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2022 Commencement


This year, the Carlson School will be hosting both in-person and Live-stream commencement ceremonies honoring the accomplishments of the Class of 2021. Graduating students who registered will receive emails with links to register themselves and their guests for their selected ceremony.

In-Person Commencement Ceremonies

May 16, 2022
3M Arena at Mariucci

We are planning to host in-person commencement ceremonies for Carlson School graduates, following all federal, State of Minnesota, and University COVID-19 guidelines for indoor events. Guests are limited to four per student and guests are expected to follow public health guidelines for masks and social distancing. The names and contact information was required at registration for contact tracing purposes.

Monday, May 16, 2022
More information to come.

Registration for in-person commencement will be available as we get closer to date.  In accordance with public health guidelines, walk-ins will not be allowed on the day of commencement.

Below, you will find important information about what you can expect when you attend your commencement ceremony. If you need assistance during the event, or if you have concerns about others adhering to the policies outlined in this message, please reach out to the commencement volunteers located in the arena concourse. Failure to adhere to the policies below will result in guests and participants being removed from the commencement ceremony. 


COVID Protocol

Per Governor Tim Walz’s May 13, 2021 announcement and President Joan T. A. Gabel’s message:

  • 6-foot physical distancing and capacity limitations will continue to be enforced. Guests are required to sit in the seats assigned to them on their tickets.
  • Masks are optional for anyone fully vaccinated (two weeks after last shot).
  • Masks are expected to be worn by those who are not fully vaccinated.

We nonetheless would appreciate your willingness to consider wearing a mask indoors, even if you are fully vaccinated, as a courtesy to those who have to wear masks.

Please respect everyone’s choices as we move into this new phase of our response to COVID-19 in our community.


Information for Graduates and Guests


Tickets are electronic and will be scanned upon entry. Guests will need to obtain those tickets from their graduates, as they will enter from the opposite side of the arena. Students were sent a unique link via email on May 13 to select ticketing for their guests. After selecting seats, students were sent an email in which they can download their tickets and/or forward the tickets to their guests. Each guest, over the age of two, will need their own ticket.



The Carlson School will be live-streaming each ceremony. Please share these links with any loved ones not attending in person who would like to watch the live ceremony.

Monday, May 16, 2022

More information to come.


Parking & Cost: 

Guests are encouraged to park in Lot 37 (North of 3M Arena at Mariucci) and the Maroon Lot (East of 3M Arena at Mariucci). The cost to park on Sunday is $1/hour and a flat rate on Monday of $5/day.


Entry to Arena: 

Guests - Doors will open 30 minutes prior to each ceremony. All guests must enter the arena at the Oak Street entrance and have their electronic tickets available.

Please check the Bag Policy for allowed items into the arena. 

Commencement programs will be available on tables on the concourse. Guests will be able to help themselves to a program.


Exiting Arena: 

Guests should climb the stairs to the concourse and exit the arena at their nearest exit trying to avoid crossing paths with other guests. Please maintain a 6’ distance between you and others. 

Students will exit the arena floor the same way they entered through the loading dock. Guests and students should make a plan on where to meet after the ceremony as they will not be allowed back in the arena.


Length of ceremony:

Due to current guidelines, each ceremony will last one hour or less.


Food + Drink: 

Concessions will not be available at 3M Arena at Mariucci.



A professional photographer has been hired to take pictures of graduates as they cross the stage and pick up their diploma cover. Links to those images will be emailed to graduates and available for purchase. Please watch for an email from LifeTouch in the upcoming weeks.

Graduates are required to wear their mask as they cross the stage but will be allowed to take it off briefly for their photo after they cross the stage. They must put the mask back on before going back to their seat.


Graduate Information

  • All graduates must enter and check-in at the loading dock between 3M Arena and Lot 37 (1912 5th St SE, Minneapolis, 55455). Check in will begin 30 minutes prior to ceremony. 
  • Graduates will be seated alphabetically, by program on the arena floor. Upon arrival, students will be assigned a specific chair to sit in during the ceremony. Students should head to that chair after checking-in as graduates will not be processing into the arena due to Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 guidelines.
  • Graduates will be given a Carlson School-branded mask to wear during commencement. A mask is required during the ceremony. Graduates can choose to wear a mask they bring from home or the one provided.
  • A commencement program will be placed on each graduate’s chair.
  • Graduates are not permitted to bring any items onto the arena floor. Water, bags, purses, etc. are not permitted.


Honors and Military Cords:

Will be distributed to students at check-in. 

Latin Honors (Undergraduate students only):

Your medallion was mailed to you from UHP.  Please plan to bring it to the ceremony if you wish to wear it.

Walking-in or changing ceremonies:

Students MUST attend the ceremony they have registered for and walk-ins will not be permitted.


Swapping Guests:

Due to contract tracing purposes and direct communication with all in attendance, students are not allowed to change their guests as of noon on Monday, May 10, 2021. 


Virtual Commencement Ceremonies

Virtual commencement ceremonies will be available for viewing online starting Monday, May 24. 


Commencement Apparel

Undergraduate Students

Students can purchase their regalia online through the bookstore. Students can choose to pick up their order in any store for free, or have it shipped to them (shipping fee will apply.)

Graduate Students

Graduate students interested in purchasing their custom academic apparel, tam, or hoods can place orders through the bookstore online.

Doctoral Students

All doctoral candidates interested in renting their commencement regalia must place their order online at the bookstore.



Need a place to stay? You can book a room at the nearby Courtyard Minneapolis hotel.  Save 20% off by calling the reservations line at 877-699-3216 and reference the ‘UMN Friend & Family Rate’ or book online.


Location & Address

Ceremony Address (Guest Entrance):
3M Arena at Mariucci
1901 4th St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

3M Arena at Mariucci Loading Dock Address (Student Entrance):
1912 5th St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Lot 37 Address:
1811 5th St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Maroon Lot Address:
2028 6th St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455


Mariucci Map


Celebrate your Accomplishment!

The University of Minnesota Alumni Association celebrates and supports 2021 graduates! See how you can participate as future UMN alumni.

  • Graduation Photo Op - May 3-17 - Gateway Plaza on the South side of McNamara Alumni Center
    • All grads are invited to show their UMN pride and create a fun memory at our giant GRADUATION PHOTO OP! (see attached rendering)
    • The first 50 to post a photo with the hashtag #UMNAlumni will receive a free one-year membership to the Alumni Association.
  • Virtual Photo Booth
    • Grads can take their campus selfie to the next level in the virtual photo booth! Upload a photo and place yourself in a campus background. Share your photos at #UMN21, #UMNProud, and #UMNAlumni
  • Career Programming
  • Video Intro to UMAA
    • This video highlights immediate steps a grad can take to stay connected with the UMN.


University of Minnesota Alumni Association