- All students participating in Spring Commencement are required to present a graduate ticket to admitted to the ceremony and participate in the graduate procession.
- All other guests—including family members and children over the age of 2–must have a guest ticket in order to enter Michigan Stadium. Guest seating is assigned, and all tickets are clearly marked with a section, row, and seat number.
Tickets are free of charge.
Eligible students can pick up tickets during ticket distribution.
- Bachelor’s degree recipients are eligible to receive up to of 8 guest tickets
- Master’s and doctoral degree recipients are eligible to receive up to 4 guest tickets
Monday, April 27 – Wednesday, April 29
Students can pick up both graduate and guest tickets at the Alumni Center (200 Fletcher Street, at the corner of Fletcher and Washington) on the following days:
- Monday, April 27: 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
- Tuesday, April 28: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- Wednesday, April 29: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Graduating students must present their MCard in order to receive their graduate ticket and guest tickets during ticket distribution.
To celebrate at ticket distribution, we’ll have giveaways, photo ops, and more! You will also have the opportunity to learn about your free year membership in the Alumni Association. Tickets are distributed throughout the three-day period. Seating assignments are entirely random, and early arrival will not guarantee preferred seats.
Please note: even if students do not intend to pick up their 4 or 8 allocated guest tickets, they must have a graduate ticket in order to participate in Spring Commencement.
Online Ticket Distribution
Thursday, April 30 – Friday, May 1
- How to use the online ticket redemption system (infographic)
- This website link for online ticket distribution will be live Thursday, April 30, 9:00 a.m. on this page.
Graduates who are unable to attend ticket distribution due to unavoidable circumstances will be able to receive their tickets online beginning Thursday, April 30, 9:00 a.m. through Friday, May 1 ending 11:59 p.m.
However, premier seating locations will be given out at random during the three day ticket distribution at the Alumni Center. After ticket distribution, online tickets will be allocated based on a first-come, first-served process. You will need to have your student ID number when reserving your tickets online.
Tickets reserved online MUST be presented when entering the stadium via printed copy or mobile device, including your graduate ticket.
You will also have the opportunity to learn about your free year membership in the Alumni Association by visiting the Alumni Association website.
On commencement day, the Will Call tent will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. for those who need to pick up tickets at the stadium. If you cannot come to ticket distribution or use the online process please provide your information here so that we can reserve your tickets in advance.
The tent is located outside of the Stadium Boulevard entrance to Crisler Center, near Gate 2 of Michigan Stadium.
Wheelchair & Limited Mobility Seating for Guests
Wheelchair seating is available on a first-come, first- served basis. Please call (734) 647-6037 no later than Friday, April 24 to place your guest on the wheelchair seating list. You must have your MCard or student UMID number to pick up tickets.
One companion ticket, with adjacent seating, will be provided for every guest with a wheelchair seating ticket. Other members of the party will be seated nearby.
If your guest(s) will not be using a wheelchair but have limited mobility, be sure to find out what seating is available for them. You do not need to call to reserve these tickets.
Please refer to ADA Accommodations/Services for Those with Disabilities for information on commencement day parking.
Following ticket distribution, remaining tickets will be made available to the general public on a first-come, first-served basis with a limit of two tickets per person. Tickets are free of charge.
Graduating students may come to the Michigan Union Ticket Office, located on the ground floor of the Michigan Union, on: Thursday, April 30 through Friday, May 1 from 9:00 – 5:00 p.m. to request extra tickets.
General public ticket distribution will be held at the Michigan Union Ticket Office on Friday, May 1, from 9:00 – 5:00 p.m.