University of Michigan

Spring Celebration 2020

Join us in paying tribute to U-M’s most recent graduates online and through social media on May 2nd at

Celebrating the Class of 2020

Many of you, especially those who are graduating, have been asking about commencement. We are still working on the details, but there are a few announcements we can share.

  • We are working with members of the Ann Arbor Class of 2020 to find a future date for the official in-person commencement ceremony. We need more information before we can finalize anything, however, including when it might be safe for our graduates, their families, and the hundreds of staff who would work during the event. We’re currently looking at some time next spring. UM-Dearborn and UM-Flint have developed commencement plans to honor their graduates, as well.
  • We will plan to celebrate Class of 2020 graduates this year with online and social media content on the days leading up to our previously scheduled traditional commencement ceremony. This will include special performances and greetings from our central campuses, as well as from several schools, colleges and groups. Graduates will have the opportunity to provide content, and we invite you to submit photos, videos, and quotes that capture your experience as a Wolverine. I’ll be posting my address to graduates on the morning of May 2. This won’t be an online “commencement ceremony” and will not follow any strict schedule. Rather, it’s a way to mark the day while allowing you to enjoy this content on your own schedule.
  • We are waiving the previous $5 fee for graduates wishing to obtain a digital diploma. This waiver currently applies to most of our programs, and we’re working to implement it university-wide for May 2020 grads. We’ll share further information when details are finalized. Please note that there’s no change for traditional diplomas. U-M provides all graduates with a free traditional diploma in accordance with the degree they earn.

If you have questions or concerns, you may contact the Office of University and Development Events at or (734)-647-6037.