The Spring 2014 Commencement will take place Thursday, May 22, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. at the Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 Second Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Complete the Graduate Information Form to reserve your spot. 

For more information on the venue, visit

Countdown to Commencement

Thursday, May 1, at 10 a.m. for day program graduates and 4:30 p.m. for evening program graduates in the Decker Auditorium

At Countdown to Commencement, students will receive their cap and gown, a student loan exit counseling packet, guest seating tickets and detailed information about commencement.

Graduation Week Events

Awards Reception: 
Tuesday, May 20Specific award recipients and families–invite only.

Graduate Reception:
 Wednesday, May 21, between 5 and 7:30 p.m.  at Dunwoody College of Technology. Reception provides an opportunity for graduates and their guests to meet with faculty and visit classroom and campus. Complete Graduate Info form to reserve your spot by May 2.


Directions to Minneapolis Convention Center


  • 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.


  • Take the 12th Street exit.
  • Follow 12 Street South to 2nd Avenue South and turn right.
  • The Minneapolis Convention Center is on your left.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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 on May 1 at 10 a.m. or 4:30 p.m.

Keynote Speaker

Former Minneapolis Mayor R. T. Rybak

Student Speaker

Will be announced soon! 


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.

You will receive a free, passport-sized digital proof of these photos on an order card in the mail within 5-7 days of the ceremony. You may place orders or obtain answers to questions at or 1-800-261-2576. There is no obligation to purchase, and GradImages™ guarantees complete satisfaction.


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 2013 fall semester
  • Students whose expected graduation dates are 2014 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 doesn’t 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? 

More information will be communicated via email and DC Weekly

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