• 2017 Commencement Weekend

  • Alternate Ceremony Site

    Information for ALL Students:

    In the event of severe weather or major safety hazards, the alternate ceremony site is Hutton Arena. The fieldhouse address is as follows:

    1569 Hewitt Avenue
    Saint Paul, MN, 55104
    (View on Google Maps)   

    Rain calls are made on May 20 for each ceremony.  The undergraduate ceremony rain call will be made at 8:00 am, and the graduate ceremony rain call will be made at noon.  For updated information regarding ceremony location the day of commencement, continue to check this website or call 651-523-5555.

    Information for Bachelor's (Undergraduate) Students:

    Tickets are required only for the alternate Undergraduate ceremony site in Hutton Arena. Tickets are not required for the outdoor ceremony site.  Undergraduate students can pickup their two reserved tickets at the following events in the Anderson Center:

    • Grad Fair: March 28 and 30, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
    • Senior Picnic: May 11, 11:15 a.m.-1 p.m.

    Each graduate is eligible for only two tickets due to the capacity of the rain site.  Please scroll down for simulcast location information for additional family and guests who might choose to attend but not have tickets for the rain site location. 

    Information for Master's and Doctorate (Graduate) Students:

    No tickets are required for the alternate Graduate ceremony site in Hutton Arena.


    If family members or guests do not have tickets for the alternate ceremony site or do not wish to sit in the area, the ceremonies can be viewed in Giddens Alumni Learning Center and Anderson Center. The live stream of the ceremony is filmed in high definition format and the view is exceptionally good!  We encourage families with elderly guests or small children to take advantage of the simulcast locations instead of the rain site given the space constraints in the rain site location.