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Those Who Can, Create New Traditions

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Those Who Can, Create New Traditions

As we keep our fingers crossed for spring to arrive, the excited buzz of transitions and new beginnings fill the halls at UMD. This especially holds true for our students who plan to graduate and begin the next steps in their lives. The big news is that UMD will be holding two Commencement undergraduate ceremonies this year. This will eliminate the need for entrance tickets – all can be accommodated! Graduating seniors will also want to be sure and attend the UMD Alumni Association sponsored Grad Party at Glensheen! In the meantime, we invite alumni and friends to send a note of congratulations to our upcoming graduates.

Among new traditions at UMD is the “Those Who Can, Duluth” (TWCD) mantra that encompasses the personality, dedication, and hard work ethic of our students. The spirit of TWCD has led to numerous achievements this year:

– 2,000 students will graduate in 2013 with degrees in everything from physics to philosophy.
– Our students are prepared for rewarding careers and meaningful lives. Over 93% of our 2011 graduates were employed or pursuing advanced education a year after graduation. Check out the Graduate Follow-Up report provided by UMD’s Career Services office!
– Scholarships were awarded to students who shine in their academic fields and to those students who need financial help to reach their full potential. In 2011-2012, UMD awarded $4.5 million in privately funded scholarships and fellowships. The need for financial student support continues to grow year after year.
– UMD celebrated its first Nobel Prize winner, alumnus Brian Kobilka, a ‘77 B.S. Chemistry and Biology graduate. Read Kobilka’s ‘Those Who Can, Duluth’ story in the latest Bridge magazine here.
– Today’s 11,500 students continue to be provided with world-class educational experiences, top academic programs, and exciting research opportunities.

Send a Note to our Graduates!

On this special occasion, we invite you, as University of Minnesota Duluth alumni and friends, to join your classmates in a new tradition. Welcome our newest graduates to the UMD alumni by sending a note of congratulations to a new graduate. Pass on a piece of wisdom or share an encouraging word or two as our soon-to-be graduates embark on this new phase in their lives. You can send in a handwritten note to Bekki Babineau or submit your note online with this easy-to-use form.

Commencement Ceremonies: Changes and New Traditions

The 2013 commencement ceremonies are quickly approaching and our students are again preparing for this revered ritual. UMD’s graduation celebration will now be bigger and better because this year two undergraduate commencement ceremonies will be held. This change eliminates the need for admission tickets.

Both undergraduate ceremonies will take place on Saturday, May 18 at AMSOIL Arena. Graduates from the Labovitz School of Business and Economics (LSBE) and the Swenson College of Science and Engineering (SCSE) will have their Baccalaureate Ceremony at 10:00 a.m. Graduates from the College of Education and Human Service Professions (CEHSP), the School of Fine Arts (SFA) and the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) will have their Baccalaureate Ceremony at 3:00 p.m.

The Graduate School commencement will once again take place at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 16 in the UMD Romano Gymnasium.

For further information on either the graduate or undergraduate commencement ceremonies, visit Commencement Information.