University of Minnesota commencement ceremonies begin systemwide this week

In the coming weeks, the University of Minnesota system will hold numerous commencement ceremonies to recognize thousands of students across its five campuses for their academic achievements and congratulate them as they take the next step towards lives and productive careers.

Notably, several celebrations will welcome alumni who have been unable to attend in-person ceremonies in recent years due to COVID-19 to join this year’s graduates and experience the festive march to the stage they won in as U of M graduates. These Twin Cities campuses and colleges include:

  • College of Liberal Arts – Summer 2019 to Fall 2022 graduates
  • College of Science and Engineering – Summer 2019 to Fall 2022 graduates
  • College of Design — Class of 2020 and 2021 graduates
  • College of Education and Human Development – Class of 2020 and 2021 graduates
  • College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences – Fall 2019 to Summer 2021 graduates
  • Humphrey School of Public Affairs – Fall 2020 to Summer 2022 graduates
  • University of Minnesota Duluth – Class of 2020 and 2021 graduates
  • University of Minnesota Rochester – Class of 2022 graduates

The full start schedule is as follows (listed by date):

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  • College of Liberal Arts and College of Science and Engineering (Graduate Students) at 3M Arena in Mariucci, 1901 Fourth St. SE, Minneapolis, at noon. Professor Thomas Fisher, director of the Minnesota Design Center and MSMD; Dayton Hudson, Chair in Urban Design, will address the graduates.

Friday, May 6

  • College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences (undergraduates) at 3M Arena in Mariucci, 1901 Fourth St. SE, Minneapolis, at 2 p.m. Heidi Roop, assistant professor and extension specialist, will address the graduates.
  • Medical school (medical students) at Northrop, 84 Church St. SE, Minneapolis, at 2 p.m. Andy Slavitt, MBA, former Biden administration senior adviser on the COVID response will address graduates.

Saturday May 7

  • University of Minnesota Duluth at AMSOIL Arena at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center; 350 Harbor Dr., Duluth, at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Two student speakers will address the graduates.
  • College of Continuing and Professional Studies at Northrop, 84 Church St. SE, Minneapolis, at 10 a.m., Tasha Van Zandt, director of photography, will address the graduates.
  • University of Minnesota Crookston at Lysaker Gymnasium, Sports Center, 2900 University Avenue, Crookston, at 10 a.m. Tom Vilsack, United States Secretary of Agriculture, will address the graduates.
  • College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences (Graduate Students) at the Ted Mann Concert Hall; 2128 S Fourth St., Minneapolis, 1 p.m. Onnie Byers, Class of 1987, Chair of the Conservation Planning Specialist Group, will address the graduates.

Wednesday May 11

  • design college At Northrop, 84 Church St. SE, Minneapolis, at 3 p.m., Ambreen Tariq, author of Fatima’s Great Outdoors and founder of @BrownPeopleCamping, will address graduates.

Friday May 13

  • College of Education and Human Development (undergraduates) at 3M Arena in Mariucci, 1901 Fourth St. SE, Minneapolis, at 10 a.m. The student speaker will address the graduates.
  • School of Dentistry at Northrop, 84 Church St. SE, Minneapolis, at 10 a.m., Amber Cziok, DDS, will address graduates.
  • School of nursing at Northrop, 84 Church St. SE, Minneapolis, 2 p.m. Jeannine Rivet, former executive vice president of UnitedHealth Group from 2001 to 2018; CEO of UnitedHealthcare from 1998 to 2001; CEO of Ingenix from 2001 to 2003; Managing Director of Optum from December 2003 to 2005, will address graduates.
  • College of Education and Human Development (Graduate Students) at 3M Arena in Mariucci, 1901 Fourth St. SE, Minneapolis, at 4 p.m.

Saturday May 14

  • Faculty of Law at Northrop, 84 Church St. SE, Minneapolis, at 10 a.m. The Hon. John R. Tunheim, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota, will address the graduates.
  • College of Veterinary Medicine at the Ted Mann Concert Hall, 2128 S. Fourth St., Minneapolis, at 10 a.m., Dr. Joni Scheftel, state public health veterinarian, Minnesota Department of Health, will address the graduates.
  • University of Minnesota Rochester at the Mayo Civic Center Ballroom, 30 Civic Center Drive SE, Rochester, at 11 a.m.
  • liberal arts college (Summer or Fall 2019, 2020, and Spring 2021 graduates) at 3M Arena at Mariucci, 1901 Fourth St. SE, Minneapolis, at noon. Kareem Rahma, class of 2008, co-founder of SomeFriends, Nameless Network, and recipient of Hubbard’s Above the Fold award in 2018, will address the graduates.
  • University of Minnesota Morris at Campus Mall, 600 East Fourth St., Morris, at 1 p.m. University of Minnesota, will be aimed at graduates.
  • College of Pharmacy at Northrop, 84 Church St. SE, Minneapolis, at 2 p.m. Lucinda Maine, Ph.D., RPh, executive vice president and chief executive officer of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, will address the graduates.
  • Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the Ted Mann Concert Hall, 2128 S. Fourth St., Minneapolis, at 4 p.m. Bonnie Jenkins, United States Under-Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, will address the graduates.
  • College of Biological Sciences (undergraduates) at 3M Arena at Mariucci, 1901 Fourth St. SE, Minneapolis, at 5 p.m. Dr. Mary Kemen, Class of 1978, will address the graduates.

Sunday May 15

  • liberal arts college (undergraduates) at 3M Arena at Mariucci, 1901 Fourth St. SE, Minneapolis, 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. will address to graduates.

Monday May 16

  • Carlson School of Management (Graduate Students) At 3M Arena in Mariucci, 1901 Fourth St. SE Minneapolis, at 9 a.m., Gopher head football coach PJ Fleck will address the graduate and undergraduate ceremonies.
  • Carlson School of Management (undergraduates) at 3M Arena in Mariucci, 1901 Fourth St. SE Minneapolis, at 1 p.m. Gopher head football coach PJ Fleck will address the graduate and undergraduate ceremonies.
  • School of Public Health At Northrop, 84 Church St. SE, Minneapolis, at 5 p.m., Dr. Nathan T. Chomilo, MD, Medical Director of Minnesota State’s Medicaid and MinnesotaCare Programs, will address graduates.

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