RSVP and Guest Information

Invitations & RSVP

You must RSVP if you wish to participate in the ceremony. Invitations will be sent via email in late March 2018. (Summer 2018 graduates will receive their invitation the first week of April.)

Please note: Tickets are NOT required for you or your guests. However, space is limited and graduates are asked to limit their guests to eight (8). All seating is general admission, first come first served, and specific seats and/or consecutive seats are not guaranteed. The doors to Mariucci Arena will open 75 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony.

International Students: Need assistance with inviting your family to commencement? Please visit International Students and Scholar Services (ISSS) for more information.

Disability Accommodations

Seating for the elderly and guests with physical disabilities will be available upon request. Please make requests by Friday, May 4 by calling 612-625-2020, or email commence@umn.edu. We strongly encourage family and guests with special needs to arrive early.

Persons with special needs can be dropped off at the ground-level entrance on the northeast corner of the Mariucci Arena (access to this area is located between 5th and Oak Streets). Parking is not allowed in the transitway, but drivers with state-issued disability permits may park in designated spaces in nearby parking facilities.

Directions and Parking

Mariucci Arena, 1901 4th Street SE, is located on the East Bank of the University of Minnesota Minneapolis campus, across from Williams Arena and TCF Bank Stadium. Directions and parking information for Mariucci Arena.

Local Accomodations

Make your travel plans early, as hotels closest to the University fill up quickly. Be sure to check if your hotel offers a special U of M rate.