Crisler Center

Crisler Center
333 E. Stadium Boulevard
Ann Arbor, Michigan



If you are an undergraduate who would like to attend the ceremony you will need a ticket, please return back to this site soon for the link to redeem your tickets. Doctoral and masters students will receive a separate invitation based on eligibility.

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.

Doctoral degree recipients will gather on the concourse level 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.


Tickets are required for guests and graduates attending Winter Commencement.

Crisler Center doors will open at 1:00 p.m. Families and guests may enter through either Crisler’s Northeast Entrance (main entryway) or Southwest Entrances and should be seated by 1:50 p.m. The Southwest entrance will be open for guests needing drop-off assistance.

Crisler Center staff members will be on hand to direct guests to their seats in the arena.

Guests who plan to watch the graduate procession should be seated by 1:15 p.m.

The ceremony is expected to last from 2:00 p.m. until approximately 4:00 p.m.


Permitted Items:

  • Binoculars – cases are not permitted
  • Cell phones
  • Small cameras (those with a lens shorter than 6 inches)

Prohibited Items:

  • Oversized bags (anything that cannot fit comfortably under your seat)
  • Containers of any kind (including coolers, thermoses, cups, bottles, cans, flasks)
  • Aerosol and Spray Cans
  • Animals (except service animals for persons with a disability)
  • Flags with Flagpoles
  • Food of any kind
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Apparel or signage displaying profane or abusive language
  • Cameras with a lens longer than 6 inches
  • Noisemakers (including but not limited to whistles, air horns, boom boxes, bull horns, kazoos, sirens, thunder sticks, vuvuzelas, etc.)
  • Strollers
  • Video Camera, tripods and selfie sticks
  • Weapons
  • Seat cushions with backs/arms

Please note that smoking, smokeless tobacco, or vaping is not permitted anywhere in the Crisler Center or on U-M property.

Additional information can be found at Changes in national and regional security levels may affect security procedures at Crisler Center. Medical exceptions will be addressed individually at the entrances. Those requiring necessary items (e.g., diapers, medical prescriptions, etc.) are encouraged to carry them into the arena in a clear plastic bag.

We appreciate your cooperation with these security measures. Enjoy the commencement ceremony!


Concessions will be available in Crisler Center with limited food and refreshments, near the northeast entrance on the main concourse.


University of Michigan apparel and other items will be available for purchase at the MDen, located at Crisler Center’s northeast entrance.