Graduation & Commencement

Graduation & Commencement 

At UM-Dearborn, graduation is a milestone achievement and we commend our past alumni and future graduates. Graduation and Commencement are often referenced in the same context; however, there are some distinct differences between graduation and commencement.

Graduation refers to the successful completion of all degree requirements and the official conferral of a particular degree.  Students must apply to graduate by filling out a Degree/Diploma Application. For more information, please visit the section on applying to graduate.

Commencement is a formal ceremony recognizing and celebrating the achievements and completion of the degree requirements. Commencement is held twice a year at UM-Dearborn in December (Fall) and April/May (Winter). All degree candidates and recipients are eligible to participate in the commencement ceremony. Attendance at the commencement ceremony does not confirm a student’s graduation. Please visit the Commencement section for eligibility and details regarding the ceremony.

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Our graduate degree programs are designed for working professionals.