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2014 Commencement Ceremony Information



Saturday, May 17, 2014


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:



Thomas E. Perez


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.


A reception with light refreshments will follow the ceremony at Northrop Memorial Auditorium until 1:00 p.m.

Cap & Gown Orders

Online orders are now available through March 25, 2014.

Custom Law School diploma frames, announcements, invitations, and veteran tribute stoles will be on display in Auerbach Commons on Tuesday, February 25, at 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. You can also place your order in person at that time. Herff Jones representatives will be on-site available for questions and to measure you for your regalia.

Cost is $48.00 for Cap, Gown, Hood & Tassel. Tax and delivery to the Law School are included. Payment is due at the time of the order (credit cards are accepted). You keep your tassel as a souvenir, so no need to order one unless you want two. All rented items (except tassel) are to be returned following the commencement reception.

All orders will be delivered to the Law School on Wednesday, April 30, at 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. in Auerbach Commons. If you cannot pick up your packet that day, it will be left with the Career Center until Friday, May 16.

When you order online:
3L/J.D. Students select Juris Doctor
LL.M. Students select Master of Law

Tape measures for hat size are available in Rottschaefer Lounge.

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 Friday, April 11. Where there is a need, University Disability Services will work to secure interpreters.

Name Pronunciation

If you think your name needs phonetic indicators to pronounce, please stop by the Information Desk and mark your namecard accordingly before Friday, May 16. The name on the card is the same name you have approved with Student Services to appear in the bulletin. If you do not need to indicate pronunciation, you do not need to do anything. LL.M. students should contact Khary Hornsby regarding their name cards.

Student Graduation Party

The student graduation party is typically held on Thursday, May 15. Save the date and watch for more information from your student graduation committee.

Law School Reception for Graduates

On Friday, May 16, 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. Please RSVP to lawevent@umn.edu.

Student Awards Presentation

Prior to the reception, there will be a Student Awards Ceremony from 2:00-3:00 p.m.


General Information

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

Want to get your Diploma Framed? Check out the Framing Success website for more information.
» www.framingsuccess.com

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 2014

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

Friday, May 16, 2014
3:00-5:00 p.m.

*RSVP by May 14 to lawevent@umn.edu.