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FAQs

How Long is the Ceremony?

Please allow 1.5-2 hours for the event itself. Doors open half an hour before the start of the program and, as seats are unassigned, it is recommended to arrive early. Please note tickets are required for the event (please see Ticket Information for more details). Unfortunately we will be unable to accommodate those who arrive without a ticket. 

The venue does offer some seating for those with mobility limitations. Upon arrival, please seek out a staff member or usher for assistance. Please do try to come early so we can make our best effort to accommodate your needs.

When is the Department’s Commencement Celebration and where will it be held?

The most current information about upcoming undergraduate Commencement Activities can be found here

If the information on the above page is obviously from the previous year, please be aware we have not yet confirmed the venue for the upcoming Commencement event and will update the site as soon as possible. Historically, this event has been held the Friday before the University's larger Commencement event.

 

Who is Invited to Attend?

The Commencement Ceremony is for students who are either graduating that April/May, will be graduating in the following August, or have graduated the previous December. 

Anticipated graduates will receive several emails about Graduation, the Commencement Ceremony, and obtaining tickets from the Economics Undergraduate Program Coordinator. 

Be sure that you read all the emails regarding the Commencement that come from the Economics Department. If you apply to graduate and register for tickets by the appropriate deadlines (TBD), we guarantee that you will get at least 3 tickets (including one for yourself). If you are not in Ann Arbor to pick up your tickets, you can ask a friend to pick them up or we can mail them to you. 

The registration process and eligibility requirements are detailed on the Ticket Information page. 

What if I am an undergraduate and don’t apply for graduation until after March 10?

Unfortunately if you do not apply to graduate by this deadline you will be unable to participate in the Economics Commencement. Apologies. 

What if I graduated in December or will graduate in August?

The Commencement Ceremony is for students who are either graduating that April/May, will be graduating in the following August, or have graduated the previous December. 

Be sure that you read all the emails regarding the Commencement that come from the Economics Department. If you apply to graduate and register for tickets by the appropriate deadlines (TBD), we guarantee that you will get at least 3 tickets (including one for yourself). If you are not in Ann Arbor to pick up your tickets, you can ask a friend to pick them up or we can mail them to you. 

The registration process and eligibility requirements are detailed on the Ticket Information page. 

Do I need tickets for this event?

Yes. Tickets are required for both graduates and their guestsThose without a ticket will not be permitted to attend the ceremony!

The registration process and eligibility requirements are detailed on the Ticket Information page. 

Is there a limit on the number of guests I may bring?

In short, yes.

Each graduate is guaranteed* three (3) tickets for the ceremony: one for the graduate themself and two for guests. Graduates may get on a waitlist to request additional tickets, but these are not guaranteed. Please see the Ticket Information page for more details. 

*provided they meet eligibility requirements detailed on the Ticket Information page. 

How long is the program?

You should plan on the celebration program lasting between 1½ to 2 hours.

Is photography allowed?

Absolutely!

What does the program include?

The program begins with a Faculty and Graduate Processional, followed by a brief welcome and introduction to the Commencement Speaker. Following the Commencement Address, presentations begin of award recipients, Honors Candidates, and the Degree Candidates. At this time, each graduate will have their name announced as they walk across the stage to receive a congratulatory certificate. A photograph of each graduate will also be taken and available later (graduates, be sure to check your emails for more information about this!). The ceremony will conclude with a final farewell and Faculty Recessional. Graduates should be dressed in cap & gown for the event.

Please allow 1.5-2 hours for the event itself. Doors open half an hour before the start of the program and, as seats are unassigned, it is recommended to arrive early. Please note tickets are required for the event (please see Ticket Information for more details). Unfortunately we will be unable to accommodate those who arrive without a ticket. 

The venue does offer some seating for those with mobility limitations. Upon arrival, please seek out a staff member or usher for assistance. Please do try to come early so we can make our best effort to accommodate your needs.

What is the dress code?

Graduates participating in any U-M commencement must wear academic attire (i.e. cap & gown). Such attire can be purchased at the Michigan Bookstore on North Campus (734-668-6022), Ulrich’s Bookstore on South University (734-662-3201), or through Michiganensian Yearbook on Maynard St. (734-418-4115 x1247) Please contact the individual bookstores for specific information on graduation attire.

Note: LS&A undergraduate B.A. tassels should be white, B.S. should be gold; there is no specific color for Economics graduates. Those graduating with honors in Economics will be contacted about honors sashes/chords. Graduates are welcome to wear sashes, chords, tassels, etc., from their other programs or awards. 

 

How do I order my academic attire?

Academic attire may be ordered beginning in mid-March at all three bookstores listed below:

Please contact the individual bookstores for specific information on graduation attire.

Note: LS&A undergraduate B.A. tassels should be white, B.S. should be gold; there is no specific color for Economics graduates. Those graduating with honors in Economics will be contacted about honors sashes/chords. Graduates are welcome to wear sashes, chords, tassels, etc., from their other programs or awards. 

What color tassel do I order?

LSA BS graduates: gold
LSA BA graduates: white

Where can I get information about the University’s commencement?

Information about university-wide commencement exercises can be found here: http://www.umich.edu/~gradinfo