Register for Commencement
Participation and Eligibility
Registration for SPH Commencement is required to participate in the ceremony and have your name printed in the SPH Commencement program. Commencement registration opens in early March.
Students who have yet to graduate are eligible for participation as follows:
Students enrolled in MPH, MHA, or MS programs are eligible to participate in the May 2023 Commencement ceremony if on track to complete course credit requirements by August 31, 2023. Students should be sure to complete the necessary steps to apply for graduation.
Exceptions may be granted on an individual basis per review by the program coordinator and program director. To seek an exception, contact your program coordinator no later than April 1.
Students enrolled in PhD programs are eligible to participate in the May 2023 Commencement ceremony if they have participated in an oral defense or plan to participate in an oral defense prior to August 31, 2023. Students should be sure to complete the necessary steps to apply for graduation. Exceptions are granted on an individual basis per the student’s faculty advisor and committee. To seek an exception, contact your program coordinator no later than April 1.
Students receiving a public health certificate are invited to participate in the May 2023 Commencement ceremony. Students should be sure to complete the necessary steps to apply for graduation.
Cap and Gown
Commencement regalia for master’s or doctoral students can be rented or purchased through the University of Minnesota Bookstores either in person or online.
Hood and tassel colors:
- MPH and MHA students should order a salmon (pink) hood.
- MS students should order a yellow hood.
- PhD students should order a dark blue hood.
- MS, MHA, and PhD students should order a black tassel.
- MPH students should order a salmon (pink) tassel.
Families and Guests
Invite your family and other guests to attend SPH Commencement. No tickets are required for the ceremony and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. All guests not attending in person will be able to watch the ceremony via livestream or view the event recording (the link will be available on the day of the ceremony).
International students can reference Visitor Visa information to write their own letter in order to receive a temporary visa for families to attend commencement.
Registration and Regalia
All faculty are invited to participate in the SPH Commencement ceremony. SPH can only guarantee regalia if you pre-register. Registration for participation will open in mid-February.
Faculty advisors should speak with PhD candidates to confirm their participation in the ceremony. More details will be sent to those individuals participating as noted in the registration form. PhD candidates are the only students eligible for the hooding ceremony.
Accommodations, Lodging, and Parking
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 and faculty can indicate special accommodations needs when they register for Commencement.
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.