Congratulations to our 2020 DVM, PhD, MS, and MPH Graduates!

We want to celebrate you! Although we are not able to hold an in-person ceremony for our graduating class of 2020, we believe it is extremely important to honor your hard work and dedication to learning. Join us for a virtual event on May 16 starting at 11 a.m. CT and participate in some of our fun virtual activities to make this day as special as possible.

The theme for the celebration is “Hail to Thee,” the University’s alma mater, and a reference from Minnesota’s state song chosen to reflect the University’s admiration for your incredible resilience in these stressful times.

UMN and CVM Virtual Commencement

May 16, 2020 | 11 a.m. CT

How to enjoy your commencement experience

Step 1:

Visit the UMN commcement page and watch the twin cities campus ceremony (select group 2). 

Twin Cities campus ceremony

Then select the College of Veterinary Medicine ceremony link to bring you back to this page to view our CVM event. 

Step 2

Go to the CVM MarchingOrder page to view our special 2020 CVM commcencment ceremony. 

CVM 2020 Virtual Commcencement

We are so proud of all of your great achievements and honored to share this moment with you. We hope you enjoy!

Special messages to our graduates

2020 Commencement message from Dr Mark Rutherford

2020 CVM Commencement message from Dr. Stauthammer

Hail! Minnesota in Northrup Auditorium Lobby - University of Minnesota Marching Band

University of Minnesota Faculty Celebrate Graduates

2020 CVM Commencement message from Dr. Erin Malone

2020 CVM Commencement message from Dr. Lukas Wallerich

Governor Walz and Lt. Governor Flanagan Congratulate Graduates

Congrats Class of 2020 from University of Minnesota Alumni

2020 CVM Commencement message from Dr. Jennifer Granick

MN Congressional Delegates Congratulate Graduates

Graduating students are encouraged to use #HailtoThee2020 in their commencement social posts and participate in a cap decorating contest, #CapsOff2020. Branded Zoom backgrounds, cap decorating instructions, other assets, and commencement information are available at