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Celebrate From Home


Be with Family and Friends

We invite you to safely gather with friends and family at home for a unique virtual Spring Commencement experience on May 1. As graduating students, you have shown extraordinary resilience and determination, truly exemplifying the "Leaders and Best."

The virtual celebration will include a number of interactive and remote features, including:
  • A social media ticker beneath the ceremony video will share celebratory messages from fellow graduates, family members, and others and give graduates the chance to respond to questions posed by the ceremony's student speakers.
  • The ability for grads at home to turn on their cameras and join the ceremony live when their dean presents their graduates to the president during the conferring of degrees.
  • Congratulatory messages from faculty, university leaders, and others.
We look forward to celebrating all that you have accomplished and all that you will achieve.

Explore the many different ways you can celebrate commencement virtually:
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Maize Out

Share a photo on social media of you in your best Maize and Blue congratulating our graduates using #MGoGrad.

Make May 1 a Maize Out
Two U-M fans in the stands

Celebrate on Social

Add a celebratory frame to your Facebook profile, send a Snap with our graduation filters or join your next Zoom call from the commencement stage.

Celebrate on Social
Two U-M fans in the stands

Virtual Big House

Unable to participate in grad photos at the Big House? Download virtual backgrounds to create their own graduate photo opportunity at home.

Download virtual backgrounds


Are family and friends able to watch the ceremony?

We encourage friends and family to watch the ceremony live stream beginning at 11:45 a.m. EDT at

If I can't participate in the ceremony at 12 p.m. EDT, will I be able to watch at another time?

Yes. After the ceremony has concluded, it will remain available for viewing at

How will I receive my diploma?

Diplomas will be mailed to the graduate's permanent address or to the Diploma Address if one has been created by the student in Wolverine Access. Diplomas are mailed approximately 6-8 weeks after the ceremony. eDiplomas will also be provided.

Graduating students must apply to receive a diploma. Students should check with their school or college of enrollment for deadlines.

Will there be a physical program that includes a list of graduates?

Yes. All students who are eligible to graduate this semester and apply for graduation through Wolverine Access by their school or college's deadline will be included in the Spring 2021 Graduate Name Book. A printed copy of the book will be mailed to those graduates whose degrees are conferred in early June. The digital copy of the name book will be available for download on the commencement website.

How may I request additional copies of the program book?

If you would like additional copies of the program, please fill out this form. Shipping will begin 6-8 weeks following the ceremony.