Preparing for Commencement
At Commencement, December degree candidates and August degree recipients receiving Graduation Honors (Distinction and High Distinction) are invited to wear Honor Cords.
If you qualify for Graduation Honors, you are eligible to purchase an Honor Cord. Honor Cords will be available for purchase at the UM-Dearborn Bookstore from November 13, 2012 through December 7, 2012.
All eligible degree candidates will be sent an email on November 12, 2012 containing further instructions on purchasing an Honor Cords.
Honor cords will not be available the day of the commencement ceremony.
Please refer to the Graduation Fair for Honor Cord pricing.
Graduation Honors (Distinction and High Distinction)
At the beginning of their last term, students in all UM-Dearborn undergraduate programs with a cumulative GPA of 3.6 and above, and students in graduate programs of the College of Business and certain degree programs of the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters with a cumulative GPA of 8.0 and above are designated as graduating “With High Distinction”.
Likewise, students in the programs listed above who have an undergraduate GPA between 3.2 and 3.59 or a graduate cumulative GPA between 7.0 and 7.99 are designated as graduating “With Distinction”.
Graduation distinctions are not calculated and granted for graduate programs of the College of Engineering and Computer Science and School of Education or for any graduate programs affiliated with the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies.
All family members and guests attending December 2012 Commencement on Saturday, December 15, 2012, including children over the age of two, need a ticket to attend the Commencement Ceremony. No admissions without a ticket.
- Degree candidates must RSVP by November 16, 2012 to be eligible to receive guest tickets.
- Degree candidates are eligible to receive up to a maximum of four (4) tickets for guests.
- Degree candidates participating in the graduate procession do not need a ticket.
- Degree candidates must present picture identification and receipt from the purchase of their cap and gown in order to receive tickets at the Enrollment Services counter, Room 1169 UC
Guest tickets are non-replaceable.
Degree candidates participating in the December 2012 Commencement must pick up their guest tickets at the Enrollment Services counter, 1169 UC.
Ticket distribution will begin Tuesday, November 13, 2012 and end Friday, December 7, 2012.
Please verify the number of tickets you receive while at the Enrollment Services counter. We are not accountable for guest tickets once you leave the counter.
8 am - 6 pm
Please Note: Tuesday, November 13 and Wednesday, November 14 the office will be open from 8 am through 7 pm.
Degree candidates who are unable to pick up tickets, may authorize a family member or friend to pick up their tickets. Written authorization from the degree candidate along with the receipt from the purchase of a cap and gown must be presented in order to pick up commencement tickets.
Tickets are distributed at random, NOT on a first-come, first-serve basis.
The Graduation Fair, sponsored by the University of Michigan-Dearborn Bookstore, will be held on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 and Wednesday, November 14, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. The Fair will be held in the Bookstore.
HIGHLIGHTS OF GRADUATION FAIR
- Purchase your Academic Attire (Cap and Gown)
- Order Class Ring
- Order Graduation Announcements
- Order Enlarged Diplomas
- Graduation Portraits Available
- Commencement Tickets Distribution
- Cap and Gown Pricing
Bachelor ‘s cap and gown $47.95
Master’s cap and gown $84.95
Honors Cord $12.00
Souvenir tassels $10.00
Barnes and Noble Bookstore
4901 Evergreen Road
Room 1225 University Center
For stores hours, please contact the Bookstore at 313-593-5551.
If you are unable to come to the Bookstore to purchase your cap and gown, please contact the Bookstore at 313-593-5551 or by email at SM458@BNCollege.com.
Announcements may be purchased at the Barnes and Noble Bookstore, Room 1225 University Center. For store hours, please contact the Bookstore at 313-593-5551.
Photographs of all participating candidates will be taken by Graduation Images during the program. Degree candidates will also have the option to have a portrait taken prior to the beginning of the ceremony. Participants will receive a free proof and can order additional photographs.
Description cards will be distributed to all graduates in the Wellness Center .The photographers will collect the description cards before the portrait is taken in the Wellness Center .The proof and ordering instructions will be mailed.
DVDs of the Commencement Ceremonies will be available for purchase through the Dearborn Campus Video for $20.00 per tape. Please allow 6 – 8 weeks for delivery. To order, please Campus Video at 313-593-5479. Order forms will also be available at the Commencement Ceremony.
Diplomas for graduation will be mailed to the graduate's permanent address or the address listed on the Degree/Diploma Application approximately eight weeks after graduation.