Graduating students

School of Nursing Commencement

The School of Nursing hosts a commencement ceremony in May and December of each year to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of students.



Tickets are not available for the commencement ceremony as graduates are not limited in the number of guests they may invite to celebrate with them.

Directions and Parking

Directions and Parking

Graduates and guests are encouraged to utilize the 4th Street ramp and Washington Avenue ramp. The Church Street garage has very limited public parking available on days with commencement ceremonies. Note that there is a passenger drop-off and pick-up area along Church Street with single level access into Northrop that can be used for those with mobility concerns.

For driving directions to campus, please utilize the University of Minnesota's Undergraduate Admissions page.

Accessible Accomodations

Accessible Accomodations

Graduates or guests requiring access accommodations for the ceremony (wheelchair seating, sign language interpreter, limited stairs, etc) are asked to complete the accommodation request form no later than 2 weeks prior to the ceremony dates. Due to limited space, reserved access seating including wheelchairs or walkers is limited to 6 guests. Additional guests within the party will be asked to utilize open seating which may or may not be adjacent to the access seating.  Please reach out to with questions related to accessible accommodations for graduates and/or guests.

Information for Graduates

Information for Graduates


Each School of Nursing program sets individual eligibility criteria for participation in commencement. Please consult your program handbook and/or academic advisor to confirm eligibility criteria. Eligible students will be prompted to submit information for the commencement program and RSVP information approximately two months prior to the commencement ceremony date.


All students participating in the commencement ceremony are required to wear the regalia appropriate for their degree. Regalia is purchased or rented through the University Bookstore and can be ordered online. Those intending to purchase their regalia are strongly advised to order at least 8 weeks prior to the ceremony date to allow adequate time for delivery. Questions regarding regalia should be directed to the Bookstore staff.


The day of commencement students are asked to arrive by 12:30pm to dress in regalia. Class photos will be taken prior to the processional line up. The School of Nursing has also partnered with Lifetouch Special Events Photography to provide individual photos during the ceremony. These photos will be available via the Lifetouch website. There is no obligation to purchase.

Degree Conferral

Participation in commencement is a ceremonial recognition of degree conferral. Students must successfully complete all degree requirements for the degree to be officially conferred.

Please contact the Office of Student and Career Advancement Services at or (612) 625-7980) with questions.

Spring 2019 Commencement

Friday, May 17th, 2019
Northrop Auditorium 
Ceremony start: 2pm
Graduates arrive by 12:30
Guest seating available at 1:15

Fall 2019 Commencement

Friday, December 13th, 2019
Northrop Auditorium 
Ceremony start: 2pm
Graduates arrive by 12:30
Guest seating available at 1:15

Commencement Live Stream

If you are unable to attend the commencement ceremony, you can watch a live stream via YouTube.

Commencement Live Stream

International Guests & Attendees

Graduates with guests that reside outside the United States who wish to attend commencement should consult the information provided by International Students and Scholar Services for obtaining visas and the visa waiver program