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 Graduation 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. The University of Michigan-Dearborn holds a commencement ceremony in December and April/May. All degree candidates and recipients are eligible to participate in a 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.

Graduation & Commencement Links

August Degree Candidates and Recipients

Students graduating in August are eligible to participate in either the April/May or December ceremony and must complete the Commencement Participation Request for August Candidate Form.  

Applying to Graduate


Office of the Registrar

Outside 1600 - Social Sciences Building
4901 Evergreen Road
Dearborn, MI 48128
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Phone: 313-583-6500
Fax: 313-593-5697