• Graduating students in their commencement attire walking across the UMC Mall to Lysaker Gymnasium during the spring.

Commencement 2019

Saturday, May 4, 2019

10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - Professional Photographer Available
Bede Ballroom A & B, Sargeant Student Center

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - Pre-Commencement Reception for the Class of 2019
Northern Lights Lounge, Sargeant Student Center

11:30 a.m. - Online Graduate Photo
Prairie Room, Sargeant Student Center

12 p.m. - Veteran Graduate Recognition and Photo
Prairie Room, Sargeant Student Center

12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. - Line up for Processional
Sargeant Student Center

University of Minnesota Crookston Commencement 2019 Program Cover. Click the image to open.1:30 to 3:30 p.m. - Commencement Ceremonies
Lysaker Gymnasium, Sports Center (weather backup in Wellness Center)
The doors to Lysaker Gymnasium will open at 12:30 p.m.

PDF File Icon 2019 Commencement Program 

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

*Immediately following Graduation Ceremony is the International Graduate Reception (Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center)

To request disability accommodations, contact the Disability Resource Center at 218-281-8587. All events are open to the public; no tickets are required. 

Order of Events

Order of Events

Commencement Program

Chancellor Mary Holz-Clause presiding

George French
Associate Professor of Music and Theater, U of MN Crookston

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

"Pomp and Circumstance" by Edward Elger
U of MN Crookston Community Band
Conducted by Theodore Chapman, Director of Bands, U of MN Crookston

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

"The Star Spangled Banner"
by Francis Scott Key
Michaela Meine
U of MN Crookston Student

Everyone may be seated.

Welcome and Recognition of Veterans and Active Service Members
Mary Holz-Clause, PhD

Greetings from the University of Minnesota Board of Regents
The Honorable Michael Hsu, University of Minnesota Board of Regents

"I Am a Small Part of the World" by Sally K. Albrecht and Jay Althouse
U of MN Crookston Choir
Directed by George French
Accompanied by Michelle Beeghly

Lloyd Mayes
Class of 1970

Headshot of Lloyd MayesThe commencement address will be given by alumnus Lloyd Mayes 1970. Mayes came to the University of Minnesota Crookston in 1968 from Washington, D.C., and led the school to two consecutive conference titles. His 1968-69 season is recognized as one of most outstanding performances ever given at the University of Minnesota Crookston. Mayes was the first African-American student and student-athlete at UMN Crookston and competed in both men’s basketball and track and field. He was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999. He served as education director at Kingman Boys and Girls Club in Washington, D. C., for many years and currently inspires audiences as a motivational speaker.


Presentation of Candidates
John Hoffman, PhD
Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs

Introduction of Candidates
Megan Bell, PhD
Assistant Professor, Liberal Arts and Education Department

Conferring of Degrees
The Honorable Michael Hsu

Congratulatory Remarks from the Alumni Association
Brooke Novak, Class of 2013
President, U of MN Crookston Alumni Association

Speaking for the Student Body
Ben Koisti, Crookston Student Association President

Passing of the Torch
Ben Koisti to Greg Johnson, Crookston Student Association President-Elect

Closing Comments
Mary Holz-Clause, PhD

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

"Hail! Minnesota" Led by degree candidate Jiwon Park
Sung by the audience (words on inside back cover of Commencement Program)

George French

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

2019 Candidates

Commencement Photographs

Commencement Photographs

A professional photographer will be available to photograph graduates prior to the commencement ceremony. All graduates are encouraged to have a formal graduation photograph taken and may choose to do so with family and friends. The photographer will be located in Bede Ballroom A and B, Sargeant Student Center.  Approximately a week following commencement, graduates will receive a link to the photographs for viewing and ordering if they wish to do so. There is no obligation to buy and no cost to have the photographs taken. To learn more, visit Image Photography.

Requesting Accommodations Related to a Disability

Requesting Accommodations Related to a Disability

If you have family members attending the 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, leave them for others who do.

Reserved seating will be opened at 12:30 p.m. and held until 1:15 p.m. 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, specify when requesting.

Tickets for reserved seating will be sent out to the specified address on or before May 1.

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 is worn by graduates. 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. Avoid flip-flops or beach sandals. 
    • 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.

  • 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 & Alumni Relations and Veterans Services). 
  • Approved stoles signifying a graduate’s cultural heritage (these are optional and available to purchase through the UMN Crookston 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 12:30 p.m., 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. Student marshals will assist 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 UMN Crookston Bookstore), Eagle’s Nest, and Sahlstrom Conference Center. After you are lined up, await the direction of the marshals to join the procession. Since time is limited and the procession must start moving by 1:23 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.


  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.

Commencement Instructions for Students 2019 PDF File Icon - coming soon

Commencement Instructions for Faculty & Staff

Commencement Instructions for Faculty & Staff

Not available at this time.

2019 Grad Fest

2019 Grad Fest

This is a "one stop" event where you can purchase your cap and gown, graduation announcements, diploma frames, check your graduation status, receive financial aid loan exit information, register for job placement services, and learn about the Alumni Association graduation events.

Grad Fest
April 3, 2019
8:30 am - 2:30 pm
International Lounge, Sargeant Student Center