• Photo of UMC Commencement 2018 - students sitting listening to speaker Peggy Hilton

Commencement 2018

Friday, May 4, 2018

7:30 to 9:00 p.m. - "A Family Affair"Salute to Diverse Graduates
Evergreen Grill, Evergreen Hall
All friends, family, faculty and staff are invited to this event.

9 p.m. to 1 a.m. - Crookston Eagles Club hosts the annual Grad Dance featuring DJ Thunderbolt
Admission is $5 per person, all ages
All graduates, students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends are welcome
Crookston Eagles Club, 105 S. Broadway, Crookston

Saturday, May 5, 2018

11:00 a.m. to Noon - Gathering for All Online Graduates - group photo at Noon
Prairie Room, Sargeant Student Center
A number of faculty who teach online will be on hand to meet these online students

11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. - Pre-Commencement Reception for the Class of 2018
Northern Lights Lounge, Sargeant Student Center
All friends and family are invited to both the receptions and the ceremony

12:30 to 1 p.m. - Gathering for Veterans, Active and Reserve Military Service Members, and National Guard Members
group photo at 12:55 p.m.
Prairie Room, Sargeant Student Center

12:45 p.m. - Gathering of Students Graduating with Distinction or High Distinction for a Group Photo
South building entrance of Sahlstrom Conference Center

University of Minnesota Crookston Commencement Program Cover - click to open PDF version.

2:00 to 4:00 p.m. - Commencement Ceremonies
Lysaker Gymnasium, Sports Center
The doors to Lysaker Gymnasium will open at 1:00 p.m.
2018 Commencement Program PDF File Icon

Video Play Icon A live video stream of commencement exercises will be available.

4:00 to 5:00 p.m. - Reception for International Graduates
Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center

All events are open to the public; no tickets are required.

To request disability accommodations, contact the Disability Resource Center at 218-281-8587

There is no limit to the number of guests each graduate may have. All friends and family are invited to both the reception and ceremony.

Order Of Events

Order Of Events

Commencement Program – Order of Events - Ceremonies begin at 2 p.m. in Lysaker Gymnasium, UMC Sports Center

View the Full Commencement Program (coming soon)

Prelude U of M Crookston Community Band
Conducted by Theodore Chapman, UMC Director of Bands

The audience will rise for the processional and remain standing for the National Anthem.

Processional - “Pomp and Circumstance” by Edward Elgar
U of M Crookston Community Band

The processional is led by Mace-Bearer W. Daniel Svedarsky, PhD. The procession includes Faculty Marshal Sharon Stewart, PhD, faculty, staff, candidates for degrees, and platform guests.

“The Star Spangled Banner” by Francis Scott Key
U of M Crookston Community Band
Sung by the audience, led by degree candidate 

Everyone may be seated.

Recognition of Veterans and Active Service Members, Members of Reserves and National Guard
Mary Holz-Clause, PhD, Chancellor

Musical Selection
U of M Crookston Choir Directed by George French, Associate Professor of Music and Theater
Accompanied by Amy Lubarski

Mary Holz-Clause, PhD, Chancellor

Greetings from the University of Minnesota Board of Regents
The Honorable Richard Beeson, Regent

Peggy (Lee) Hilton, Class of 1968

Presentation of Candidates
Barbara Keinath, PhD, Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs

Introduction of Candidates
Danielle Johannesen, PhD, Assistant Professor, Liberal Arts and Education Department

Conferring of Degrees
The Honorable Richard Beeson

Congratulatory Remarks from the Alumni Association
Eric Morgan, Class of 2012

Speaking for the Student Body
Dalton Javner, Crookston Student Association President

Acceptance of the Torch
Ben Koisti, Crookston Student Association President-Elect

Musical Selection
U of M Crookston Choir

Closing Comments
Mary Holz-Clause, PhD

The audience will rise for the Minnesota Hymn and remain standing for the recessional.

"Hail! Minnesota"
Sung by the audience
Accompanied by the U of M Crookston Choir

Recessional – “The Minnesota March” by John Philip Sousa
U of M Crookston Community Band

The audience is requested to remain in their seats until the recessional has left the gymnasium.

2018 Candidates

2018 Candidates

Baccalaureate Degrees will be conferred upon those listed below, subject to the completion of all curriculum requirements.

View the list of candidates for graduation at Commencement Ceremonies for the Class of 2018 PDF File Icon

Student Marshals

Student Marshals

Members of Alpha Lambda Delta -- First Year Honor Society, the National Society of Leadership and Success, and the Crookston Student Association

(coming soon)

Live Video Stream

Live Video Stream

The University of Minnesota Crookston 2018 Commencement will be Video Play Icon streamed LIVE via the web.  

The ceremony will also be available to download and view after May 11, 2018. 

Commencement Photographs

Commencement Photographs

A gallery of photographs taken by University Relations staff during the day of commencement is available for viewing online.

Image Photography Photos

The University of Minnesota Crookston scheduled a studio photographer to take photographs of graduates at UMC's Commencement on Saturday, May 5, 2018. Posed photos were be taken from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Bede Ballroom A and B, Sargeant Student Center.

The photographer took posed photos before the ceremony of the graduate, and the graduate with family and/or friends. There is no charge, or sitting fee, to take the posed photo. Your only charge is when photos are ordered. The only thing the photographer needs is your name to take the photo. There is NO obligation to order any photos.

Information sheets and sample photos will be available for viewing in the UMC Bookstore located in the Sargeant Student Center.

About a week after graduation, photo previews will be available for viewing through the photographer's website at: www.imagebji.com. You order photos directly from the photographer's studio. Any graduate, parent or relative can go on the site to view proofs and place an order. Image Photography has many different portrait products you may order from their site.

You may contact Image Photography with questions on orders at 218-751-8308, or 1-800-477-7068 or image@imagebji.com

Information sheets and sample photos are available for viewing in the UMC Bookstore located in Sargeant Student Center.

Please note: audience members should avoid crowding the stage or aisle ways throughout the ceremony.

Requesting Accommodations Related to a Disability

Requesting Accommodations Related to a Disability

If you have family members attending the May 5, 2018 ceremony who use wheelchairs, walkers, scooters, canes, or cannot climb bleacher stairs, you are encouraged to arrange for accessible floor seating. A graduate may request to have up to FOUR seats reserved for family members, but if you don’t need them, please leave them for others who do.

Reserved seating will be opened at 1:00 and held until 1:45 at which time persons without tickets may be seated in the area.

To request reserved seating, email your name (graduate), the number of reserved seats needed, and a campus or home address where tickets can be sent to Gail Myers at myers062@umn.edu or 218-281-8587 by April 15. Tickets may be picked up in the Disability Resource Center or mailed, please specify when requesting.

Tickets for reserved seating will be sent out to the campus or specified address on or before May 2.

Commencement Instructions for Students

Commencement Instructions for Students

Dress Code

Commencement is a formal ceremony that recognizes the academic achievements of our graduates. The traditional black academic cap and gown are worn by graduates and faculty. The cap is to be worn with the top parallel to the floor. The tassel is worn over the right temple until the degrees are conferred. All students participating in commencement are expected to dress in a manner that is in keeping with the occasion.

    • Men: slacks (no jeans or shorts) with a collared dress shirt with tie
    • Women: slacks (no jeans or shorts) with a blouse or a dress
    • Candidates will march and stand a good part of the time; thus, low-heeled, comfortable dress shoes are recommended. DO NOT wear sneakers or beach sandals or flip-flops.
    • Honor Cords (distributed by the Registrar’s Office) denoting graduation with Distinction or High Distinction are the only adornments allowed. Starting with the 2018 commencement ceremonies, some adornments and enhancements to the traditional regalia have been approved by the Commencement Committee. See the section below "Honor Cords and Additional Adornments."
    • No decorations or writing should appear on the cap or gown (such as, but not limited to, glitter, rhinestones, tape, paint, etc.). Any student who has added anything extra to their cap or gown will be asked to remove it or be expected to purchase a new cap and/or gown to wear for the ceremony.
    • Since there are no secure areas to leave personal belongings (jackets, purses, bags, etc.), you should give these items to a friend or family member to hold for you until after the ceremony.o leave and will not be allowed to participate in the commencement ceremony.

Honor Cords and Additional Adornments

In addition to the standard cap, gown, and tassel, the following are allowed for graduates. No other decorations should appear on the cap or gown.

  • Official University of Minnesota honor cords denoting graduation with Distinction and High Distinction (distributed through the Office of the Registrar).
  • Official honor cords denoting participation in the UMC Honors Program (distributed by the Honors Program).
  • Approved stoles for international students and students who have completed a study abroad experience (distributed through the Office of International Programs).
  • Approved honor cords signifying military service or veterans status (distributed by the Office of Development and Alumni Relations and Veterans Services). 
  • Approved stoles signifying a graduate’s cultural heritage (these are optional and available to purchase through the UMC Bookstore).
  • A chenille letter M worn on the grad’s left lapel area of the gown denoting participation in varsity athletics (distributed by Athletics and the Office of Development and Alumni Relations).
  • Lapel pins worn on the left lapel area of the gown or stoles or cords distributed by and representing officially recognized student organizations (note: these must be approved in advance by the Commencement Committee).

Anyone under the influence of alcohol or other drugs will be asked to leave and will not be allowed to participate in the commencement ceremony.

The Assembly Process

Degree candidates should report to the Eagle’s Nest in the Sahlstrom Conference Center (in case of rain, report directly to the gym in the Wellness Center) no later than 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 5, where you will pick up your name card from one of the student marshals (those wearing maroon gowns). If you wish, you may write your phonetic spelling on this card. Do not lose this card. As you cross the stage during the ceremony, you will hand your name card to the name reader who will announce your name. Please do your part to assist the student marshals in forming the line of march. Degree candidates will line up (in random order) in the hallway between the Northern Lights Lounge (in front of the UMC Bookstore), Eagle’s Nest, and Sahlstrom Conference Center. After you are lined up, please await the direction of the marshals to join the procession. Since time is limited and the procession must start moving by 1:53 p.m., it is important that you arrive on time. Individuals arriving late may be excluded from the processional and ceremony.

Instructions for Receiving Diploma

A student marshal will usher you to the stage to receive your diploma. Hand your name card (which you received from the student marshal before the ceremony) to the name reader at the top of the steps. After your name has been read, proceed across the stage to receive your diploma. No “selfies” are allowed to be taken on stage. After receiving the diploma, all candidates will return via the middle aisle to the same row in which they were originally seated (see diagram below). Please be seated.

1. Degree candidates must remain standing until after the National Anthem.
2. Male degree candidates must remove caps for the National Anthem. Watch the platform guests to see when they remove and replace their caps.
3. All degree candidates will receive a name card from the student marshal before the ceremony which will be handed to the reader on stage when they go to receive their diploma. Do not walk across the stage until your name has been read.
4. For the recessional, follow the student marshal out the north door of the gym.

Please note the ceremony diagram in the PDF document below.

Commencement Instructions for Students 2018 PDF File Icon

Commencement Instructions for Faculty & Staff

Commencement Instructions for Faculty & Staff

2018 Almost Alumni Student Guide to Graduation

2018 Almost Alumni Student Guide to Graduation

Commencement Planning Committee

Commencement Planning Committee

Major events don't "just happen." They are the result of planning and preparation by a number of individuals. Thanks go the following faculty and staff who served on the 2018 Commencement Committee:

  • Brenda Bozyk
  • Leann Butt
  • Paige Clark
  • Tom Feiro
  • George French
  • Jessica Hanson
  • Dalton Javner
  • Gail Myers
  • Ken Myers
  • John Normandin
  • Barb Phaiah
  • Daine Rapacz
  • Lisa Samuelson
  • Tareyn Stomberg
  • Andrew Svec, Chair
  • Elizabeth Tollefson
  • Terry Tollefson
  • Rose Ulseth
  • Val Uttermark
  • Chris Winjum

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