Get the details for Fall ‘22 Commencement

November 28, 2022

Two Dec. 17 ceremonies will take place to honor graduates, and Meta executive Judy Toland, '01 MBA, will be the keynote for both.

Photo of a mortar board at a UM-Dearborn Fall Commencement.

UM-Dearborn students earned 776 degrees this fall. And that’s something to celebrate.

To honor the Class of 2022, UM-Dearborn will host two commencement ceremonies on Saturday, Dec. 17. The morning ceremony, which begins at 10 a.m., recognizes graduates of the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters and the College of Education, Health, and Human Services. The afternoon ceremony, which starts at 2 p.m., celebrates graduates of the College of Engineering and Computer Science and the College of Business.

To help keep the event organized and to get the phonetic spelling of each person’s name, graduating students need to register to attend; this is different from applying for graduation. 


After registering, each graduate will receive five tickets for the ceremony; graduates do not need a ticket for themselves. Students can pick up commencement tickets at the One Stop, located inside the University Center. Make sure to bring a state-issued ID or MCard If a student would prefer tickets placed in Will Call, they can email Kris Day to get more information.

So how does someone get more tickets if they have a big family or large friend group? Unclaimed tickets will be made available on a first-come first-served basis the week of December 12 at the One Stop.


Graduate Zeinab Ajami, who studied biomedical engineering, will address her Class of 2022 colleagues during the ceremonies. While at UM-Dearborn, Ajami served as an instructor in a research lab, worked in a local pediatrician’s office and attended bioengineering conferences to present her projects. She plans to study medicine in an effort to improve healthcare products and devices.

Meta Global Customer Marketing Vice President Judy (Statum) Toland, ’01 M.B.A., will give the keynote address in-person for both ceremonies. Toland is responsible for all Meta Business brands’ marketing strategy, activation, creative and collateral development, events, sponsorships and more.

She has nearly three decades of experience and worked at several Fortune 500 companies, including Ford Motor Company. Passionate about diversity, equity and inclusion, Toland served on diversity councils at GE Capital, Wells Fargo and now Meta. She is leading DEI and racial justice efforts across Meta as the executive sponsor of Woman@ (Meta's largest employee resource group), Meta Elevate and Meta Prosper.

Home viewing

Didn’t get tickets for everyone? That’s ok. No matter where in the world families and friends may be, they can watch the ceremonies.

Both events will be live streamed on Facebook and YouTube. Links to the live stream will be posted on the UM-Dearborn homepage on Dec. 17, just prior to each event.

Get additional commencement information at the Fall 2022 Commencement website.