Saturday, May 12, 2018


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.

Video of Ceremony

Click here to watch the 130th Commencement Exercises.

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

Please make every effort to arrive by 8:30 a.m. to get lined up and robed properly. The J.D. class photo will be taken at 8:45 a.m., followed by the LL.M. class photo and the M.S.P.L. class photo. Class photos will be taken outside on the Northrop Mall stairs (weather alternative location is inside the auditorium).


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:

Please note that the Minnesota Department of Transportation has scheduled a road closure for both directions of I-94 from I-394 to I-35W. Please plan for additional travel time and consult the MnDOT website for detours


Local Lodging


Arne Sorenson (‘83), President & Chief Executive Officer of Marriott International, Inc.


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.


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.

Coat Check

There is a coat check available at Northrop on the East side of the building. Graduates are advised not to bring valuables that they can’t keep with them under their robe. Other than the coat check, there is not a location to store items during the ceremony.

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.

Regalia Orders

Order Your Regalia Online 
The last day to order regalia online is Friday, March 23, 2018 Eastern time. Orders placed after this date must be done by email at or by phone at 952-447-4449. All late orders will incur a $25 late fee.

J.D. Students The rental cost for your tam, gown, tassel, and hood is $53.95. All items are rented except for the tam and tassel.

LL.M. & M.S.P.L. Students The rental cost for your cap, gown, tassel, and hood is $43.95. All items are rented except the cap and tassel.

Regalia Delivery Your regalia will be delivered to the Law School on Wednesday, April 25 in Auerbach Commons from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. If you can’t retrieve your items on April 25, they will be available through the Career Center.

Regalia Return All graduates may keep their tam/cap and tassel. Regalia return stations will be available at Northrop in the Lobby on May 12. You will be charged for any items not returned. You may also purchase your regalia at the return station if you wish to keep it after Commencement.

Dress Code

Dress code is up to you, though most graduates opt for something seasonal and business to dressy casual. There are many stairs at Northrop to navigate throughout the morning while wearing your regalia, so please make a smart shoe selection.

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 by Wednesday, April 11. University Disability Services will work to secure interpreters where there is a need.

Name Pronunciation / Name Cards

At Graduate Check-in, you will pick up your name card. Pens will be available for you to mark your card with phonetic notations. Once you have your card, begin assembling for your class photo at 8:45 a.m. Your name card has a number on the back; this is for the photo and for lining up in alphabetical order. Hannah Kuether will have the LL.M. students’ name cards, which will be used during the class photo, so be sure to get yours prior to the photo.

Photo on Stage

Photos are available to order through Grad Images. You can search for your photos at or contact their Customer Service Department at (800) 261-2576 or email

Student Graduation Party

The student graduation party will be held on Thursday, May 10 from 7-10 p.m. at Mercy Bar and Dining Room in Downtown Minneapolis. Tickets will be sold for $20 each and will include two free drink tickets, heavy hors d’oeuvres, assorted desserts, and a professional photo backdrop.

Law School Reception for Graduates

On Friday, May 11, the Deans and faculty invite the University of Minnesota Law School Class of 2018 and their guests to a graduate reception on the Plaza level of Mondale Hall from 3-5 p.m. Please RSVP if you’re able to attend.

Contact Information

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Walter F. Mondale Hall | 229 19th Avenue South | Minneapolis, MN 55455

P: 612-625-1000

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