CSE Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony

Frequently asked questions about the 2022 ceremony

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Will the ceremony be held in person?

At this time, the college is planning for a return to the in-person ceremony at the 3M Arena at Mariucci. Should circumstances change due to COVID-19, we will follow all University guidelines for an event of this size.

Who is eligible to participate in the May 12, 2022 commencement ceremony?

Registration is open if your CSE degree was awarded:

Spring 2020
May/Summer 2020

Fall 2020
Spring 2021

May/Summer 2021
Fall 2021

Registration is also open if your Expected Graduation Term (EGT) in MyU is:

Spring 2022
May/Summer 2022

Fall 2022

When does registration open and close?

Participant registration opens Dec. 5, 2021, and closes on April 17, 2022.

How do I register for the commencement ceremony?

Beginning in December 2021, all eligible students will receive an email from csecommencement@umn.edu with details on how to register. We will be using a registration system through a company called MarchingOrder. You must register if you wish to participate in the ceremony.

Is registering for the commencement ceremony the same as applying for my degree?

No, they are different processes. The application for degree is automatically done based on the Expected Graduation Term (EGT) noted in your MyU account. For this reason, it is very important that your EGT is correct. If your EGT is incorrect, please send an email to cseadvising@umn.edu with your correct EGT so it can be updated. Participation in the commencement ceremony is not automatic so you must register if you wish to participate.

If I participate in my major’s departmental recognition celebration, am I automatically registered for the for the CSE Commencement Ceremony?

No, the departmental events are separate from the college wide commencement ceremony.

How do I find information about the departmental recognition celebration for my major?

Contact your department directly for more information.

Can I wait to decide if I want to participate until the day of the ceremony?

No, students who wish to participate must register by the April 17, 2022 deadline.

Do I get my actual diploma at the ceremony?

No, the diploma will be mailed to you. See One Stop’s web page “Your Diploma for specific details. Student participating in the ceremony are handed a diploma cover by the Dean as they cross the stage.

Do my family and friends need tickets if they would like to attend the ceremony?

No, guest seating in the arena is open. Tickets are not required, and you may invite as many guests as you wish.

Is there disability access and seating in the 3M at Mariucci Arena?

Yes, accessible entry and seating can be found on the east side or along the Oak Street entrance of the arena where wheelchair ramps are provided. There are wheelchair access doors, along with an elevator for our guests with accommodation needs to access the main concourse and the accessible seating area. In addition, reserved parking for guests needing accommodations is offered in Lot 37.

Is there parking on campus for my guests the day of the ceremony?

Yes, visit the University Service Parking & Transportation Services web page parking details.

Are there any restrictions on what my guests can bring into the area such as balloons, bags, and strollers?

Yes, see the 3M at Mariucci Arena Policies & General Procedures for specific details. It is important to note that the camera policy only applies to sporting events. There are no camera restrictions for commencement ceremonies.

How long is the ceremony?

Typcally, the entire ceremony takes approximately 2 1/2 hours.

In what order do the graduates cross the stage?

Students in the following degree programs are called to the stage in the order noted below. Within each degree, there is no specific order. It is up to the graduates.

Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics
Bachelor of Science in Astrophysics

Bachelor of Biomedical Engineering

Bachelor of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering

Bachelor of Chemical Engineering

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

Bachelor of Civil Engineering

Bachelor of Computer Engineering

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science

Bachelor of Science in Data Science

Bachelor of Science in Earth Sciences

Bachelor of Electrical Engineering

Bachelor of Environmental Engineering

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Geosciences

Bachelor of Geoengineering

Bachelor of Industrial and Systems Engineering

Bachelor of Materials Science and Engineering

Bachelor of Science in Mathematics

Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering

Bachelor of Science in Physics

Which major will I sit with if I will be receiving multiple CSE degrees?

You can sit among the degree program of your choosing and will walk across the stage with that degree. You will only cross the stage once, but your commencement slide displayed to guests will note all the CSE degrees being awarded along with collegiate and Latin honors.

Will guests who are unable to attend the ceremony be able to watch it remotely?

Yes, a link to the live webcast will be added to the CSE Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony web page.  A link for the recording of the ceremony will also be added to this web page about a week after the ceremony.

What will guests in attendance or those watching remotely see and hear as I cross the stage?

Here is an example of what guests in attendance will see on the giant arena monitors. For those remotely viewing it will appear just as it does in this example:

Example of CSE Undergraduate Comment Ceremony held in the 3M Arena at Mariucci

Do I need to wear cap and gown if I participate in the ceremony?

Although we don’t require participants to wear regalia it is strongly encouraged. Regalia and other graduation related items can be purchased through the UMN Bookstores website. The Bookstores will also host GradFest on March 16 and 17, which will have information on graduation services and products.

Are we allowed to decorate our graduation cap?

Absolutely! Have fun!

Will there be a professional photographer at the event?

Yes, we use a company named GradImages. The photographers will photograph graduates three times: as they wait to ascend the stage; on stage with the Dean as they are receiving their diploma; and also after descending the stage. The photographers will also be take candid photos of graduates as they line up to process into the arena and thought the duration of the ceremony.

Participants who pre-register with GradImages before May 12 will receive a coupon for 20% off should they decide to purchase photos. Visit the GradImages pre-registration website to receive your 20% off coupon.

Who do I contact if I have questions about the ceremony?

You can stop by our office at 10 Church St., Suite 300, email us at csecommencement@umn.edu, or call us 612-624-2890. Our office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:00 p.m..

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Commencement questions?

For questions on commencement-related issues, contact csecommencement@umn.edu.

Graduate commencement

Learn more on the CSE Master's and Ph.D. Student Commencement page.