University of Michigan Spring Commencement

Gathering places, schedules, graduation photos, guest seating, accommodations for students and visitors with disabilities, security guidelines… Commencement Day is all about details.

Commencement Day Schedule

Graduate Schedule for Commencement Day

8:00 a.m. Arrive at Grad Assembly—east side of Michigan Stadium

8:15 a.m. Graduate photography begins

8:45 a.m. Graduate procession into stadium

9:30 a.m. Graduate procession ends

Graduates arriving after 9:30 a.m. will not be able to enter graduate seating until after the ceremony begins.

10:00 a.m. Spring Commencement ceremony begins

11:45 a.m. Ceremony ends (approximately)

Before entering the stadium, graduates will pass through a photo tent to have their pictures taken. From there, commencement marshals will guide them into the stadium and direct them to their seats.

Note to All Graduates:

  • Please arrive at the assembly area in your cap and gown.
  • All graduating students must have a Graduate Ticket and MCard.
  • Plan to wear comfortable shoes, as the route is uneven and steep.
  • Do not bring any prohibited items into the stadium.
  • If you are unable to navigate steps, please call (734) 647-6037 to make special arrangements.
  • To ensure that you receive a proof of your commencement day photo, be sure to fill out a address card distributed by staff in the assembly area.

Guests

Guest Schedule for Commencement Day

8:00 a.m. Michigan Stadium gates open (Gates 4, 8, 9, 10)

8:45 a.m. Graduate procession into stadium

9:40 a.m. Graduate procession concludes

10:00 a.m. Spring Commencement ceremony

11:45 a.m. Ceremony ends (approximately)