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CBS Undergraduate Commencement

2018 CBS Commencement Ceremony 
Saturday, May 12
5:00 p.m., 3M Arena at Mariucci

Tickets are not required for guests, all are welcome to attend. The ceremony will also be available via livestream.

CBS students planning to complete their degree requirements during fall 2017, spring 2018, or summer 2018 will be invited to participate in commencement.

RSVP for 2018 Commencement

Please note, RSVPing confirms your participation in the commencement ceremony and is separate from applying for graduation.

Graduation Checklist

  • Confirm that you have applied for graduation. Application instructions, deadlines and resources can be found here:
  • Review your APAS report to verify you have met all your degree requirements, check in with your academic advisor if you have any questions or concerns.
  • Purchase your cap, gown and tassel. 
  • Review the Undergraduate Graduation Checklist.
  • Attend GradFest on March 21 & 22.
  • ​​Stay in touch with CBS! Consider joining the CBS LinkedIn group.


For questions contact CBS Student Services at or 612-624-9717.

Key Note Speaker

Robin Wright is Head of the Department of Biology Teaching and Learning, Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Initiatives in the College of Biological Sciences (CBS) and professor of Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development at the University of Minnesota.  Her biological research program has focused on the genetics and physiology of sterol biosynthesis and cold adaptation in yeast.  Over the past 21 years, she has mentored more than 100 undergraduate researchers.  She is currently working exclusively on undergraduate education research and initiatives.  Prof. Wright has experience teaching both large and small classes, including freshman seminars, large introductory biology courses, and skill-oriented courses for honors students.  The University of Washington, her previous institution, recognized her teaching innovations with a university-wide Distinguished Teaching Award.  In her roles as associate dean, her major goal is to catalyze the development of the nation’s best biology curriculum, including biology courses that apply principles of active learning, research, and engagement.  She helped to develop and co-teaches in Nature of Life, a student success course required for all 500 incoming freshmen in the college.  She has also been a leader in development of Foundations of Biology, an innovative, team-based introductory biology course for biological sciences majors.  Prof. Wright has served on the education committees of the American Society for Cell Biology and the Genetics Society of America.  In addition, she served as an editor and senior editor of the Journal: Life Science Education.  She is a member of the Advisory Committee for the HHMI/National Academies of Science-sponsored Summer Institute on Biology Education, and has served as a mentor and presenter at each annual workshop since the first one in 2003.  She is currently the founding editor-in-chief of a new biology education journal, CourseSource, which published biology curriculum resources that are linked to learning outcomes established by biological sciences professional societies.  In 2012, she was named as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 2014, she was awarded the Elizabeth W. Jones Award for Excellence in Education from the Genetics Society of America.