Commencement Day Schedule

Graduates and candidates, dressed in academic attire, enter Crisler Center via Gate 1 of Michigan Stadium beginning at 12:45 p.m. Faculty marshals will direct them and lead a student procession onto the arena floor. 

Commencement Day Schedule

12:45 p.m.  Crisler Center opens for graduate entry via Gate 1 of Michigan Stadium

1:00 p.m.  Crisler Center opens for guests

1:25 p.m.  Graduate procession begins

1:50 p.m.  Graduates and guests should be in their seats

2:00 p.m.  Winter Commencement begins

4:00 p.m.  Ceremony ends (approx.)

Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree Graduates and Candidates

Those receiving bachelor’s and master’s degrees will gather on the concourse of Crisler Center between sections 116 and 128. Students will process down the stairs and onto the arena floor under the direction of faculty marshals. If you are unable to use the stairs, enter through the Crisler Center Tunnel where event staff will direct you to seating or to join the graduate procession to be seated on the arena floor. Bachelor’s/Master’s graduates are seated in an open format and not by school/college or alphabetical order. During the ceremony, all degree recipients will proceed to the stage to shake hands with either the president or the provost.

Names of bachelor’s and master’s recipients are not announced.

Doctoral Degree Recipients

Doctoral degree recipients will gather on the concourse of Crisler Center near section 116. You will receive your name card with a number. Faculty marshals will direct you to seating where you will sit in a seat corresponding with the number on your card. Faculty marshals will lead doctoral recipients in the graduate procession to doctoral seating on the arena floor.

During the ceremony, doctoral degree recipients carry their hoods to the stage. Once there, they return their cards to a faculty marshal so their names may be read aloud as they are recognized.

After the dissertation chair, who has been instructed to join you on stage—or a faculty marshal—has draped the hood on their shoulders, each recipient crosses the stage to receive his or her diploma and be recognized by the dean of the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies and the president of the University.

The ceremony will begin at 2:00 p.m. and will end at approximately 4:00 p.m.