All candidates who have completed their degree requirements and have applied to graduate may choose to participate in the commencement ceremonies.
Please refer to Applying to Graduate for specific deadlines.
To participate in the Fall 2013 (December 2013) commencement ceremonies, candidates must have completed all requirements and applied to graduate by November 8, 2013.
Summer 2013 (August 2013) graduates are also invited to participate in the Fall 2013 commencement ceremonies.
Preparing for Commencement
Doctorate academic attire is available for rental or purchase at the UM-Dearborn Barnes and Noble College Bookstore. Orders can be processed online or in person. Orders must be submitted by November 13, 2013 to insure delivery prior to the Fall 2013 (December 2013) commencement ceremonies. For pricing information, see Graduation Fair.
All family members and guests attending the December 2013 Commencement on Saturday, December 14, 2013, 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 15, 2013 to be eligible to receive guest tickets.
- Degree candidates will be eligible to receive up to 7 guest tickets.
- Degree candidates participating in the graduate procession do not need a tickets.
- 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 Fall 2013 (December 2013) Commencement must pick up their guest tickets at the Enrollment Services counter, 1169 UC.
Ticket distribution will begin Tuesday, November 12, 2013 and end Friday, December 6, 2013.
8 am - 6 pm
Please Note: Tuesday, November 12 and Wednesday, November 13 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 12, 2013 and Wednesday, November 13, 2013 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 (at Enrollment Services)
- Graduation Portraits Available
- Commencement Tickets Distribution
CAP AND GOWN PRICING
Tam (must be purchased) $119.00
UM-Dearbon Barnes and Noble College Bookstore
4901 Evergreen Road
Room 1225 University Center
For stores hours or questions regarding your order, please contact the UM-Dearborn Barnes and Noble College Bookstore at 313-593-5551.
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 week after graduation.
Commencement Day Instructions
Assembly for Graduates and Candidates
College of Education, Health, and Human Services, College of Engineering and Computer Science, and College of Business graduates should arrive at the Wellness Center in the Fieldhouse/Arena no later than 8:30 a.m.
College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters graduates should arrive at the Wellness Center in the Fieldhouse/Arena no later than 1:30 p.m.
Upon entering the Wellness Center, graduates will be directed to the check-in table to receive a name card. Your card contains a number that indicates your place in the line for the processional. You must line up according to this number. The processional line must be organized and orderly to facilitate the timely beginning of the ceremony. There will be assistance with the line-up order.
Only graduates and authorized personnel are allowed in the Wellness Center. Please make arrangements with family and friends to meet in a designated area after the ceremony.
Approximately ½ hour prior to the start of ceremony, graduates will be directed to the ice arena area to prepare for the start of the processional.
Degree Candidates from each school and college are seated together for the ceremony.
The Campus Closure Information Line, 313-436-9157, will provide information on whether the commencement ceremonies are canceled due to inclement weather.
The University of Michigan-Dearborn will provide a letter of invitation to assist graduates whose parents need to apply for a visa in order to attend their student's commencement ceremony. The letter can be requested by sending an email to email@example.com
The email should include:
- graduate's name
- graduate's local mailing address
- graduate's gender
- graduate's degree being earned
- graduate’s school or college
- date(s) of ceremony(ies) in which the graduate plans to participate
- names of parents (please specify relationship next to parent's name, Example: mother, father)
The letter from the University will be mailed to the graduate, who can then forward it to the parents for use in documenting their visa request. Please allow three weeks to receive the letter.
Persons with Disabilities
Degree Candidates with disabilities who plan to participate in the Commencement Ceremony and require assistance in accessing the Fieldhouse/Arena should call the Commencement Coordinator at 313-593-4753 to make arrangements.
Graduates who use wheelchairs will be able to access the stage for recognition.
Personnel will be available to direct and assist people with disabilities into the Fieldhouse/Arena. An elevator is available to assist individuals to the lower level if needed. Accessible restroom facilities are located inside the Arena. Sign language interpreters will be present for those with hearing impairments. Graduates with disabilities who have questions about parking or access or who have special needs that are not addressed above are invited to contact the Commencement Coordinator, Soraya Jeffries Patton, at 313-593-4753. Without advanced notification, we may not be able to adequately address your special needs.
If you are a Veteran of the United States military, you are invited to receive a free Red, White, and Blue cord that you can wear at the commencement ceremony. This cord is presented to you as a “Thank You” for your service to our nation.
The Red, White, and Blue cord is available for pick up at the Office of Enrollment Services/Registration and Records beginning on March 19, 2013 during regular office hours. Please be sure to mention your veteran’s status when picking up your guest tickets.