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Student Information for 2019 Undergraduate Commencement

Cap and Gown
You are not required to wear a cap and gown, but most students do. If you need to purchase a cap, gown and tassel, you can do so at the University of Minnesota Bookstore in Coffman Union. Please note that the CBS tassel color is golden yellow.

A professional photographer (from GradImages) will take three photographs of each graduate as they cross the stage. A complimentary proof will be mailed to your permanent address within one month after graduation unless you opted to not have your address be given to the photography studio.  You are not obligated to order photographs; this is merely a service.  We ask that guests who wish to take photographs be courteous - please stay out of the aisles and do not block the path of other graduating students. 

The College of Biological Sciences is happy to provide access for graduates and guests needing accommodations. If you will have a guest with a disability who needs special seating and have not already notified CBS via the RSVP form, please email

Graduates who requested accommodations will receive additional information two to three weeks before the ceremony.

Inviting Family Members to the US

Family members (other than your spouse or children) wishing to visit the U.S. must enter either on WB/WT status under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) or with a visitor visa (B-1/B-2). Spouses and children can enter the U.S. as visitors for a short stay. However, for a longer stay, they should enter on dependent visas. See the bottom of this page for more details on dependent visas.

Citizens of certain countries are eligible to enter the U.S. under the VWP. Visit the VWP webpage for information about eligibility. If your family members are eligible to enter under the VWP, then they do not need to apply for a visitor visa (B-1/B-2) at a U.S. embassy.

If your family members are not eligible to enter under the VWP, then they must apply for a visitor (B-1/B-2) visa at the U.S. embassy in their home countries. Visit the B-1/B-2 webpage for more information.

More information about the application process can be found on the International Student and Scholar Services website.

PDF Invitation for Family and Guests

Tickets for your guests are NOT required. If you would like to bring more guests than you originally indicated in your RSVP, you may do so.

Outcomes Survey
Share your post-graduation plans (including jobs, gap year jobs, graduate school, health profession school plans, unemployment, etc.) with the CBS Career Team so we can better serve students and recent alum! Take the survey at