Guest Information

Guest Information

Please note: Tickets are NOT required. However, students are asked to limit their guests to six (6). Please note that your ceremony will be available via live stream the day of commencement. All seating is general admission, first come first served, and specific seats and/or consecutive seats are not guaranteed. The doors to 3M Arena at Mariucci 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 1 by calling 612-625-2020, or email We strongly encourage family and guests with special needs to arrive early.  Both ceremonies are live streamed and closed captioned in the arena. 

Persons with special needs can be dropped off at the ground-level entrance on the northeast corner of the 3M Arena at Mariucci (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

3M Arena at Mariucci, 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 3M Arena at Mariucci.

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.


If you have additional questions regarding commencement, please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions