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Arrival and Pre-Ceremony Information

Student check-in at 3M Arena at Mariucci is from 10-11:30 a.m. You will begin lining up no later than 11:30 a.m. Enter via the lobby on the southwest corner of the building at 1901 Fourth Street and proceed downstairs.

Visit the check-in tables to receive a card listing your name and program. Cards are sorted by degree objective (i.e. master's or doctoral), then by last name (family name). You will present this card as you start across the stage.

Gather by the signs designating your college and degree objective (e.g. CSE Master’s or CLA Doctoral). The procession lines will form by degree, not program.

Wear your cap and gown to 3M Arena. There is limited space to change in the arena. You are responsible for obtaining your own cap, gown, and hood. Extras will not be available at 3M Arena. Doctoral students will be hooded onstage. Master’s students wear the hood throughout the ceremony.

Leave valuables at home or with family members. There is no secure coat check area available backstage. Please silence all cell phones and other electronic devices.

Regalia Instructions

The cap is worn with the pointed end to the front and parallel to the ground. The tassel is worn on the left side throughout the ceremony. Men should remove their caps for the National Anthem. Master's students wear their hood throughout the ceremony (this YouTube video shows how to wear the hood); doctoral students are hooded onstage. Doctoral students walk in the procession with the hood draped over your arm. As you approach stage, make sure the cord on your hood is unbuttoned! Hand the hood to the designated faculty member by the small end.

Processional

The procession will form in two lines and will come from behind the stage as described in the bullets below. At 11:40 a.m. staff volunteers will begin moving degree candidates into place. Promptly at 12:00 p.m. the mace bearer and flag marshals will begin the procession. The procession will proceed to the far end of the arena, meet in the middle, and walk down the center aisle towards the stage. Marshals will assist in seating you in the designated area on the floor. Master’s degree candidates will be seated on the right side as you face the stage and doctoral candidates will be seated on the left.

Line up behind stage:

  • Line 1(Left side of back stage): Flag bearers and master’s degree candidates in the following order: CLA, CSE.
  • Line 2 (Right side of back stage): Mace bearer, faculty participants lined up behind mace, and doctoral degree candidates in the following order: CLA, CSE. 

Ceremony

Marshals will direct you to the stage when the presentation of degree candidates begins. Master’s students will process to the stage first, grouped by college; doctoral candidates will follow in the same fashion. After your name is read, you will cross the stage to shake hands with the Dean. As you exit the stage, you will be photographed with your diploma cover. 

If you do not wish to shake hands with the Dean while on stage, keep your hands at your sides, or one hand over your heart, when you approach the Dean.

Students are recognized onstage for one degree only. You may have more than one degree printed in the commencement program, e.g. a master’s degree and a doctoral degree, but you may only walk for one.

Hooding ceremony for doctoral degree candidates:
Doctoral candidates will be hooded before they cross the stage to shake hands with the Dean. There will be several designated faculty onstage to hood students. If your adviser is present at the ceremony, they may hood you. Faculty will be sent instructions on the hooding procedure.

Recessional

When the ensemble has begun to play the recessional music and after the mace bearer has left the stage, marshals will release you row by row starting at the back. You will proceed up one of the four sets of stairs at the rear of the arena to the concourse level. Arrange to meet your guests on the concourse where the refreshments will be served. You will not go backstage.

Use Twitter hashtag #umnasegrad before and after the ceremony to share your excitement and join in the conversation.

Tell your family and friends who are unable to attend commencement that they can watch the ceremony LIVE online at noon Central time (1 p.m. Eastern).