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. 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.