Commencement: June 7, 2013
PLEASE NOTE: At present, plans regarding safety and security at Commencement are being revised. Final details may change specifics such as the times when faculty need to report for assembly. Such items will be communicated when plans are finalized.
How do I register to participate in Commencement?
We offer a webform, but please note that online registration and ordering of regalia is now closed. If you would like to march at Commencement, please email Kimberly Nelson to see whether arrangements may be made. If you own all pieces of regalia and need simply to advise us of your plans to participate, please include that information in your message.
Where do I pick up and return my rented regalia?
Rental regalia will be available for pick-up in room 8-119 on Wednesday, June 5 and Thursday, June 6 from 10 am to 4 pm. On Friday, June 7, rental regalia will be available in the lobby of Kresge Auditorium at 8:30 am.
Please return rented regalia to room 8-119 either immediately after Commencement or by 4 pm on Monday, June 10. Drop-off hours on Monday are 10 am–4 pm.
Where is assembly for Senior Lecturers on Commencement morning?
Senior Lecturers are asked to report to the assembly tent on Kresge Oval between 8:45 and 9:15 am on June 7 for robing and assembly. Continental breakfast will be available.
How long are the Commencement Exercises?
The Commencement Exercises, which officially begin as the Academic Procession enters Killian Court at 10 am, conclude at approximately 1:30 pm. The names of graduates are read in alternating order between undergraduates and graduates.
Do I need a ticket to participate in Commencement?
No. If you are marching in the Academic Procession, you will be seated on the stage so you do not need a ticket.
Can I greet a special graduating student at Commencement?
There is limited space for moving on stage during the ceremony, but our faculty marshals work to allow Senior Lecturers to find a way to greet special students.
Can I leave the stage and return during Commencement?
Senior Lecturers are an important part of the greeting during Commencement and are therefore asked to remain on stage. However, if you need to leave, there are stairs off the back of the stage and the faculty marshals can help you leave and return to stage once the actual awarding of degrees begins.
What happens after Commencement?
All are invited to the individual School and department receptions held across campus. Details are forthcoming through your departments and on the Commencement website; please look for more information toward the end of May.