Renovations cause end to college-specific commencement, students unable to walk

The University plans to combine commencement into a singular ceremony due to renovations.

by Lara Boudinot

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to reflect the proper mode to submit feedback. 

Due to renovations at the usual graduation venue, commencement for the entirety of the class of 2023 will be combined into a singular event held at Huntington Bank Stadium.

The University of Minnesota college deans released emails Monday stating the 3M Arena at Mariucci is planned to be under renovation during the 2023 commencement season and limited capacity resulted in joining several colleges for a conjoined celebration. 

Additionally, due to the large number of graduates, approximately 6,600 undergraduate students and 1,900 masters and doctoral students, the celebration would not include “individual students walking across the stage to have their name announced, receive a diploma or be hooded,” according to the CFANS email from dean Brian Buhr. 

The ceremonies are to take place on May 12, 2023 for graduate and doctoral students and May 13 for undergraduate students. 

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