Commencement 2016


Saturday, May 14, 2016


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.


Click here to view the Commencement 2016 livestream.

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.

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Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta and U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar


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.

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.

Cap & Gown Orders

J.D. Students:
You can order everything online and some items at the Law School Bookstore. The rental cost for the regalia is $53.95 and includes the robe, hood, tam and tassel. All items are rented except for the commemorative tassel. Please make an effort to place your order before May 1. 

LL.M. & M.S.P.L. Students:
You can order everything online and some items at the Law School Bookstore. The cost is $39.95 total. The hood is rented; though you may keep the cap, gown, and commemorative tassel. Please make an effort to place your order before May 1.

Order from the Law School Bookstore
Our Bookstore will have 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 Law Bookstore hours are Monday – Thursday, 10:00AM-2:00PM.

Delivery Date
Your regalia will be delivered to the Law School on Wednesday, April 27, in Auerbach Commons from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. If you can’t retrieve your items on April 27, they will be available through the Career Center.

Cap & Gown Return

All graduates may keep their commemorative tassel. Regalia return stations will be available at Northrop in the Atrium Lobby on May 14. J.D. students must return all items except for the tassel. LL. M. and M.S.P.L students must return their hood though may keep the cap, gown, and tassel. You will be charged for any items not returned. 

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 Linda Lokensgard by Wednesday, April 15. 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. Khary Hornsby 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.

Student Graduation Party

The student graduation party will be held on Thursday, May 12 from 7-11 p.m. at Stella’s Fish Cafe. Tickets will be sold for $15 each and will include two free drink tickets, professional photo booth, heavy hors d’oeurves, and exclusive access to Stella’s Second Floor and Rooftop (weather permitting). 

Photo on Stage

A photo will be taken during the ceremony when you shake hands with the Dean on stage. About a week after the ceremony, these photos will be available to order online. Information will be posted here at that time.

Honoring the Class of 2016

Student Awards Ceremony
Friday, May 13
2:00 p.m.—3:00 p.m.
Lockhart Hall (room 25), Walter F. Mondale Hall
More Information

Dean’s Reception
Friday, May 13
3:00 p.m.—5:00 p.m.
Walter F. Mondale Hall Plaza Level
More Information

Diploma Information

Contact Kathleen Georges at 612-624-9720 or and visit


Contact Linda Lokensgard at or 612-625-2023.

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