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Graduation and GradFest Updates

Graduation & GradFest Updates
The University of Minnesota’s GradFest ’15 and commencement ceremonies will be here before we know it. Here is some important information from the University of Minnesota Bookstores for your students, staff and faculty.

GradFest ’15 Event
GradFest ‘15—the U of M’s annual event to help students get ready for commencement will take place on Wednesday, March 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Thursday, March 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Great Hall of Coffman Memorial Union.
GradFest delivers “no hassle for a tassel” service to U of M grads with one-stop access to everything students need to prepare for graduation. For more information visit our web site at or see our listing on the U of M Events Calendar.

GradFest Promotional Materials
Promotional flyers and inserts for GradFest will be available soon. Thanks for helping us get the word out by including our information in your commencement communications. Please let us know how many print pieces you need for your graduates by emailing We can also provide digital images if you prefer.

Cap & Gown Information
GradFest is the best time for students to take care of their cap & gown needs, and is the only time academic apparel is available at a discount. If you students are unable to attend GradFest, they may purchase their cap & gown at the U of M Bookstore in Coffman Memorial Union, the U of M Bookstore at the St. Paul Student Center, or online at Students can order online and pick up their apparel at the Bookstore with no shipping or handling charges.

Graduate students interested in purchasing custom apparel, tams or hoods can save 20% on their orders through March 26 at the U of M Bookstore or online from our web site.

Please note, all Ph.D. candidates must place their rental orders by Thursday, March 26 to guarantee delivery for commencement.
All faculty regalia rental orders are due to Martha Hoppe no later than five weeks before your scheduled ceremony.

Announcement & Ceremony Information
We have many students and their families looking to order graduation announcements at this time. Please confirm your college’s ceremony date, time and place with us as soon as possible so we can ensure our web site it current and ready for your students. Please forward ceremony information to Aicha Nebo at You can view our online announcement ordering at

Diploma Covers
If you need diploma covers for your ceremony, please contact Aich Nebo at "> to confirm your needs and pricing.

Please keep us current!
If you are no longer the commencement planner for your program, please let us know by replying to this email so we can update our lists.
Thanks for helping us get GradFest and Cap & Gown information to your students. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns.

Cap & Gown—Martha Hoppe ">
Announcements & Diploma Frames—Aicha Nebo
GradFest—Kari Erpenbach