CLA Commencement

3M Arena at Mariucci, University of Minnesota
Sunday, May 13, 2018
11 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Commencement Ceremonies
Due to the large number of graduates, there are two CLA Commencement ceremonies. Please refer to the Ceremony by Major list to view which ceremony students will be invited to attend.

For more information on attending Commencement, student speaker applications, RSVP and guest information, caps and gowns, and more, visit the CLA Commencement website.

CLA Senior Celebration has been discontinued. For further information please refer to the June 2017 announcement.

Information for Students

Applying to Graduate
Students must apply to graduate to be invited to participate in Commencement. For more information regarding graduation, including graduation checklists and deadlines for degree applications, please visit the One Stop Graduation site.

Late Degree Applications
If you meet with a student who will complete their degree this year but missed the degree application deadline, please complete a late degree application form. CLA Student Services will process the late degree application and the student will be invited to CLA Commencement.

Diplomas & Degree Names
Students will receive their diploma approximately six weeks after they have been cleared for gradation. A student's legal name will appear on their diploma. If a student wants their preferred name to appear on their diploma, they should visit the One Stop How-to-Guides.

Commencement Invitations
Students who applied to graduate for Summer 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018 and Summer 2018 will be invited the week of March 19 to participate in Commencement.
  • Students who apply to graduate late, or apply to graduate for summer term, will be sent invitations until April 30.
  • Students who apply after April 30 must email to be invited to Commencement.
  • Summer 2018 graduates who are below 90 credits but want to participate in Commencement should email
Students who plan to graduate Fall 2018 may participate in the Spring 2018 Commencement if space allows. They should email for more information.


If a student contacts you with a question about Commencement, please direct them to:

CLA Student Services

16 Johnston Hall


Staff questions should be directed to Kristin Branlund-Girod.

Volunteer at CLA Commencement
We need you! Staff volunteers make this event a success each year. Volunteer sign-up will start in February 2018.