Spring 2015 Commencement Details

Spring 2015 Commencement will take place Thursday, May 14, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. at the Minneapolis Convention Center: 1301 Second Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55403.

For more information on the venue, visit

Note: the Commencement ceremony will be recorded and posted to the Dunwoody YouTube Channel as soon as the video can be processed.

Directions to Minneapolis Convention Center
From the West via I-94
  • Take the 4th Street exit from I-94.
  • Proceed to 2nd Avenue South. (Do NOT turn right onto 2nd Avenue North.)
  • Turn right on 2nd Avenue South and go 8 blocks to Minneapolis Convention Center.
From the West via I-394
  • Take the 12th Street exit.
  • Follow 12 Street South to 2nd Avenue South and turn right.
  • The Minneapolis Convention Center is on your left.
From the East via I-94
  • Take the 11st Street exit.
  • Follow 11th Street South until you reach 2nd Avenue South.
  • Turn left onto 2nd Avenue South and cross 12th Street South.
  • The Minneapolis Convention Center is on your left.
From the South via I-35W
  • Follow downtown exit signs to the 11th Street exit.
  • Follow 11th Street to 2nd Avenue South.
  • Turn left on 2nd Avenue South and go 1 block to Minneapolis Convention Center.
From the North via I-35W
  • Take I-35W to Hwy 280.
  • Follow Hwy 280 to I-94 west.
  • Follow I-94 to the 11th Street exit. (NOT 11th Avenue exit)
  • Follow 11th Street to 2nd Avenue South.
  • Turn left on 2nd Avenue South and go 1 block to Minneapolis Convention Center.

Preferred parking ramp option – 3rd Avenue Convention Center (600) ramp. See the Minneapolis Convention Center Parking Ramp Map for additional parking options.


Tickets are required for the commencement ceremony. Graduates will receive their guest tickets at Countdown to Commencement. For additional tickets, please contact the Registrar’s Office at


GradImages™ will be taking three candid photographs of you at your Commencement ceremony

  • Prior to you crossing the stage 
  • As you receive your diploma
  • After you come down the steps from the stage.
Commencement Speakers
Keynote Speaker: Sona Mehring

Sona Mehring is the CEO and founder of CaringBridge, the leading website for rallying support during a health crisis.

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Bio: Throughout her successful career in computer programming, Sona always searched for a way to help others with her skills. In 1997 when close friends experienced a serious medical crisis, Sona was inspired to create a solution around how to communicate with family and loved ones during a critical time and CaringBridge was born. Since its creation, CaringBridge websites have been visited nearly 2 billion times




Student Speaker: Jesse Lee Gable

Jesse Lee Gable is graduating from Dunwoody’s Automated Systems & Robotics (ASRO) program.

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Bio: After working in accounting for more than 10 years, Jesse knew he wanted something more and chose to enroll in Dunwoody’s ASRO program. Since then, Gable has maintained a 4.0 GPA while working full-time; served as treasurer of the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP); and has gained certification in Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) 1 from the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI) and FANUC robot certification from FANUC. On April 29, 2015, Gable was presented with an Academic Excellence Award. 




There will be no rehearsals for the commencement ceremony. Commencement team members and faculty will be prepared to guide graduates on commencement day. For further information concerning procession guidelines, please check with the Registrar’s Office.

Disability Accommodations

For graduates or guests who need disability accommodations, please indicate the needs on Graduate Info form or contact the Registrar’s Office regarding accommodations.

General Information
  • Students who have graduated in 2014 Fall semester
  • Students whose expected graduation dates are 2015 Spring or Summer semester
Graduation Fee

The graduation fee is a one-time, non-refundable fee of $50.00. It defrays the costs of processing graduates for graduation, printing and mailing diplomas, printing diploma covers, the cap and gown worn at commencement, and other expenses associated with graduation.

Students must pay the one-time, non-refundable graduation fee regardless of their participation or lack of participation in the commencement ceremony. Any amounts owed on your account may result final grades, transcripts and diploma being withheld until your account is settled.

Difference Between Graduation and Commencement

Graduation is the process of being awarded a degree. To be awarded a degree, students must have a degree audit by the Registrar’s Office and meet all degree requirements.

Commencement is the congratulatory ceremony (walking across the stage) held each spring in which the attainment of a degree is recognized by the College community, friends and family.

Statement About Commencement Participation: Does Not Mean Degree Completion and Diploma


Participating in Commencement is not an indication of official graduate status.

Alumni Association

Information about the Alumni Association can be found at

Questions or More Information?

Contact Beth Soberg in the Office of the Registrar at (612) 381-3094 or