Guest Information

Guest Information

Arrival Information

  • Doors open for commencement at 4:30 p.m.
  • Doors on the main level will close at 4:50 p.m. to accommodate the procession. 
  • There is additional seating in balconies on the second, third and fourth floor of Northrop.
  • No balloons, air horns, or items that can cause obstructed views are allowed inside Northrop Auditorium.
  • If you are unable to attend in person, you can watch the livestream using this link

Guests Needing Special Accommodations

Northrop invites, welcomes, and honors people of all abilities to engage with and enjoy our programs and spaces in an inclusive, accessible environment. Please visit Northrop’s Accessibility website for more information.

Students can indicate special accommodations for their guests when they register for Commencement. Please be in contact with your student in order to make special accommodations.

Lactation Space
A private, first come first serve space for people to nurse or use a breast pump located on the fourth floor of Northrop in Room 424.


There are many hotels located on and near the East Bank campus. Here are a few that are conveniently located near Northrop Auditorium:

  • 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

*Check with hotels for possible special U of M rates.

Getting to Northrop Auditorium

Northrop Auditorium is located on the East Bank campus and is easily accessed by driving and parking, taking the bus or riding the light rail. Regardless of your mode of transportation, we advise you to arrive early to ensure on-time arrival for the ceremony. Please refer to the Northrop Parking website for additional information.

Please note there will be construction on East River Road and 4th Street on Monday, so please plan accordingly.

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