Big House Event on May 1
We invite you to join your fellow graduates for a unique opportunity to experience our virtual Spring Commencement on May 1 from the stands of Michigan Stadium. We know there continues to be strong interest in finding a way to share this special moment in person with classmates. With COVID-19 now under better control on our campus and new state public health guidelines that allow for increased attendance at outdoor stadiums, we wanted to offer this option for our graduating students.
- 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.
Please note, the Rackham Graduate Exercises and other graduation ceremonies held by organizations, student groups and our Ann Arbor schools and colleges will be conducted virtually, as planned.
Who is invited to attend?
How will I access Michigan Stadium?
Students and others are expected to abide by all state and campus public health guidelines before and after the event.
How do I get a ticket to this event?
Where will I be seated? Can I sit with friends?
What are the COVID-19 testing requirements for attending?
Students will be screened upon entering to ensure they have completed the ResponsiBLUE questionnaire and had a COVID-19 test prior to accessing the stadium.
What additional COVID-19 safety measures will be taken?
No food or drink concessions will be sold during the event, but water will be available.
What happens if public health guidelines change due to increased COVID-19 risk?
Why isn't the university changing its plans and hosting a regular Commencement?
Some students did not return to campus this semester at the university's urging, and we do not want to encourage additional travel by students or families to the Ann Arbor area from across the state and country during the pandemic.
Should I wear academic attire?
PhD candidates may order custom attire at umich.shopoakhalli.com.
For stoles, cords, and other adornments specific to your school, college, unit, or student group, please contact the school, college, unit, or student group directly.