Eligibility

All Graduates

All graduates and candidates who are completing graduation requirements during the Spring/Summer Term 2018 or Fall Term 2018 who meet the University’s eligibility requirements are invited to participate in Winter Commencement on Sunday, December 16, 2018.

If you are unable to attend the Winter Commencement ceremony on December 16, or if you would prefer to wait, you may instead participate in the Spring Commencement ceremony on May 4, 2019 in Michigan Stadium (but your name will still be printed in the Winter Commencement printed program, which you may request copies of in January).

In addition, students who will graduate at the end of the Winter Term 2019 (April) but are unable to attend Spring Commencement on May 4, 2019, may take part earlier in the December 16, 2018 Winter Commencement ceremony.

Anyone unsure of their eligibility should contact the Registrar’s/Academic Records Office in the school or college from which they are graduating.

Expected Term
of Graduation

Commencement Ceremony
Participation Options

Spring/Summer
Term 2018
(August)
  • Winter Commencement – December 16, 2018
  • Spring Commencement – May 4, 2019 – (if you are unable to participate in Winter Commencement)
Fall Term 2018
(December)
  • Winter Commencement – December 16, 2018
  • Spring Commencement – May 4, 2019 – (if you are unable to participate in Winter Commencement)
Winter Term 2019
(April)
  • Winter Commencement – December 16, 2018 – (if you are unable to participate in Spring Commencement)
  • Spring Commencement – May 4, 2019

Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies – Eligibility

Below are instructions for doctoral, master’s and certificate students who receive their degrees through the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies (Rackham Graduate School).  All others should contact the registrar of their individual school or college for more information.

Rackham master’s and certificate candidates who expect to complete their degree requirements during the Spring/Summer Term 2018 or Fall Term 2018 are eligible to participate in the upcoming Winter Commencement ceremony on December 16, 2018.  View Rackham’s masters degree deadlines.

Rackham doctoral candidates who complete their degree requirements by Monday, November 12, 2018 are eligible to participate in the upcoming Winter Commencement ceremony on December 16, 2018.  View Rackham’s doctoral degree deadlines.

For further information regarding eligibility, students should visit the Rackham Eligibility Website.

Rackham will email all eligible graduates in early November to request you RSVP to participate in the upcoming Winter Commencement ceremony on Sunday, December 16, 2018.  View Programs of Study at Rackham to confirm if your degree will be conferred by the Rackham Graduate School.