available at Lower Level UMD Stores.