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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.

Video of Ceremony

Click here to watch the 126th Commencement Exercises.

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.


Following the ceremony there will be a light champagne 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

If you haven't ordered your academic regalia yet for commencement, order now. There is limited time remaining, and the cost will continue to increase on rush orders. Contact Herff-Jones directly at 952-447-4449 to speak with a representative and place your order.

You can still order announcements and diploma frames online. This order is separate from your cap & gown order and not time sensitive. Order announcements and custom diploma frames here.

Cap & Gown Return

You should keep your tassel, but you must return your cap, gown and hood following the reception at Northrop. Tables for return will be located outside on the Northrop Mall (weather permitting) or in the main front lobby area.

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 Tuesday, May 6. University Disability Services will work to secure interpreters where there is a need.

Name Pronunciation

If you think your name needs phonetic indicators to pronounce, please stop by the 2nd Floor Information Desk between May 1-16 and mark your name card accordingly. You can also do this before the ceremony on May 17. If your name is straight forward, you don't need to do anything. The name on the card is the same name you have approved with Student Services to appear in the bulletin. LL.M. students should contact Khary Hornsby after May 1 in office 423 regarding your name cards.

Commencement Photos

To view and purchase photos from Commencement 2014:

  1. Go to www.eventpix.com
  2. Select the purple "Find Events" box
  3. At the line for Photographer's Last Name, type in santos. Then select "Find Events"
  4. Select "2014 U OF M LAW COMMENCEMENT"
  5. The password is 2014LAWGRADUATION
  6. Select the button "View Photos by Category"

Student Graduation Party

The student graduation party will be held on Thursday, May 15, from 6-10 p.m. at the Pourhouse. Sponsored by the Dean of Students Office, the Alumni Office, and Law Council. Open to all graduating 3Ls and LL.M.s, and their plus ones. Tickets are $15 at the door and include appetizers, drinks, desserts and fun.

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.


Law School Honors Class of 2014 at 126th Commencement Exercises

The University of Minnesota Law School held its 126th commencement ceremony May 17 at the newly renovated Northrop Memorial Auditorium. Law School Dean David Wippman welcomed the Class of 2014, their families and friends, and several special guests: University of Minnesota Regent David McMillan (’87), executive vice president of Minnesota Power; Arlene Carney, the University's vice provost for faculty and academic affairs; and the keynote speaker, United States Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez.

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.