Save the Date

Parents Weekend 2013 is scheduled for October 18-20. Parents Weekend features opportunities for parents and students to spend time together, both in scheduled activities and on your own.

A detailed schedule and registration information will be included in upcoming parent emails and in a mailing to be sent in August. To sign up for email updates, send your email address to parent@umn.edu.


Graduating seniors and their parents are invited to attend GradFest, the University’s annual one-stop event for commencement, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 27, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, March 28, in the Great Hall in Coffman Union. For information, link to Graduation at www.bookstores.umn.edu.

Classes Without Quizzes

Each year, the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) offers its Classes Without Quizzes program, featuring the latest research from CFANS scientists. This year's program includes keynote speaker Mike Sadowsky of the Department of Soil, Water, and Climate. The half-day event scheduled for Saturday, April 6, on the St. Paul campus, includes sessions on beer, robots, bioenergy, plants, and economics, as well as programs for kids and opportunities to network with college alumni and friends. For more information, see Classes Without Quizzes.


In the spring, each college on the Twin Cities campus 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. For more information, see the Parent website Graduation page.

Email Alerts

Parents can receive biweekly email messages from the Parent Program with timely information and talking points for helping your student. To sign up, send your email address to parent@umn.edu.