Use this guide to get ready for Commencement.

Aside from your final coursework, there is a lot to do in order to prepare for your Commencement ceremony! We've assembled this step-by-step list to help you.

Check your eligibility.

All students who plan on participating in Commencement must verify their eligibility. Check the important dates, deadlines and other eligibility information to make sure you meet the requirements.

Apply to graduate.

In order to receive a degree/diploma, students must complete a Degree/Diploma Application.  The application should be completed by the beginning of the term in which the student expects to complete the degree requirements.

Bachelor's, Master's and Specialist Candidatesfind out your deadlines and complete your Degree/Diploma Application.

Doctoral Candidatesread about the application process and deadlines and complete your Degree/Diploma Application.

Request to participate in Commencement.

Congratulations on applying to graduate! Once your application is processed, the next step is to RSVP for Commencement. Please RSVP by March 20, 2020

You will receive email communication from the Office of the Registrar regarding these processes and deadlines, so be sure to check your email regularly.

August Candidates Only:

If you are an August graduate and wish to participate in the commencement ceremony, you must submit the Commencement Participation Request for August Candidates form. 

Attend the Graduation Fair.

Grad Fair will be held March 17 and 18, from 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., at the Bookstore.

Get your cap and gown, tickets and other graduation swag at our Graduation Fair. Sponsored by and held at the UM-Dearborn Bookstore, this two-day fair is the perfect opportunity to get ready to become a UM-Dearborn alum.

Highlights of Graduation Fair

  • Purchase your academic attire (cap and gown)
  • Order your class ring
  • Order graduation announcements
  • Get your Commencement tickets
  • Have your graduation portrait taken
Get your attire.

It's time for mortarboards and robes! All degree candidates who participate in Commencement must wear academic attire. 


Academic attire is available for purchase at the UM-Dearborn Bookstore or online from Tuesday, March 17, 2020, through Friday, April 17, 2020. You can purchase your attire at the Graduation Fair.


Academic attire is available for rental or purchase online or at the UM-Dearborn Bookstore until March 18, 2020.

Honors Cords

Degree candidates and prospective degree candidates receiving Graduation Honors (Distinction and High Distinction) are invited to wear Honor Cords at the ceremony. 

If you qualify for Graduation Honors, based on your current GPA, you are eligible to purchase an Honor Cord. Honor Cords will be available for purchase at the UM-Dearborn Bookstore beginning March 17, 2020.

All eligible degree candidates will be sent an email on March 16, 2020, containing further instructions on purchasing Honor Cords. 

Honor cords will not be available on the day of Commencement. 

Veteran Cords

If you are a Veteran of the United States Military, you are invited to receive a red, white and blue cord to be worn at Commencement. This cord is a gift and presented to you as a “Thank You” for your service to our nation.

The red, white and blue cord is available for pickup at the Office of the Registrar beginning March 17, 2020, during regular office hours. Please be sure to mention your Veteran’s status when picking up your guest tickets.

Get your tickets.

All family members and guests attending Commencement, including children over the age of two, require a ticket to attend. Family members and guests will not be admitted without a ticket.

Degree candidates participating in Commencement do not need tickets.

Please note that guest tickets are NON-REPLACEABLE. Please verify the number of tickets you have before leaving the Graduation Fair or Enrollment Services counter.

Ticket Distribution


  • Tickets will be distributed March 17, 2020, through April 17, 2020.
  • Tickets are distributed at the Enrollment Service counter, 1169 UC. 
  • You must present picture identification and a receipt from the purchase of your cap and gown in order to receive tickets.
  • The Enrollment Services counter is open for ticket distribution:
    • Mondays and Thursdays 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    • Tuesday, Wednesdays and Fridays 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.​​​

Please Note: Tuesday, March 17, 2020, and Wednesday, March 18, 2020, the office will be open from 8 am - 7 pm.

  • As a degree candidate participating in Commencement, you may authorize a family member or friend to pick up your tickets. The friend or family member must provide written authorization along with the receipt from your purchase of a cap and gown in order to pick up Commencement tickets.

It's time for the big day.

Find everything you need to know about Commencement--from ideal arrival times, to inclement weather.

For more information

For questions about applying for graduation, eligibility, preparing for graduation, tickets, caps/gowns and related questions, please call 313-583-6500 or email

For questions about commencement logistics (venue, parking, time) and related questions, please call 313-593-5140 or email

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