Things to know about graduation & commencement

What's needed to get my degree?

How do I participate in commencement?

  • Visit One Stop Student Services for information.
  • Apply with your college's office to take part in commencement.
    • You are not required to take part in your college's commencement ceremony.
  • Take our senior survey.

When is the Department of Chemistry's reception for graduates?

You're invited to our reception for all chemistry major graduates (prior to the CSE commencement)
Friday, May 8, 2020
100 Smith Hall

4:45-5 p.m. buffet reception
5-5:30 p.m. recognition reception for scholarship recipients and graduates
5:45 p.m. group photo on the front steps of Smith Hall (please wear your commencement gown and hat)

When is commencement?

College of Science & Engineering
Arts, Sciences and Engineering Commencement Ceremony

Friday, May 8, 2020
6:45–9 p.m.
Mariucci Arena
University of Minnesota
1901 Fourth St. S.E., Minneapolis
Questions: Susan Kubitschek, (612) 624-8010,

College of Liberal Arts
Mariucci Arena
Questions: CLA Student Information Office, (612) 625-2020, commence@umn.ed

Are resources available to help me with careers?

The colleges' Career Services Offices

  • conduct workshops
  • have videotapes giving you tips on job hunting and resume writing
  • have libraries containing  information on a number of companies
  • provide individual counseling
  • maintain lists of full-time, part-time, and summer jobs
  • keep your resume on file for company representatives

College of Liberal Arts
Career Services
411 Bruininks Hall

College of Science & Engineering
CSE Career Center
105 Lind Hall

Undergraduate graduates gather for a traditional photo on the steps of Smith Hall before commencement, Friday, May 10, 2019.
Undergraduate graduates gather for a traditional photo on the steps of Smith Hall before commencement, Friday, May 10, 2019.

Each year, some of the graduates gather on the front steps of Smith Hall for a photo before participating in commencement ceremonies. Pictured are some of the graduates before commencement, Friday, May 10, 2019. A listing of this year's graduates and scholarship/award recipients is available by clicking on the photo above or this link to the Department of Chemistry story, Undergraduate Recognition Reception 2019 honors top students and graduates

Most important was the research that I conducted, as it exposed me to what a scientist does and how one thinks. The coursework also gave me the background necessary for future study." 

Stephanie L. Breunig (2016 graduate)


    • Majors
    • 135 Smith Hall
    • Stephanie Stathopoulos, Assistant to Director of Undergraduate Studies
    • (612) 624-8008