Get the details for Spring '23 commencement

April 10, 2023

See ceremony times, home-viewing options, ticket pick-up information and more.

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It’s April, which means it is spring commencement season — an opportunity to celebrate our UM-Dearborn graduates.To honor these Dearborn Wolverines, there will be three 90-minute ceremonies on Sunday, April 30, at the UM-Dearborn Fieldhouse. 

The 9 a.m. ceremony is for all graduate and doctoral degree recipients. The ceremony at 1 p.m. is for College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters and College of Education, Health, and Human Services undergraduates. And the 5 p.m. ceremony is for College of Business and College of Engineering and Computer Science undergraduates. Doors open one hour prior to start time.

To help keep the event organized and to include each person in the commencement program, graduating students needed to register to attend commencement by March 31.


Deere & Co. Office of the Chairman Senior Adviser and UM-Dearborn 1986 alum Marc A. Howze will serve as the keynote commencement speaker.

A native of Detroit, Howze earned a bachelor’s degree from the UM-Dearborn, a juris doctor from the University of Michigan Law School and an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. Throughout his career, Howze spearheaded strategic initiatives focused on improving operations at Deere & Co., developing future leaders, making Deere a highly regarded employer and promoting the company’s brand. Under his leadership, Deere has been recognized as one of Interbrand’s top global brands, Glassdoor’s Best Places to Work, Fast Company’s Most Innovative Workplaces and one of the American Innovation Index’s Most Innovative Firms. 

He serves on the University of Michigan-Dearborn National Advisory Council and was recently elected to the board of Feeding  America. Howze has also served on the boards of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, the John Deere Foundation, the Human Resources Policy Association, the National Association of Manufacturers and the Executive Leadership Council. He is a member of the Illinois and Michigan bar associations.

The 9 a.m. student speaker will be Hiba Qamar, a College of Business graduate student, who is graduating with a Master of Business Administration. College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters graduate April Marvin, who is graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in communication will speak at the 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. ceremonies. Chancellor Domenico Grasso and Provost Gabriella Scarlatta will also share remarks. 


After registering for graduation, each graduate will receive tickets.

There will be four tickets per grad for the 9 a.m. ceremony. Graduating students at the 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. ceremonies will receive five tickets. Graduates do not need a ticket for themselves. Children aged 2 and under who will sit on a lap also do not need a ticket.

Students can pick up commencement tickets at the One Stop, Renick University Center suite 1145, located just inside the Renick UC’s main doors. Make sure to bring a state-issued ID, passport or MCard and a receipt that you purchased your cap and gown. One Stop hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and Friday. Thursday hours are from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets must be picked up by April 21. If a student will not be on campus prior to commencement, they can email Kris Day to get more information about picking up their tickets at Will Call.

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 April 24 at the One Stop. Students will be emailed on April 21 regarding additional ticket availability.

Home viewing

Didn’t get tickets for everyone? There is still a way for your supporters to see your graduate. No matter where in the world families and friends may be, they can watch the ceremonies online.

The three events will stream on Facebook Live through the university Facebook account and on UM-Dearborn’s YouTube account

Get additional commencement information at the Spring 2023 commencement website.

Article by Sarah Tuxbury