Spring 2021 Commencement

The pandemic has created significant barriers to how college graduations are traditionally celebrated. The Minnesota State System Office has instructed colleges and universities statewide that large, indoor graduation ceremonies are not permitted for Spring 2021. This safety measure is based on Minnesota Department of Health recommendations. Hennepin Technical College (HTC) is unable to safely hold a ceremony at the Minneapolis Convention Center this spring.

In preparation for planning an alternative celebration, the HTC Commencement Task Force surveyed students to discover the most important aspects of graduation for them. A plan was developed using survey results, as well as consultation with college leadership, staff, and faculty. The goal is to recognize the achievements of each graduate and provide opportunities to celebrate safely. Below are the events the Commencement Task Force has planned.

Celebrating YOU and all you have accomplished!!

On-Campus Visit - May 12 and May 13
Pick up your Celebration Box plus photography available.

Pick up your Celebration Box

Graduates, schedule an appointment at the Brooklyn Park Campus or Eden Prairie Campus to pick up a custom prepared Celebration Box. It will include a graduation cap, gown, tassel, earned academic awards, diploma cover, graduation program, and limited edition mask.



Capture it with a Photo!

At the appointment, a professional photographer will be available to take your photo and we will have a more casual "selfie" celebration photo station available for candid photos with your family. (Note: People who live in your household are allowed to join you at your appointment. One vehicle per graduate.)


Commencement Video 

On Friday, May 14, 2021, at 11 a.m. the college will be hosting a virtual viewing party for our virtual graduation. We invite you and your family and friends from around the nation and the world to join the HTC community in watching a wonderful and celebratory video together...but safely in your own space.

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Watching on May 14

On Friday, May 14, 2021, at 11 a.m. the HTC virtual graduation will be broadcast on the local cable -TV channel, CCX-TV. Also, it will be live-streamed online, which allows anyone, anywhere to watch. The virtual graduation will be available for on-demand viewing after May 14.

Watching after May 14

Friday, May 14, 2021 at 11 a.m.

  • Friday, May 14, 2021 at 9:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 10 a.m.
  • Sunday, May 16, 2021 at 4 p.m.

Streaming online: For all viewers in the U.S. and globally, view the program on the internet on the CCX website. Go to the programming guide and select CCX 1.

Televised locally: For Comcast Cable customers in the northwest suburbs of the Twin Cities, view the program on CCX Media, Channel 799 and Channel 12.

On-Demand, online: When it becomes available, HTC will provide a link to the recorded video on the graduation page. 


Guests Who Live Outside of U.S.

If you are inviting guests to Commencement who live outside of the United States, visitor requirements can be found on the U.S. State Department, Bureau of Consular Affairs Website.

Note: a letter of invitation is not needed to apply for a visitor visa, and is not one of the factors used to determine whether or not a visa will be issued to your guest. For this reason, HTC does not provide letters of invitation.

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