Family and Friends


Seating and arena information

Tickets are NOT required. All seating is general admission, first come first served, and specific seats and/or consecutive seats are not guaranteed.

The doors to 3M Arena at Mariucci will open 60 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony. Guests who require seating assistance should check in at the Guest Services booth on the concourse level.

There are no vending or concessions available in the arena during the ceremony.  

Balloons, and bags or backpacks larger than 8.5" X 11" are prohibited in the arena. Guests with infants may bring a diaper bag. All bags are subject to search.

Face masks, proof of vaccination, and health checks are not required for graduates and their guests. The University of Minnesota is committed to providing a safe and enjoyable experience for all graduates and guests attending events on our campus. Guidelines from the Minnesota Department of Health do not limit venue capacity or require physical distancing between individuals. In accordance with Minnesota Department of Health and University of Minnesota COVID-19 guidelines, masks are no longer required indoors at spring commencement events. Graduates and guests should follow CDC quarantine guidelines if they are exposed to, or test positive for, COVID-19. 

Ceremony Details

The formal ceremony will begin at noon with a faculty procession leading the graduates into 3M Arena at Mariucci and will conclude with the presentation of degree candidates. 

Master’s degree students are seated on the right side of the arena as you face the stage and doctoral degree students are seated on the left. Master’s students will process to the stage first, grouped by college; doctoral candidates will follow in the same fashion. All students will be individually recognized as they cross the stage; in addition, doctoral candidates will be hooded onstage.
Professional photographers will be at the ceremony to photograph each graduate onstage. Guests may not enter the arena floor to take photographs until the ceremony has ended.
The ceremony will begin at noon and should conclude by 2:30 p.m. All graduates and their guests are expected to stay until the end of the ceremony. 
Refreshments will be served on the concourse level of the arena following the ceremony.