Please follow these instructions for the College of Science and Engineering Commencement Ceremony:

    1. Graduates should check in at 3M Arena at Mariucci no later than 6 p.m. on Friday, May 11. Enter the Sundet Lobby entrance on the southwest corner of the building at 1901 4th Street, proceed downstairs and follow directions from staff. Please redirect your guests to 3M Arena at Mariucci’s main entrance.
    2. Arrive in your cap, gown, with tassel on the right. Wear your honors cord (if you have one). Men generally wear dark trousers, dress shirt, and tie under their gowns. Women usually wear a lightweight dress or a blouse and skirt that is shorter than the gown so it does not hang below the robe. An honors cord is worn with the middle of the cord behind the neck and the ends of the cord hanging to the front. The graduation cap is worn flat on the head, one point of the square facing forward (like a diamond). Cap tassels are worn on the right side at the start of the graduation ceremony and flipped to the left side at the designated time when graduates are officially conferred their degrees from the University of Minnesota Regent toward the end of the ceremony. It is best to take your cap and gown out of the package before arriving at the arena to be sure you have all of the pieces, and it is not wrinkled.
    3. Leave valuables at home or with family members. There will be no secure coat check area available backstage. Please silence all cell phones and electronic devices.
    4. Get your name card from the check-in table, sorted by last name. This is critical. You cannot walk across the stage during the ceremony without your name card! Cards will be sorted and picked up by last name (family name).
    5. Gather by the sign designating your major. When you find your major, look for the marshal who will be wearing a maroon gown. Remember, you must have your name card prior to finding your major’s marshal (e.g., Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, etc.). The procession lines will form by major.
    6. Guests should enter by 3M Arena at Mariucci’s main entrance, which is the east lobby, 4 Oak Street. Doors open at 6 p.m. Guest seating in the arena is open. No tickets are required, and you may invite as many guests as you wish.
    7. The ceremony will begin promptly at 6:45 p.m. and conclude at approximately 9:30 p.m. All graduates and their guests are expected to stay until the end of the ceremony. Cookies and lemonade will be served in the main lobby and plaza area of 3M Arena at Mariucci following the ceremony.
    8. As you enter the arena, follow the faculty to the front and begin filling up the seats of the designated area. Fill in every seat leaving no empty chairs. Remain standing until all graduates are in the seating area.
    9. At the designated point in the ceremony, the dean will announce the “presentation” of the graduates. The first row of graduates will rise and proceed to your left front stairs leading up to the stage. As one row empties to proceed to the stage, the graduates in the next row rise and follow them. As you reach the top of the stage, give your name card to the marshal, proceed across the stage to the podium area, shake hands with the dean and department representative, receive your diploma cover, and exit on the right side of the stage. Three photos will be taken: before you reach the stage, on stage shaking hand with the dean, and after you return to your seat at the base of the stage. You are not allowed to take photos of any kind while you are on stage.
    10. Guests are to remain in their seats and not enter the arena floor area to ensure a quick flow of graduates during the ceremony.
    11. When the ceremony ends, all graduates will leave the arena after the stage participants but not in any special order. You can meet your guests in the lobby or on the plaza. There will be an informal reception in the lobby of 3M Arena at Mariucci and on the outside plaza following the ceremony.
    12. The ceremony will be streamed LIVE on the web at 6:45 p.m. Central (7:45 p.m. Eastern). Be sure to tell your family and friends.
    13. The Commencement Ceremony will be video recorded and made available for viewing online. The website link to the video will be made available after Friday, May 25 at
    14. Use Twitter hashtag #umncsegrad before and after the ceremony to share your excitement and join in the conversation. Tell your family and friends to wish you well, and we’ll share their words of congratulations.

If you have questions, contact the College of Science and Engineering Student Services office at