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Commencement - Guest information

CEHD commencement is held once a year in the spring.

Find more information for graduating students.

2019 CEHD commencement

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Commencement is held at 3M Arena at Mariucci, 1901 4th Street Southeast, Minneapolis, MN 55455

  • Graduate Ceremony: 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
  • Undergraduate Ceremony: 4:30-7:00 p.m.


No tickets are necessary, and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. 3M Arena at Mariucci has ample seating.



There are several U of M parking lots and ramps near Mariucci Arena. Note that the ceremony will be held during normal University business hours, so space will fill quickly in the parking ramps.

3M Arena at Mariucci

3M Arena at Mariucci tends to be drafty, so we suggest wearing layers.


Due to strict fire codes, guests are restricted to hand-held portable video units only please.

For your convenience, we have made arrangements with Grad Images for a professional photographer to record the moment you are awarded your congratulatory certificate.

You will receive a free proof of this photo in the mail within six days following the ceremony. There is no obligation to purchase.

Please direct any questions regarding commencement photographs to Grad Images.

Disability accommodations

Guests may be dropped off at the entrance on the northeast corner of the Mariucci Arena (access to this area is located between 5th and Oak Streets). There are a limited number of parking spots for ADA guests in Lot 37.

Wheelchair seating is reserved in two areas in Mariucci Arena, and is first-come, first-served. Refer to the options below and map of Mariucci. [PDF]

  • Option 1: Wheelchair seating is available at the top of sections 2, 3, and 24, and these sections have additional seating for other friends and family. These sections are the closest to the main doors (east side of the building facing Oak Street).

    When first entering the building, go directly to the elevator located on the left side of the main lobby; take it to the second floor (concourse level), and the sections are straight ahead.
  • Option 2: The Gopher Bench area is also available to wheelchairs. This area is limited to the guest with a wheelchair and one friend/family member. It is almost level with the ice, so the visibility may be slightly limited. Access to the commencement area is not permitted.

    Entering from Oak Street into Main Lobby: Take the elevator from the main lobby to the 2nd floor (concourse level); turn left and go to section 11 elevator; take this elevator to Ice Level (L); go straight down the hall and take the first right; follow signs to room 4 hockey bench area.

    Entering from 4th Street: Take this elevator to Ice Level (L); go straight down the hall and take the first right; follow signs to room 4 hockey bench area

For ASL interpreters, please contact the Disability Resource Center,, at least four weeks prior to commencement.


Flowers will be available for purchase in the lobby. Cash, credit card or checks are accepted.


Balloons are not allowed in Mariucci Arena.

Hotel accommodations

Check with hotels for special U of M rates.

Graduate Minneapolis
615 Washington Ave. S.E.

Courtyard Minneapolis Downtown
1500 Washington Ave S.

Days Hotel by Wyndham University Ave SE
2407 University Ave. S.E.

The Depot
225 South 3rd Ave.

Delta Hotels Minneapolis Northeast
1330 Industrial Boulevard

University Inn
925 4th Street SE