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2015 Commencement Ceremony Information



Saturday, May 16, 2015


Northrop Memorial Auditorium, 84 Church Street SE, Minneapolis, on the East Bank of Campus.

Start Time

The Ceremony begins promptly at 10:00 a.m. (central time) and lasts approximately 2 hours with a reception following the ceremony until 1:00 p.m.

Student Arrival Time

Students should plan to arrive at Northrop by 8:30 a.m. Follow the signage and directions from staff about where to assemble.

Class Picture

Your class picture will be taken at 8:45 a.m. Please make every effort to arrive by 8:30 a.m. to get lined up and robed properly.

A separate picture will be taken of the LL.M. students at 9 a.m. following the J.D. class.


Allow time for parking on the East Bank, as lines can be long. If you require handicapped parking, call 626-PARK for assistance.

For more information about parking, traffic, freeway access and maps, go to:



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When you arrive, follow the signs to Graduate Check-In and pick up your name card. You will need your name card for the class photo at 8:45 a.m. After the class picture, there will be some time to mingle before lining up alphabetically before the procession into the auditorium.

Graduates will be led at 10:00 a.m. into the auditorium to their reserved seats, and will be directed when it is time to approach the stage by Dean Keyes.

When it's time to approach the stage, hand your name card to the faculty member announcing the graduates. Once your name is announced, walk across the stage, shake hands with the Dean and return to your seat. Remember to take one second to look at the camera at center stage during the handshake.


Tickets are not necessary and there is no guest limit for graduates. The doors will open at 9:30 a.m. to the public. Early seating will be available for persons with disabilities and the elderly. Staff will be available to provide assistance.

Handicap Accessibility

Those with disabilities and the elderly are encouraged to arrive by 9:00 a.m. for both parking and early seating. Staff will be available to assist with early seating.

Cameras & Video Cameras

Cameras and video camera are welcome, though aisles cannot be blocked and no one is allowed stage front.


Following the ceremony there will be a light reception around the perimeter of Northrop until 1:00 p.m. Weather permitting the reception will be outside on the Northrop Mall.

Cap & Gown Orders

J.D. Students:
Order online OR at the Law School Bookstore. Rental package costs $43.95. All items are rented except the tassel, which is yours to keep. After next Friday, April 17, the price will increase by $10.

LL.M. & M.S.P.L. Students:
Order online OR at the Law School Bookstore. The cost is $39.95. The hood is rented; cap, gown, and tassel are yours to keep. After next Friday, April 17, the price will increase by $10.

Order from the Law School Bookstore
The Bookstore has on display examples of the regalia, diploma frames, invitations, announcements and rings. You can purchase a diploma frame in the store, though you will want to order your invitations, announcements, or ring online. The Bookstore hours are Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Delivery Date
Your regalia will be delivered to the Law School on Wednesday, May 6, and available in Auerbach Commons from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. If you can't pick up your items on May 6, they will be available through the Career Center.

Hearing Impaired and Interpreter Accommodations

If you are attending Commencement and you, a family member, or friend require accommodations for a sign language interpreter at the ceremony, contact Linda Lokensgard by Wednesday, April 15. University Disability Services will work to secure interpreters where there is a need.

Law School Reception for Graduates

On Friday, May 15, the Deans and the law faculty invite you and your family and friends to a reception in your honor. It will be held on the Plaza level of the Law School from 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Student Awards Presentation

Prior to the reception, there will be a Student Awards Ceremony from 2:00-3:00 p.m. in Lockhart Hall (Room 25).

General Information

If you have any questions about the commencement ceremony, please contact Linda Lokensgard at: shimm001@umn.edu or 612-625-2023.

For information about diplomas, contact Kathleen Georges at 612-624-9720 or k-geor@umn.edu and visit http://onestop.umn.edu/degree_planning/graduation/diploma_mailing.html.

Reception Honoring the Class of 2015

The Deans and law faculty cordially invite you, your friends, and your family to a graduation reception in your honor.

Friday, May 15, 2015
3:00-5:00 p.m.