The commencement ceremony is a profound rite of passage. We invite you, your friends, and your family to celebrate your graduation at one of our commencement ceremonies.



10 a.m. CST

School of Business and Technology
School of Education

*includes BS in Business and BS in Technology

2:30p.m. CST

Harold Abel School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
School of Public Service Leadership
School of Nursing and Health Sciences

*includes BS in Psychology, Nursing, Criminal Justice,
Public Administration and Public Safety

Our Summer 2016 commencement events will take place on August 19 & 20, 2016 at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis.

A complete schedule of the weekend's activities here.


Commencement ceremonies will take place at the
Minneapolis Convention Center, Auditorium
1301 2nd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55403


Learn more about Minneapolis, MN and plan your commencement weekend


Delta Airlines is offering a group code which may offer discounted airfare for Commencement travelers, based on your flight itinerary and fare. Book online via Delta and enter this Meeting Event Code during the booking process: NMMJG.

To use the Meeting Event Code from Delta's main page, go to Book a Trip and click on Advanced Search. The event code should be entered on the Advanced Search page in the Meeting Event Code box.


For downtown Minneapolis construction updates, check out the city's Web site:Construction Updates

For traffic and road conditions in the metro area, visit the 511 Traffic & Road Conditions page.


Parking is easy to find at the conveniently located Minneapolis Convention Center. Across the street from the MCC is an underground ramp that is connected by a climate-controlled skyway system to the MCC and several downtown accommodations and attractions.


Parking is available on Third Avenue directly east of the Minneapolis Convention Center.

  • 1 Hour $4.00
  • 1 to 3 Hours $7.00
  • 3 to 6 Hours $9.00
  • 6 to 12 Hours $10.00
  • 12 to 24 Hours $12.50
  • 24 Hours $15.00


From the West (I-94)
Take the 4th Street exit from I-94 and proceed to 2nd Avenue South. (Do NOT turn right onto 2nd Avenue North.) Turn right on 2nd Avenue South and go 8 blocks to Convention Center.

From the West (I-394)
Take Downtown exit (12th Street): follow 12th Street South to 2nd Avenue South and turn right. The Convention Center is on your left.

From the East (I-94)
Take the 11th Street exit: follow 11th Street South until you reach 2nd Avenue South, turn left onto 2nd Avenue South and cross 12th Street South. The Convention Center is on your left. The Underground Plaza Parking Ramp is on your right.

From the South (I-35W)
Follow downtown exit signs to the 11th Street exit and follow 11th Street to 2nd Avenue South. Turn left on 2nd Avenue South and go 1 block to Convention Center.

From the North (I-35W)
Take I-35W to Hwy 280. Follow Hwy 280 to I-94 west. Follow I-94 to the 11th Street exit (NOT 11th Avenue exit). Follow 11th Street to 2nd Avenue South. Turn left on 2nd Avenue South and go 1 block to the Convention Center.

From the Airport Main Terminal
Take Hwy. 55 exit from the airport. Follow Hwy. 55 west to Minneapolis. This will become Hwy. 62 west. Follow Hwy. 62 to I-35W north to Minneapolis downtown exits. Then take the 11th Street exit. Follow 11th Street South to 2nd Avenue South. Turn left on 2nd Avenue South and go 1 block to the Convention Center.

Entrances/Exits to Underground Plaza Parking Ramp
Enter either on 2nd Avenue South, or on 12th Street South. The Plaza Ramp has handicap parking - elevators and a skyway connect the Ramp to the Convention Center, allowing easy access for wheelchairs.

Public Entrances
There are four main public entrance rotundas located on 2nd Avenue S. & Grant Street, labeled "Ballroom Entrance," "Plaza 1," "Plaza 2" and "Plaza 3." Designated handicap-accessible entrances (power assisted doors) are adjacent to Plaza 3 (entrance closest to Wesley Church), and the 12th Street Entrance.


Super Shuttle:
A discounted rate of $15.00 or $24.00 roundtrip, is available for attendees of the Capella Commencement. Please make reservations in advance, using this link: http://groups.supershuttle.com/capellamsp.html


Light Rail is accessible from both the Humphrey and Lindbergh Terminals at the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport. Follow signage towards "ground transportation". Route 55 services downtown and runs every 7.5 minutes during rush hour and 10-15 minutes during non-rush hour. Travel time is approximately 25 minutes and fares vary between $1.75 - $2.25.

Proceed to the Nicollet Mall Station (5th Street & Nicollet). Pick up the "Free Bus" on 5th Street and Marquette Avenue and take to the 11th Street stop (11th Street & Marquette). Hotel is located on corner of 11th Street and Marquette Avenue.


Service is available from the airport to the Hilton. Average fare $40-$45.00


Capella University wants to provide each guest an equal opportunity to celebrate their graduate's accomplishments. Every graduate is offered 6 guest tickets after RSVPing for a ceremony.

Each guest must have a ticket to attend a ceremony. If you would like to request additional tickets, please click here.

You will receive an email from the box office regarding your request. All requests will be notified by July 25. We will do our best to accommodate all requests for additional tickets. In the event that extra tickets are no longer available we will provide overflow seating and live streaming of the ceremony.


General seating for the commencement ceremony begins 30 minutes prior to the ceremony start. All guests should plan to be seated at least 10 minutes prior to the start of the commencement ceremony. Late seating is at the discretion of the ushers.

Children under 2 years of age do not need a ticket, and may be held in caregiver's arms.

Children over 2 years of age must have a ticket and be accompanied by an adult to enter the hall.


Family and friends who can't attend in person can participate by watching the event live at: www.capella.edu/watchcommencement.

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Guests requiring special services such as disability seating are asked to arrive 60 minutes prior to the ceremony start time. If you or one of your guests have a disability and will require special accommodations at the ceremony please send your request to: DisabilityServices@Capella.edu

Travel Tips: Traveling with a Disability


The Winter 2017 Commencement Ceremony will take place March 10 & 11 in Atlanta. Look for additional information on iGuide beginning in late spring 2016.