From the Spring 2012 Newsletter

Student looking for an internship or job?

Campus resources are available for students looking for an internship or job. Each college sponsors a career center where students can find help from career advisers as they consider how to articulate their skills and accomplishments, develop a resume, and practice interviewing. The University's GoldPASS is the U of M's online database to help connect students and alumni with employers, volunteer organizations, and internships across the country.

Campus Career Centers



GradFest, the University’s annual one-stop event for commencement, gives spring graduates the chance to take care of all their graduation planning needs at one time.

Parents may attend with their graduating seniors as they

  • Pick up their cap and gown
  • Order graduation announcements
  • Select a class ring
  • Pose for a commencement portrait
  • Purchase a diploma frame
  • Sign up for the U of M Alumni Association
  • Have their resume evaluated
  • Find out how to get ready for graduate school

GradFest, coordinated by University of Minnesota Bookstores, is Wednesday, March 21, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Thursday, March 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the Great Hall at Coffman Union. There is no charge for the event.

For more information, see www.bookstore.umn.edu, and select the Graduation link.

Commencement ceremonies

In the spring, each college within the University of Minnesota schedules its own commencement ceremony.

The separate ceremonies allow a more personal experience as students gather with their classmates and share the stage with their own faculty and administrators.

The number of ceremonies, however, means that graduation events take place throughout the month of May.

Students eligible for graduation will receive their commencement time, date, and place from their college. This year, because Northrop Auditorium is under construction, commencement ceremonies are being scheduled in Mariucci Arena.

Please have your student check with his or her college student services office and provide you with commencement details.

Email alerts

Parents can receive biweekly email messages from the Parent Program with timely information and talking points for helping their student.

To sign up, send your email address to parent@umn.edu.

No quiz classes

Parents are invited to sample academia by attending Classes Without Quizzes on the St. Paul campus, Saturday, March 31, 2012. The program, developed by the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS), is designed to show how the work of CFANS faculty affects the daily lives of people in Minnesota and around the world.

This year’s program features Minnesota meteorologist, climatologist, and MPR personality Mark Seeley as the keynote presenter. Seeley’s educational programs relate weather/climate impacts to Minnesota agriculture, transportation, energy, tourism, and natural resources. In addition to the keynote address, participants will choose two out of eight sessions with topics that reflect the diverse academic focus areas of the college.

Learn more
For registration information and details, see www.cfans.umn.edu/AlumniFriends/Events/CWQ, or call 612-624-0822.