Medical School
2017 Commencement Ceremony

Friday, May 5, 2017
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Northrop Auditorium

84 Church Street Southeast
Minneapolis, MN 55455


Parking Information



Information for Students, Faculty & Guests:

Prior to Ceremony
Day of Ceremony
Graduation Week Events for Students
Other Important Information

Prior to the Ceremony

Application for Degree - Time to Apply for Graduation!

Before you apply to graduate, please read the following information as you may need to take additional steps before proceeding.

Update your Diploma Name and Address

Please make any updates to your diploma name and/or address before submitting your degree application. You can do this via your student portal at, “My Info” tab. If you have not entered a diploma name and address, we will use your primary name for your diploma name, and your diploma will be mailed to your permanent address.


Selecting your Graduation Term

You can apply to graduate for fall, spring, or summer semesters. If you intend to graduate at the end of June or July please contact Heather Peterson, Medical School Registrar, at in ensure your degree is posted correctly.

Note: Your degree must be cleared by the Medical School to start residency. Therefore you are strongly encouraged to have all degree requirements completed by the end of June to start residency in July. Students not projected to graduate by May 2017 will be contacted by the Registrar.

Apply for Graduation Online by March 15th

  1. Log into
  2. Click on Key Links > Student Center
  3. Under the “Academics” section, select “Apply for Graduation” from the drop down menu, then click on to the right to move forward.
  4. Click on “Apply for Graduation”
  5. Select a graduation term and hit “Continue”.
  6. Review your information before clicking on “Submit Application”

Congratulations! You have applied to graduate!


Ordering Academic Apparel - STUDENTS

The deadline to place your order is April 1st, 2017 (11:59 pm). After that time, a late fee will be applied.

The complete outfit (M.D. hood, tam, gown and tassel) rents for $40 (payable at the time you place your order). You may also purchase a kelly green souvenir tassle to keep for $10.00; the tassel provided with your rental is permanently affixed to the cap, so you will not be able to keep it.

Only students dressed in academic apparel will be hooded during the ceremony. If you choose not to wear academic dress you will not be hooded.

Order your regalia here: Herff Jones Ordering Site

If you're receiving an MD/PhD, you'll need to order a cap/gown package and a separate PhD hood.


Ordering Academic Apparel - FACULTY

The deadline to place your order is April 3, 2017 (11:59 pm). After that time, the site will close and you will no longer be able to place an order.


The complete outfit (hood, tam, gown and tassel) rents for $56 (payable at the time you place your order).

Your department may have a specific ordering procedure; please check with your department about this before placing an order.

Herff Jones Ordering Site

Faculty pick up regalia on Wednesday, May 3rd from 10am-2pm in Mayo B620.


Name Pronunciation - Students

You received an email on March 1, 2017 from a company called NameCoach requesting that you create a name page. This is how you'll indicate to us how to pronounce your name on stage at Commencement. You will both write in the phonetic spelling of your name and record yourself saying it so that the reader can have an on-stage reference as well as having heard you say your name.

Note that we only announce first name and last name on stage, so no need to record your middle name. If you would like to be called by your middle name on stage instead of your first name, you may record your middle and last name instead or include your first initial. For example: My first name is Emily, but I go by Addy, a shortened version of my middle name. I could either record "E. Addy Irvine" or simply "Addy Irvine".

Please go in to complete the name pronunciation by April 1st.


Greeter Nominations

Each graduating class nominates greeters for their Commencement ceremony. Greeters are on stage during the ceremony and shake hands with and congratulate you after you have been hooded. This is your chance to recognize individuals from the school.

To nominate:

  1. Go to the nominations page here.
  2. Select the Nominations link.
  3. Select "Commencement Greeters-Duluth" or "Commencement Greeters-Twin Cities."
  4. Enter one nomination.

The nomination process will close at 12:01am, Monday, March 13th.


Seating and Communication Accommodations

If you or a guest require accommodations for seating or communication, contact Addy Irvine at 612-624-6665 or

Deadline for notification for any need for accessible seating, captioning, and/or an American Sign Language interpreter is Friday, April 14th.


Not attending commencement?

If your plans change and you decide not to attend the ceremony, please notify Addy Irvine (612-624-6665;

Day of the Ceremony: Friday, May 5, 2017

STUDENT Day-Of Timeline

More info coming soon!


Speaker - Krista Tippett, Public Radio Show Host, Journalist, Author of Becoming Wise, Einstein's God, and Speaking of Faith


“On air and in print, Ms. Tippett avoids easy answers, embracing complexity and inviting people of every background to join her conversation about faith, ethics and moral wisdom.”

—From the White House’s National Humanities Medal citation

In 2014, broadcaster Krista Tippett received the National Humanities Medal at the White House for “thoughtfully delving into the mysteries of human existence.”

The Peabody Award-winning Tippett grew up in Oklahoma, attended Brown University, and spent most of the 1980’s in divided Germany. She was The New York Times stringer in Berlin and also reported for Newsweek, The International Herald Tribune, the BBC, and Die Zeit. Later she served as a special political assistant and chief Berlin aide to the U.S. Ambassador to West Germany.

“It’s always been very important to me to enlarge imaginations about how this part of life we call religious and spiritual actually works in real, far-flung, 21st-century lives.”

—Krista Tippett

She wrote her first book, Speaking of Faith, in part to answer the question she is often asked—how she went from that mode of geopolitical engagement to becoming a religious person and student of theology. When she emerged from Yale with a Master of Divinity in 1994, she saw a black hole where intelligent journalistic coverage of religion should be. As she conducted a far-flung oral history project for the Benedictines of St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota, Tippett began to imagine radio conversations about the spiritual and intellectual content of faith that would enliven and open imaginations and public discussion.

The show she created, initially called Speaking of Faith and later renamed On Being, is now heard on over 360 public radio stations and averages over 20 million downloads a year as a podcast. From physics to parenting, from civil society to aging, from yoga to neuroscience, and from the environment to the economy, Krista and her guests trace the ancient, animating questions of human existence: What does it mean to be human? What matters in a life? What matters in a death? How to love? How to be of service to each other and to the world? They explore these questions in all the richness and complexity with which they are finding expression in 21st century lives. Her new book Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living continues the conversation of her award-winning radio programs of what it means to be human. Publishers Weekly gave this “deftly woven collection of interviews” a starred review.

“We aspire to create hours of radio that are beautiful, intelligent, nourishing, edifying, trustworthy, quiet, and hospitable. They are also challenging, but not in a way that puts people on the defensive or invites posturing. We invite listeners—and give them tools—to open their minds, to see differently, and to start new conversations within themselves.”

—Krista Tippett

Tippett’s second book was the New York Times bestselling Einstein’s God: Conversations About Science and the Human Spirit, drawn from her interviews with scientists. Her latest initiative, the Civil Conversations Project, is an emergent series of conversations, public events and resources, offering ideas and tools for healing our fractured civic spaces. In 2013, Tippett created an independent non-profit production company, Krista Tippett Public Productions, to be more nimbly responsive to the public life impact of On Being and the Civil Conversations Project and the evolving 21st century longing to reconnect inner life with outer presence in the world.

For more information on Krista Tippett, please visit



Tickets are not required for the ceremony; seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.


Length of Ceremony

The ceremony will last approximately 2 hours.



Parking Information


Seating and Communication Accommodations

If you or a guest require accommodations for seating and/or communication, contact Addy Irvine at 612-624-6665 or

Deadline for notification for any need for accessible seating, captioning, and/or an American Sign Language interpreter is Friday, April 14th.


Class Photos

Each year a photo is taken of the entire class. This website will be updated with ordering info when it is available.

Graduation Week Events for Students

Wednesday, May 3rd - Cap/Gown Pick-Up

Students collect their cap and gowns at the Medical School in Room B620 Mayo from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Please be prepared to sit for your professional graduation photo (taken in cap/gown) when you come to pick up your apparel.

Other Important Information

Commencement attendance does not imply that you have officially graduated

Degree conferral is contingent upon satisfactory completion of college and University of Minnesota requirements, including payment of all assessed University fees, fines, and bills.

Please contact the Medical School Office of Education with any questions you have and/or to confirm your degree clearance status.

Residency Certification

Most residency programs require certification of your graduation from Medical School. However, we cannot certify your degree until ALL graduation requirements have been met -- successful completion of USMLE Steps 1 and 2CK and CS, successful completion of all coursework, and all grades posted. In lieu of the official certification of degree, we can provide a letter stating your expected graduation date. Contact Christina Oseland (612-626-0163; with your requests.


The dimensions of the Medical School diploma are 11" x 14". Frames can be purchased in the U of M Bookstore or through Framing Success, Diplomas will be mailed to the diploma address on file with the University eight to ten weeks after the ceremony.

For further information contact:
Addy Irvine,, 612-624-6665

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