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.


Commencement Ceremonies, Minneapolis Convention Center

10 a.m. CST

School of Education
School of Business and Technology
SoBT Undergraduate programs

2:30 p.m. CST

Harold Abel School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
School of Nursing and Health Sciences
HASoSBS, SoNHS, SoPSL Undergraduate Programs

Our Summer commencement events will take place August 14 & 15, 2015 at the Minneapolis Hilton Hotel and the Minneapolis Convention Center.

A complete schedule of the weekend's activities is available here.

Travel Information

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

Ground Transportation to Downtown Minneapolis from the Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport is available via light rail, shuttle service, or taxi.

Light Rail or taxi. Once Downtown free bus service is available along Nicollet Mall, or you may find much of Downtown walkable. A map of Downtown Minneapolis with commencement ceremony locations noted is available here.

Shared van service is available through SuperShuttle with a special discounted rate for those traveling to Minneapolis for Capella's Commencement Ceremonies. Please see details and book directly through SuperShuttle.

City & Location Information

Learn more about Minneapolis and plan your commencement weekend by visiting: www.minneapolis.org.

Commencement activities will take place on Friday, August 14 at the Minneapolis Hilton Hotel. The Commencement Ceremonies will take place on Saturday, August 15 at the Minneapolis Convention Center Auditorium.

Hilton Minneapolis
1001 Marquette Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403

A block of rooms have been reserved at the Minneapolis Hilton Hotel. A group rate of $125.00 plus tax (single or double occupancy, $20.00 for additional guests). This rate is available until July 13, 2015, or until the block is sold out. Please book your reservations early as this block will sell out quickly. Booking a reservation is simple. To begin the process, click here.

Minneapolis Convention Center
1302 2nd Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403


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

Ceremony Ticket Information

Capella University wants to provide each guest an equal opportunity to celebrate their graduate's accomplishments. Each guest must have a ticket to attend a commencement ceremony. Each graduate will receive up to 4 guest tickets upon check in, at the registration desk.

If you require additional tickets, please complete this form. You will receive an email from the box office in July regarding your request. Guests can also watch the ceremony from the overflow area.

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.

Guests requiring special services such as disability seating are asked to arrive 60 minutes prior to the ceremony start time. Please prearrange special seating by emailing Commencement.

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2016 Winter Commencement

Our Winter 2016 commencement ceremonies will take place on Friday, March 11, 2016 and Saturday, March 12, 2016 in New Orleans, LA. More details on our Winter 2016 commencement will be announced in fall 2015!