Media Alert: University of Minnesota 2020 commencement

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WHAT: The University of Minnesota is hosting a systemwide virtual commencement to celebrate graduates. This year’s celebration will feature recorded remarks by Board of Regents Chair Ken Powell and President Joan Gabel, and include a personalized slide for each graduate.

WHO: Students from all five campuses were given the option to participate. University systemwide speakers include Board of Regents Chair Ken Powell, Regent Mike Kenyanya, President Joan Gabel, Director of the University’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy Michael Osterholm and Professor Emeritus John S. Wright. In addition, there will be messages from the Minnesota Congressional Delegation.

WHEN: Content will be launched beginning Saturday, May 16, at 11 a.m. CDT.
**This is not a live streamed event. Virtual commencement content will be accessible online until June 30, 2020.

WHERE: Online at system.umn.edu/commencement.

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (05/11/2020) —  Launching Saturday, May 16, at 11 a.m., the University of Minnesota will honor the Class of 2020 with a systemwide virtual commencement celebration. The University has invited over 17,000 undergraduates, graduate, and professional students to participate in this celebration to honor all graduates from each of the University’s five campuses.

The theme for the celebration is “Hail to Thee,” the University’s alma mater and a reference from Minnesota’s state song chosen to reflect the University’s admiration for our graduates’ incredible resilience in light of these stressful times. This year’s celebration will feature remarks by Board of Regents Chair Ken Powell and President Joan Gabel and messages from the Minnesota Congressional Delegation.

In the spirit of traditional commencement, graduation candidates were sent a tassel and diploma cover as they would normally receive during an in-person celebration. Graduates had the option to include their photo on a personalized slide that notes their major and degree. 

To honor the graduates, the I-35W Bridge across the Mississippi River in Minneapolis and Target will be lighting up in maroon and gold during the evenings over the weekend. Target will be illuminating their downtown headquarters Friday, May 15, through Sunday, May 17, and the 35W Bridge on Saturday, May 16.

Each U of M campus will have their own site within this systemwide celebration that will feature messages from campus leaders and unique content that graduates can share with family and friends. Many colleges on the Twin Cities campus will also hold their own virtual ceremonies. All information can be found here: z.umn.edu/commencement2020

The virtual commencement will be accessible online until June 30, 2020.

The University will be making decisions later this summer about the possibilities for in-person commencements on its campuses this fall. Any decisions will follow guidance from Governor Tim Walz, federal and state public health agencies, and the University’s own medical and public health experts.

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05/20/2020