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2022 CBS Commencement

Commencement 2020

2022 CBS Commencement 

May 14, 2022

5 p.m. at 3M Mariucci Arena

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Mary Kemen

2022 Commencement Ceremony

2022 CBS Student Spotlight

CBS Commencement Program 

Guest information

Guest Seating 

Guest seating will open at the East Main Lobby of Mariucci at 4:00 p.m. Seating is General Admission, unless you indicated a need for special accommodations in your RSVP.

*Please note that Mariucci Arena does not permit backpacks, large bags or balloons in the facility. 

Ceremony Timing

The ceremony is expected to last approximately two hours. All degree candidates will cross the stage as their names are called. Students will be presented by major, not alphabetically. Approximately 450 students will be participating in Commencement.

Directions & Parking

Mariucci Arena
1901 4th Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

All Guests are encouraged to park in the following ramps:

  • 4th Street Ramp (3 blocks west of Mariucci Arena)
  • University Avenue Ramp (2 blocks south of Mariucci Arena)
  • Any of the surrounding lots (33 or Maroon)

You can find more information on parking options here or by viewing this map.


No concessions are available for guests.


We are following all UMN guidance on COVID-19 policies. As of 5/12/2022, there are no limitations on capacity, distancing or mask/vaccination mandates. 


Student information 

Day of check-in

Graduates check-in at the Mariucci loading dock (off of 5th Street – look for the balloon arch) beginning at 3:45 p.m. Check-in by last name. You will receive a card that states your name, phonetic spelling, and major(s). You will hand this card to the name reader as you walk across the stage.
Once you are checked in, graduates will line up by major (not alphabetically) along the Zamboni corridor. Student Marshals and staff volunteers will be available to assist with line-up and answer any questions.

PLEASE NOTE: There will not be a place to store valuables, so please leave any bags or personal items with your guests


If students requested accommodations for yourself or any of your guests, you will receive an email the week of May 2 with more information. If you have any additional requests or clarifications you’d like to make, please email .


This year, we are working with NameCoach to allow graduates to voice-record their names online for correct pronunciation at the ceremony. You've already received an email about the CBS NameCoach website to make a short voice recording of your name for our readers at the Commencement Ceremony. We hope that you'll take the time to record your name for our readers.  


Many students will opt to wear a cap and gown, though it is not required to participate in commencement. Students can buy a graduation cap and gown at UMN Bookstores, located in Coffman Union or online

We will have a very limited number of tassels and cords available for pick-up at commencement. Remember your tassel stays on the RIGHT side of your cap until the regent confers your degree and instructs you to move your tassel to the left side.


Graduating with distinction or high distinction is determined based on your cumulative GPA through fall 2021. These citations are provisional and do not become official until all requirements for the award are fulfilled, meaning you may have the notation added to your transcript following spring 2022 grades. Graduating with distinction means you have earned a cumulative GPA above 3.75 and high distinction indicates a cumulative GPA above 3.9. If you are graduating with distinction or high distinction, you were sent an email on April 29th to pick up your cords from CBS Student Services in 3-104 MCB.

Professional Photography

Photographers will take your picture prior to crossing the stage and again once you have received your diploma cover. A complimentary proof will be emailed to you within one month after graduation unless you opted to not have your email shared with the photography studio.  You are not obligated to order photographs, this is merely a service.


Contact CBS Student Services at 612-624-9717 or