• Congratulations Class of 2022

Commencement 2022

2022 Commencement Program Cover - click to open PDF versionSaturday, May 7 at 10:00 a.m.
Lysaker Gymnasium

Celebrate the academic achievements of this year's graduating class at the University of Minnesota Crookston.

Order of Events

Order of Events



2022 Commencement Program Cover - click to open PDF versionChancellor Mary Holz-Clause presiding

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

“Pomp and Circumstance” by Edward Elgar
UMN Crookston Symphony Orchestra
The processional is led by Mace-Bearer Sharon Stewart, Ph.D. The procession includes Faculty Marshal Kenneth Myers, M.S., faculty, staff, candidates for degrees, and platform guests.

“The Star Spangled Banner” by Francis Scott Key
UMN Crookston Symphony Orchestra and UMN Crookston Vocal Ensemble

Mary Holz-Clause, Ph.D., Chancellor

Land Acknowledgement Statement
Annette Johnson, UMN Crookston American Indian Advisory Council

Greetings from the University of Minnesota Board of Regents
The Honorable Regent Doug Huebsch, Regent of the University of Minnesota\

Keynote Address
Thomas Vilsack, J.D., U.S. Secretary of Agriculture

Presentation of Candidates
John Hoffman, Ph.D., Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs 

Introduction of Candidates
Dani Johannesen, Ph.D., Associate Professor of English

Conferring of Degrees
The Honorable Regent Doug Huebsch, Regent of the University of Minnesota

“You Raise Me Up” by Brendan Graham and Rolf Lovland
UMN Crookston Vocal Ensemble

Congratulatory Remarks from the Alumni Association
Alisha (Aasness) Asleson, Class of 2012, President, University of Minnesota Crookston Alumni Association

Speaking for the Student Body
Vinayak Sharma, UMN Crookston Student Association President

Passing of the Torch
Incoming 2022-23 UMN Crookston Student Association President 

Closing Comments
Mary Holz-Clause, Ph.D., Chancellor

“Minnesota Rouser” by Floyd Hutsell
UMN Crookston Vocal Ensemble and all attendees

Recessional and Postlude
George French, Ed.D., Associate Professor of Music/Theater                                                                             

2022 Candidates

2022 Candidates

Commencement Photographs

Commencement Photographs

A photographer will be taking photos during the commencement ceremony and as you cross the stage with your diploma holder. Again, we ask you to carry your diploma holder (found on your chair) to the stage. As you cross the stage, stop for a photograph with Chancellor Holz-Clause. A photo gallery of the event will be created following commencement where you will be able to view and download photos.

See 2022 Commencement Photos

Requesting Accommodations Related to Disability

Requesting Accommodations Related to Disability

Interpreting Services

An American Sign Language interpreter will be available at the commencement ceremony.

Seat Reservations

If you have guests attending the ceremony who use mobility devices (ex. wheelchairs, walkers, scooters, canes, etc.) or who cannot climb bleacher stairs, you are encouraged to make arrangements in advance for accessible floor seating for those individuals. A graduate may request to have up to two (2) reserved seats for individual guests needing accommodations. These guests are allowed one (1) companion each to sit with them. (If this does not fit your needs, please inquire about this when making your seat reservations.)

Reserved seating will open one hour prior to the ceremony and continue until 15 minutes before commencement begins, at which time those without reservations may be seated in the reserved area. Plan accordingly to ensure your guests are able to make use of their reservations by arriving in time to be seated.

To make your seat reservations, email the following information to Brian Follette at bfollett@crk.umn.edu by April 22, 2022:

  1. Name of graduate
  2. Number of reserved seats needed - also indicate the number of companions joining your guest(s), if any
  3. Mailing address where tickets can be mailed prior to the event

*Indicate if alternative arrangements for ticket delivery are needed or preferred (ex. picking up tickets from campus)

Tickets for reserved seating will be mailed out after April 22. Graduates who do not get their seat reservations in by the April 22 deadline may not be able to have their tickets mailed to them, and alternative arrangements for ticket delivery may need to be made.

Other Accommodations

To request other accommodations (ex. sound enhancing device), and for all other questions related to accommodations during the commencement ceremony, contact: Brian Follette, bfollett@crk.umn.edu.

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: dress pants (no jeans or shorts) with a collared dress shirt with tie
  • Women: dress pants (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.
  • 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.

Honor Cords and Additional Adornments

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 UMN Crookston 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 University and Alumni Relations).
  • 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 University 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).

The Assembly Process

Degree candidates are to arrive by 9:20 a.m. to the north side of the Sports Center (facing the mall) where volunteers will provide you with your name card and you will line up for the processional. If you wish, you may write your phonetic spelling on this card. Do not lose the card. As you cross the stage during the ceremony, you will stop and hold the name card in front of the name reader who will announce your name. Degree candidates will line up (in the order you wish) on the mall. In case of inclement weather, we will line up in the gym of the Wellness Center gym. It is important you arrive on time. Those arriving late may be excluded from the processional and ceremony.

Instructions for Receiving Diploma

A student marshal will usher you to the stage. Diploma holders will be found on your seat which you may carry to the stage. Hold your name card (which you received from the student marshal before the ceremony) in front of the name reader at the top of the steps. After your name has been read, proceed across the stage. No “selfies” are allowed to be taken on stage. After receiving the diploma, all candidates will return to their seats. 


A photographer will be taking photos during the commencement ceremony and as you cross the stage with your diploma holder. Again, we ask you to carry your diploma holder (found on your chair) to the stage. As you cross the stage, stop for a photograph with Chancellor Holz-Clause. A photo gallery of the event will be created following commencement where you will be able to view and download photos. Check back after Commencement for the link.

Items to Remember

  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 you will hold directly in front of the name reader on stage when you go to cross the stage. 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 Faculty & Staff

Commencement Instructions for Faculty & Staff

Faculty/staff will begin lining up in the hallway between the gymnasium and Wellness Center at 9:30 a.m.  The faculty/staff, led by Faculty Marshal Ken Myers, will follow Mace Bearer Sharon Stewart in the processional.  Faculty/staff will sit in the chairs on the left side in the reserved seating area.  For the recessional, the faculty will follow the platform guests out of the gymnasium and exit through the north door of the Sports Center. A double column should be formed for graduates to walk through.   

2022 Grad Fest

2022 Grad Fest

No Hassle for your Tassel - Grad Fest 2022 will be held Wednesday, March 30, 2022 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the International Lounge in Sargeant Student Center.

This is your one-stop shop to ensure you are ready for graduation. Visit with representatives from the Registrar's Office, Financial Aid, Career Services, the Alumni Office, Help Desk, and more in one convenient location! Order your cap and gown for commencement, invitations, class ring, and diploma frame.