graduation caps thrown into the air outside

We are looking forward to commencement events this spring with great anticipation and are eager to host you and your guests. This event is for all PharmD, MS and PhD graduating students. We will also include a livestream of the event to make it as inclusive and accessible as possible.


  • Welcome remarks
  • Student speakers
    • Surabhi Talele, PhD Candidate, Pharmaceutics
    • Megan Traxler, PharmD Candidate, Duluth Campus
    • Sarah Wong, PharmD Candidate, Twin Cities Campus
  • Keynote speaker
    • Lucinda Maine, PhD, RPh, Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
  • Presentation of MS, PhD, and PharmD students
  • Recitation of the Oath of a Pharmacist
  • Closing remarks

Commencement Ceremony

Saturday, May 14, 2022
Northrop Auditorium
2 p.m. CDT

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Commencement Slide Deck

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Keynote Speaker: Lucinda Maine

Lucinda MaineLucinda L. Maine serves as executive vice president and CEO of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. As the leading advocate for high quality pharmacy education, AACP works to develop strong academic scholars and leaders, to support excellent professional doctoral and postgraduate degree programs and to build relations with key constituency groups both inside and external to the profession of pharmacy. 

Prior to assuming her current role in July 2002, Maine served as senior vice president for policy, planning and communications with the American Pharmacists Association (APhA). 

Maine is a pharmacy graduate of Auburn University and received her doctorate at the University of Minnesota. She served on the faculty at the University of Minnesota where she practiced in the field of geriatrics and was an associate dean at the Samford University School of Pharmacy. 

Maine has been honored with several prestigious awards, including the University of Minnesota Outstanding Alumnus Award, the Linwood Tice Friend of APhA-ASP Award and the Gloria Niemeyer Francke Leadership Mentor Award from the American Pharmacists Association. In 2017, she was installed in the Alabama Pharmacy Hall of Fame. In 2019, she received the Remington Honor Medal, the professions’ highest honor presented annually by APhA.

Directions & Parking

Graduates and guests are encouraged to utilize the 4th Street ramp and Washington Avenue ramp. The Church Street garage has very limited public parking available on days with commencement ceremonies. Note that there is a passenger drop-off and pick-up area along Church Street with single level access into Northrop that can be used for those with mobility concerns.

For driving directions to campus, please utilize the University of Minnesota's Undergraduate Admissions page.

The Send Off

The Send Off flyerWednesday, May 4, 2022 | McNamara Alumni Center | 4:30-6:30 PM CDT

The Send Off, presented by Huntington Bank, is THE official welcome into the U of M alumni community. It is open to all grads from across all U of M schools and colleges. Historically, more than 1,000 grads have filled McNamara Alumni Center with their celebratory energy! The Alumni Association hosts this fun, festive, and FREE event.