Hill Auditorium

Hill Auditorium
825 North University Avenue
Ann Arbor, Michigan


Master’s and Doctoral Degree Recipients

Upon arrival, graduates should head to the Rackham Building to prepare for the procession. Rackham Graduate Exercises begin with an academic procession from the Rackham Building to Hill Auditorium.

At 8:30 a.m., graduates and candidates gather in the Rackham Auditorium, where faculty marshals and event staff will help them prepare for the procession.

For more detailed day of instructions for Masters and Doctoral Degree recipients, please view the RGE Schedule.


Beginning at 8:30 a.m., guests may enter Hill Auditorium through the front and side lobby doors. All guests should be seated by 9:45 a.m. Since most of the seating on the main floor of Hill Auditorium is reserved for the graduates, family members and other guests should plan to sit in the mezzanine or balcony.

View Hill Auditorium seating chart.

If you have questions or require special accommodation in order to participate in Rackham Graduate Exercises, please contact the Office of University and Development Events at (734) 647-7900 by Friday, April 19, 2024.


Please note: In addition to an RSVP via Sessions, the RGE ceremony will be ticketed. Eligible graduates will receive an email in April from the Rackham Graduate School with detailed instructions to secure their tickets. Each graduate can request up to two (2) guest tickets when they RSVP to attend the ceremony via Sessions. There will be an option to request additional tickets which will be released closer to the ceremony date. An overflow space at the Modern Languages Building will also be available for additional guests to view the ceremony via a livestream. 

If you have any questions regarding the ticketing process, please contact: [email protected]


Security guidelines prohibit graduates or guests from bringing food, beverages, large bags, and signs into the auditorium. We ask that you plan accordingly. The following items are prohibited from graduate gathering at Rackham Auditorium and at the ceremony in Hill Auditorium.

Prohibited Items:

  • All bags (including purses, fanny packs, etc.)
  • All bottles (including all types of water bottles)
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Aerosol and spray cans
  • Animals (except service animals for persons with a disability)
  • Apparel or signage displaying profane or abusive language
  • Containers of any kind (including coolers, thermoses, cups, cans, flasks)
  • Flags and flagpoles
  • Food of any kind
  • Irritants
  • Projectiles (including footballs, Frisbees and beach balls)
  • Seat cushions containing any type of metal or those with pockets, zippers, storage slots, seat backs, arm rests, or attachments of any kind
  • Strollers
  • Video camera, tripods and selfie sticks
  • Umbrellas
  • Weapons
  • Any other item that may obstruct or impair the view or enjoyment of another attendee

All bags may be subject to search.
Medical exceptions will be addressed individually at the gates. Those requiring necessary items (e.g., diapers for a baby, medical prescriptions, etc.) are encouraged to carry them into the auditorium in a clear plastic bag.