CLA Spring Commencement Information
Spring 2014 CommencementMariucci Arena, University of Minnesota
11:00am and 4:00pm
Sunday, May 18, 2014
Due to the large number of graduates who participate in spring commencement, the College of Liberal Arts holds two ceremonies. This spring's ceremonies will take place at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 18, 2014 in the Mariucci Arena. To learn which ceremony you will be invited to attend, click Spring 2014 Major List. Additional information about the spring commencement ceremonies is below for your reference.
11 a.m. ceremony: R.T. Rybak, Former Mayor of Minneapolis
4 p.m. ceremony: Andrea Mokros (B.A. '99, political science), Special Assistant to the President and Director of Strategic Planning
Student Speaker Applications
Caps & Gowns
Faculty InvitesDirections & Parking
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General InformationYou will be invited to participate in commencement and your name will appear in the commencement booklet if you apply to graduate summer 2013, fall 2013, spring 2014, May term 2014, or summer term 2014.*
*Special note regarding summer 2014 graduates: If you apply to graduate before March 27, for the summer term you will be invited to participate in the May 2014 ceremonies. Summer graduates who apply after the March 27th deadline need to contact the Student Information Office at (612) 625-2020, or email (email@example.com) to be invited to attend the May ceremonies.
If you will not be graduating during any of the above terms and wish to participate in commencement please contact the Student Information Office at (612) 625-2020, or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to be placed on a waiting list. You will be notified by email the week of April 14, with an update on whether there is space available for you to participate.
RSVP and Guest Information
Invitations will be sent via email in March 2014. You must RSVP if you wish to participate in the ceremony. Note: Summer 2014 graduates will receive their invitation the first week of April.
Please note: Tickets are NOT required for you or your guests. Graduates are asked to limit their guests to eight (8). All seating is general admission, first come first served, and specific seats and/or consecutive seats are not guaranteed.
International Students: Need assistance with inviting your family to commencement? Please visit: http://www.isss.umn.edu/INSGen/familyLet.html for more information.
Student Speaker Applications
The College of Liberal Arts will select one student speaker for each commencement ceremony. This is a unique opportunity for a graduate to take part in the program by addressing his or her fellow graduates, friends, and family.
1. Have a cumulative 3.0 GPA or higher;
2. Be eligible to graduate and scheduled to complete their degree requirements by August 2014;
3. Be in good standing with the university.
All applications will be reviewed by the Office of the CLA Assistant Dean of Student Services.
Complete applications should include:
-A cover sheet with your name, major, and contact information (phone and email)
-A speech proposal of about 1-2 pages. The proposal should briefly address why you want to be the student speaker, but the majority of it should focus on the topic of your speech.
- Current Resume
Speeches will be less than 4 minutes in length, or about 600 words. They should reflect on your experiences at the University of Minnesota and address topics that you believe will resonate with your audience. When writing your proposal you may want to consider some of the advice given in the links below:
Student representatives will review all submissions and select finalists to interview before making final decisions.
Email your submission as a Word document to CLA Student Programs: email@example.com
Please use "CLA Commencement Student Speaker Selection Committee" in the subject line.
Application deadline is Tuesday, April 8, 2014.
Graduates will assemble and check-in at the Sports Pavilion located across the street from Mariucci Arena on Fourth Street SE. Please use the West Pavilion main doors to enter the building (see map below for reference). Commencement staff will be on hand to check graduates in and to provide further instruction regarding the procession into Mariucci Arena. Check-in time for the 11:00 am ceremony time is from 9:30am to 10:15 am. Check-in time for the 4:00 pm ceremony time is from 2:30 to 3:15 pm. Please leave coats and valuables with your guests as there will not be a secure place for you to leave them at the Sports Pavilion.
Each ceremony is expected to last approximately two hours and includes a procession of faculty, students, regents, and other guests. There will be a commencement address and presentation of degree candidates. All degree candidates cross the stage as their names are called.
A commercial photographer will take your picture as you cross the stage. A proof will be emailed to you or sent to your home address; you are not obligated to purchase photographs. If you would like to preregister your email address with the photographer, visit GradImages online.
Caps and Gowns
Caps and gowns, along with many other commencement items, can be purchased at GradFest, the University Bookstore in Coffman Memorial Union, or online.
Caps and gowns are not required to participate in the ceremony; however, 99 percent of students choose to wear academic regalia. Business professional attire is suggested for underneath your academic robe.
Each year, the Commencement Committee invites faculty members from the College of Liberal Arts to participate in commencement by being part of the faculty procession. In an effort to involve CLA students in the faculty invitation process, the Commencement Committee invites you to submit the names of faculty who have had an impact on you during your time at the University. It may be a professor that you had for a class, a faculty member in your major department who served as your mentor, or someone who helped to make your experience at the University a positive one.
You will have the opportunity to submit the names of faculty members you would like to extend invitations to when you RSVP for you and your guests.
Directions and Parking
Mariucci Arena, 1901 4th Street SE, is located on the East Bank of the University of Minnesota Minneapolis campus, across from Williams Arena and TCF Bank Stadium.
Seating for the elderly and guests with physical disabilities will be available upon request. Please make requests by Monday, May 5 by calling (612) 625-2020, or email us at (firstname.lastname@example.org). We strongly encourage family and guests with special needs to arrive early.
Persons with special needs can be dropped off at the ground-level entrance on the northeast corner of the Mariucci Arena (access to this area is located between 5th and Oak Streets). Parking is not allowed in the transitway, but drivers with state-issued disability permits may park in designated spaces in nearby parking facilities.
Questions?Please contact the CLA Student Information Office at (612) 625-2020, or email us at (email@example.com).
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