Forms & Guidelines
Spring CommencementLast modified: March 03, 2016
Commencement ceremonies are scheduled for 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, 2016 in Hill Auditorium
Registering for Commencement and Reception
Honor Cords from Kappa Delta Pi
Honor Cords for School of Education Dean's Award for Academic Excellence
Honor Cords for All Other Non-School of Education Programs
Assembling on Commencement Day
Commencement Day Information for Family and Guests
For Graduates and Guests with Disabilities
Driving Directions, Parking and Accommodations
Important Contact Information
You are eligible to participate in the school's ceremony if you:
- Received a degree in education or teacher certification in December 2015
- Expect to receive a degree in education or teacher certification in April/May or August 2016
- Please review the Commencement Eligibility Guide prior to registering.
- The length of the ceremony is approximately 90 minutes.
- There is no summer commencement ceremony. Students graduating in August 2016 may choose to attend the spring School of Education commencement or the December 2016 all-university commencement ceremony.
- Students receiving teaching certificates are considered alumni/ae of the School of Education and are welcome at our ceremony. We hope you will attend!
- Regarding any exceptions or extenuating circumstances for undergraduate, masters, and doctoral students, please contact your program chair or the teacher education director with requests.
- Graduates and guests DO NOT NEED a ticket to attend the School of Education ceremony.
- Master's and PhD graduating students are also invited to participate in the University Graduate Exercises (Rackham) on Friday, April 29, at 10:00 a.m. at Hill Auditorium.
- All School of Education graduating students also invited to participate in the All-University Spring Commencement ceremony on Saturday, April 30, at 10:00 a.m. at the Michigan Stadium.
- Note that tickets are required to participate in the All-University Commencement.
Diplomas for bachelor's and master's degree recipients will be mailed approximately two to three months after the graduation date to the address on file with the Diploma Department. Doctor of Philosophy diplomas are distributed at the university-wide Winter Commencement and at the University Graduate Exercises. More information is available at www.umich.edu/~regoff/diplomas.html
Graduates and their families may be interested in Photo Services' diploma frame and plaque service. Details are available at http://photography.umich.edu/Home/products/
There will be a reception following the ceremony at Ingalls Mall, which is located between Hill Auditorium and the Michigan League.
While tickets are not required for your guests, for planning purposes we do need to know how many attendees to expect at the commencement ceremony and reception. Please click on the link below to let us know your plans for attending this year's SOE commencement ceremony and reception.
Please plan to wear academic attire to the School of Education commencement ceremony. Attire* is available for purchase or rental at two local bookstores.
- Michigan Union Bookstore, 530 S. State St., 734.995.8877
- Ulrich's Bookstore, 549 E. University Ave., 734.662.3201
*Doctoral attire is available only at the Michigan Union Bookstore.
Rackham Graduate School does not furnish hoods; you can rent them from the Michigan Union Bookstore before April 15.
During the graduation ceremony, the tassel is worn on the right front corner of the cap and is moved to the left after the degree has been conferred. Women should wear caps at all times; men should remove caps only during the singing of the National Anthem.
The Spring Grad Fair will be held in March 2016 on the ground floor of the Michigan Union. We will notify graduates when the date has been set.
This is your one stop shopping place for all of your graduation needs. You can purchase your cap and gown, class rings, graduate portraits and frames. University staff will be available to answer your general commencement questions or concerns.
At the Grad Fair students can purchase their attire at a 10% discount.
You may order and purchase invitations at the Spring Grad Fair (see above) or from any bookstore or printer you choose. Options include Ulrich's Bookstore 734.662.3201 or the Michigan Union Bookstore 734.995.8877. On your invitation, be sure to mention the reception following the ceremony at Ingalls Mall.
To be eligible for a KDP honor cord you must:
Be a member of KDP
Average 25 participation points for each semester that you are involved in KDP ' e.g. a senior who joined KDP in fall 2014 would need 100 points by graduation. Points are earned by volunteering at KDP events, attending meetings, donating books, chairing events, etc.
To be accepted to KDP
Undergraduates must have an overall grade point average of 3.0 or greater.
Graduate students must have an overall grade point average of 3.25 or greater.
Members must be involved in KDP for at least two semesters.
KDP officers will review point totals by mid-April to determine who is eligible for cords and will notify recipients directly.
KDP distributes the honor cords. Recipients will be informed of this process in their notification letters.
The colors of the cords are purple and green. Please contact KDP Chapter President Sarah Bernstein (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any further questions.
Each year 15 students enrolled in the School of Education are recognized for having attained academic distinction by establishing the highest university-wide grade-point averages among all School of Education undergraduates in that calendar year. Among these students, those who are graduating at this time are signified in the academic procession by the wearing of a light blue and gold braid.
Students receiving recognition will be notified and will be given a light blue and gold braid to wear for graduation.
Please check the honor cord requirements for your specific program. If you meet the honor cord requirements please contact that program for information on how to attain a cord for graduation.
All Undergraduates, Master' and Doctoral Graduates: Please plan to arrive between 4:00 - 4:15 p.m. and meet in the balcony (third floor) of Hill Auditorium to check in, fill out your name card and organize for the academic procession. During the ceremony, the name of each recipient present will be read. The recipient will walk across the stage to be greeted by the dean and receive a memento of the event.
Hill Auditorium will open to guests at 4:15 p.m. Guests should enter through the front doors and be seated by 4:55 p.m. Aside from the seating area reserved for graduates, it is general seating and guests may sit wherever they prefer. We anticipate that all guests will be able to be accommodated on the main floor and the mezzanine level. If additional seating is needed we will open the balcony for seating as well. Please encourage your guests to arrive early for a good seat. Guests are requested to remain seated throughout the program.
The University of Michigan wants to ensure that all graduates, candidates, and guests can participate fully in graduation. The following arrangements are made in cooperation with the Accessibility Task Force of the Council for Disability Concerns.
If your guest(s) have mobility limitations (wheelchair, walker, etc.) please plan to have them arrive by 4:00 p.m. so that they can be seated before we open the doors to the general public. By entering Hill Auditorium from the WEST entrance (off Thayer) you will be nearest the ramps into the auditorium. Ushers will be available to assist in locating wheelchair-accessible seating and restrooms for guests. Please contact Leah Strothman (email@example.com) if you have any questions regarding your guests' needs.
A sign language interpreter will also be signing on the stage.
Driving directions to Hill Auditorium can be found at www.ums.org.
Hotel arrangements for your guests should be made as soon as possible.
Public parking will be available in the U-M parking structures on Thayer and Fletcher Streets. These are the closest structures to Hill Auditorium and they provide handicapped parking. Please see parking map for parking options near Hill Auditorium. The U-M Parking Office will suspend enforcement for the Thayer and Fletcher street parking structure/lots for graduates and their guests. Please avoid any specialty parking spaces such as the reserved spots for U-M vehicles only. If a parking attendant is at the gate, please tell them you are attending the School of Education commencement. Parking spaces are provided on a first come, first served basis so unfortunately there is no guarantee that there will be available parking spots in these two lots. For a complete listing of all city and campus parking please visit:
For cars with handicapped parking permits nearly the entire lower level of the Thayer Street structure is reserved for handicapped parking. This structure is across the street in the same block as Hill Auditorium (see map). There are also numerous spaces located on various levels of the Fletcher Street structure, near the Alumni Center. These are somewhat less convenient locations than the Thayer Street structure. A few city-maintained handicapped parking spaces are also available on streets in the vicinity.
Barnes and Noble Academic Attire Rental/Sales - 734.995.8877
University Commencement Hotline - 734.647.6037
University Graduate Exercises - 734.615.0520
Campus Information Centers - 734.764.4636
Diploma and Transcript Office - 734.763.9066
Please contact Leah Strothman at firstname.lastname@example.org