All Winter 2015 (April 2015) degree candidates, as well as, August 2015 prospective degree candidates may participate. Students planning to participate in this ceremony must RSVP to participate between February 9, 2015 and March 20, 2015.
Preparing for Commencement
All degree candidates who participate in the April 2015 Commencement must wear academic attire. Academic attire is available for purchase at the Barnes and Noble Bookstore from Tuesday, March 17, 2015 through Friday, April 17, 2015.
Orders may placed online from Tuesday, March 17, 2015 through Friday, April 10, 2015. Ordering for Undergraduate/Master/Specialist will not be available prior to March 17, 2015.
For pricing information, see Graduation Fair.
At Commencement, Winter 2015 (April 2015) degree candidates and Summer 2015 (August 2015) prospective degree candidates receiving Graduation Honors (Distinction and High Distinction) are invited to wear Honor Cords.
If you qualify for Graduation Honors, you are eligible to purchase an Honor Cord. Honor Cords will be available for purchase at the UM-Dearborn Bookstore from March 17, 2015 through April 17, 2015.
All eligible degree candidates will be sent an email on March 16, 2015 containing further instructions on purchasing an Honor Cords.
Honor cords will not be available the day of the commencement ceremonies.
Please refer to the Graduation Fair for Honor Cord pricing.
Graduation Honors (Distinction and High Distinction)
At the beginning of their last term, students in all UM-Dearborn undergraduate programs with a cumulative GPA of 3.6 and above, and students in graduate programs of the College of Business and certain degree programs of the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters with a cumulative GPA of 4.0 are designated as graduating “With High Distinction”.
Likewise, students in the programs listed above who have an undergraduate cumulative GPA between 3.2 and 3.59 or a graduate cumulative GPA between 3.7 and 3.99 are designated as graduating “With Distinction”.
Graduation distinctions are not calculated and granted for graduate programs of the College of Engineering and Computer Science and College of Education, Health, and Human Services or for any graduate programs affiliated with the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies.
All family members and guests attending the April 2015 Commencement on Sunday, April 26, 2015, including children over the age of two, need a ticket to attend the Commencement Ceremony. No admissions without a ticket.
- Degree candidates are eligible to receive up to 3 guest tickets each.
- Degree candidates must RSVP by March 20, 2015 to be eligible to receive guest tickets.
- Degree candidates participating in the graduate procession do not need a tickets.
- Degree candidates must present picture identification and receipt from the purchase of their cap and gown in order to receive tickets at the Enrollment Services counter, Room 1169 UC.
Guest tickets are non-replaceable.
Degree candidates participating in the Winter 2015 (April 2015) Commencement must pick up their guest tickets at the Enrollment Services counter, 1169 UC.
Ticket distribution will begin Tuesday, March 17, 2015 and end Friday, April 17, 2015.
8 am - 6 pm
Please Note: Tuesday, March 17 and Wednesday, March 18 the office will be open from 8 am through 7 pm.
Degree candidates who are unable to pick up tickets, may authorize a family member or friend to pick up their tickets. Written authorization from the degree candidate along with the receipt from the purchase of a cap and gown must be presented in order to pick up commencement tickets.
Tickets are distributed at random, NOT on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Following graduate ticket distribution, if extra tickets are available, an email will be sent to all individuals who requested extra tickets via the RSVP Survey. Extra tickets will be distributed at the Enrollment Services counter (1169 UC) on a first come-first served basis April 21 through April 24, 2015 from 8:00 a.m.-5:00p.m.
The Graduation Fair, sponsored by the University of Michigan-Dearborn Bookstore, will be held on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 and Wednesday, March 18, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. The Fair will be held in the Bookstore.
HIGHLIGHTS OF GRADUATION FAIR
- Purchase your Academic Attire (Cap and Gown)
- Order Class Ring
- Order Graduation Announcements
- Order Enlarged Diplomas (at Enrollment Services)
- Graduation Portraits Available
- Commencement Tickets Distribution
CAP AND GOWN PRICING
Bachelor's cap and gown
Master’s cap and gown
Barnes and Noble Bookstore
4901 Evergreen Road
Room 1225 University Center
For stores hours, please contact the Bookstore at 313-593-5551.
Announcements may be purchased at the Barnes and Noble Bookstore, Room 1225 University Center. For store hours, please contact the Bookstore at 313-593-5551.
Photographs of all participating candidates will be taken by Graduation Images during the program. Degree candidates will also have the option to have a portrait taken prior to the beginning of the ceremony. Participants will receive a free proof and can order additional photographs.
Description cards will be distributed to all graduates in the Wellness Center .The photographers will collect the description cards before the portrait is taken in the Wellness Center .The proof and ordering instructions will be mailed.
DVDs of the Commencement Ceremonies will be available for purchase through the Dearborn Campus Video for $20.00 per tape. Please allow 6 – 8 weeks for delivery. To order, please Campus Video at 313-593-5479. Order forms will also be available at the Commencement Ceremony.
Diplomas for graduation will be mailed to the graduate's permanent address or the address listed on the Degree/Diploma Application approximately eight week after graduation.
Commencement Day Instructions
Assembly for Graduates and Candidates
College of Education, Health, and Human Services, College of Engineering and Computer Science, and College of Business graduates should arrive at the Wellness Center in the Fieldhouse/Arena no later than 8:30 a.m.
College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters graduates should arrive at the Wellness Center in the Fieldhouse/Arena no later than 1:30 p.m.
Upon entering the Wellness Center, graduates will be directed to the check-in table to receive a name card. Your card contains a number that indicates your place in the line for the processional. You must line up according to this number. The processional line must be organized and orderly to facilitate the timely beginning of the ceremony. There will be assistance with the line-up order.
Only graduates and authorized personnel are allowed in the Wellness Center. Please make arrangements with family and friends to meet in a designated area after the ceremony.
Approximately ½ hour prior to the start of ceremony, graduates will be directed to the ice arena area to prepare for the start of the processional.
Degree Candidates from each school and college are seated together for the ceremony.
The Campus Closure Information Line, 313-436-9157, will provide information on whether the commencement ceremonies are canceled due to inclement weather.
The University of Michigan-Dearborn will provide a letter of invitation to assist graduates whose parents need to apply for a visa in order to attend their student's commencement ceremony. The letter can be requested by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The email should include:
- graduate's name
- graduate's local mailing address
- graduate's gender
- graduate's degree being earned
- graduate’s school or college
- date(s) of ceremony(ies) in which the graduate plans to participate
- names of parents (please specify relationship next to parent's name, Example: mother, father)
The letter from the University will be mailed to the graduate, who can then forward it to the parents for use in documenting their visa request. Please allow three weeks to receive the letter.
Persons with Disabilities
Degree Candidates with disabilities who plan to participate in the Commencement Ceremony and require assistance in accessing the Fieldhouse/Arena should call the Commencement Coordinator at 313-593-4753 to make arrangements.
Graduates who use wheelchairs will be able to access the stage for recognition.
Personnel will be available to direct and assist people with disabilities into the Fieldhouse/Arena. An elevator is available to assist individuals to the lower level if needed. Accessible restroom facilities are located inside the Arena. Sign language interpreters will be present for those with hearing impairments. Graduates with disabilities who have questions about parking or access or who have special needs that are not addressed above are invited to contact the Commencement Coordinator, Soraya Jeffries Patton, at 313-593-4753. Without advanced notification, we may not be able to adequately address your special needs.
If you are a Veteran of the United States military, you are invited to receive a free Red, White, and Blue cord that you can wear at the commencement ceremony. This cord is presented to you as a “Thank You” for your service to our nation.
The Red, White, and Blue cord is available for pick up at the Office of Enrollment Services/Registration and Records beginning on March 17, 2015 during regular office hours. Please be sure to mention your veteran’s status when picking up your guest tickets.
Prospective August graduates are invited to attend the Commencement Ceremony. August graduates who wish to participate in the Winter 2015 commencement ceremonies must complete the Request to Participate in Commencement Ceremony Form. Please submit your request to participate by January 30, 2015.