Tips and tricks to make getting to the commencement stage and getting that diploma a little less stressful

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Tips and tricks to make getting to the commencement stage and getting that diploma a little less stressful

The University of North Dakota held its 2015 Graduation Expo on Wednesday in the Memorial Union, helping soon-to-be-graduates figure out what they need to get done before they are done being students.

For many at UND, it’s time to get details squared away to make spring graduation one of the most memorable days of their lives. UND's General Spring Commencement is set for Saturday, May 16, at 1:30 p.m., at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks. The ceremony for the School of Law is May 9 at 10 a.m. The School of Medicine & Health Sciences will hold a ceremony Saturday, May 9, at 2:30 p.m.

University & Public Affairs recently sat down with Dawn Botsford, an events coordinator with the UND Public Relations Group, to get few tips and tricks to help students stay on top of what they need to do to graduate:

  • Find the Facebook page UND Ceremonies and Special Events for all graduation updates.
  • Contact the Financial Aid team to assist students with any questions regarding loans and payments.
  • Head to the UND Bookstore, where a student can find important accessories such as cap, gown, tassel, graduation announcements, class ring, diploma frame and alumni gear.
  • Visit the fine folks at the School of Graduate Studies to discover future grad school options at UND, including online programs. They also can check current application statuses.
  • See what UND Career Services has in store for you. This office can help with cover letters, resumes and other steps in the job search process, and the service is available to any student or alumni seeking a job.
  • Attend the Commencement Breakfast the morning of graduation. This year, it will take place In the Gorecki Alumni Center Saturday, May 16, from 9–11 a.m. It’s free to all graduating families.
  • Check out University Catering, which offers party platters and other catering options to support families to make graduation day a little less stressful.

Also, it is important to request any ceremony related disability accommodations or other needs for graduates or guests to make the special day comfortable to all. For such arrangements, call Botsford at 701.777.6393.

And don’t forget, UND desires to keep in touch with all alumni and new graduates through the Alumni Association & Foundation.

Congratulations graduates!

Teresa DiGregorio University & Public Affairs student writer

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