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If you are a first-semester senior (or two semesters away from degree completion) it is time to initiate graduation procedures to ensure you complete all requirements by your intended graduation date.

See below for a complete overview of administrative procedures required for your graduation and the Sociology Graduation Ceremony.



Check out the 2018-2019 Graduation Guide:
A printable guide to graduation procedures including FAQs.

Graduation Procedures

Major/Minor Release(s): A major/minor release appointment is a meeting with the sociology advisor to review your progress. A release is required for each LSA major and minor you have declared. Ideally, your release appointment should be scheduled the term prior to graduation (prior to registration for your final term). Make an appointment now!

Applying for Graduation

You also need to apply for graduation. To apply for graduation go to Wolverine Access-->Student Center-->My Academics-->Apply for Graduation and follow the prompts. If you experience difficulty in the online application process, or if you need to change your date of graduation, email the auditors at

You must apply for graduation before stated deadlines in order for your name to appear in the University Commencement program. If you are planning to graduate in December, you must apply by October 15 to assure your name will appear in the program. If you are planning a May or August graduation date the deadline is February 15. You can still graduate if you apply after these deadlines but your name will not appear in the program.

The Official Degree Audit

Your Official Degree Audit will be triggered upon submission of all releases and your application to graduate. You do not need to meet with an LSA advisor; it is initiated automatically. The LSA auditors audit your LSA and distribution requirements, total credits, GPA, and rely on the releases to audit major/minor requirements. You will receive your Official Degree Audit via your Umich email.  The email you receive is an official University document—read it carefully. Direct any questions to a general LSA advisor.   

Your official degree audit should be complete before you register for your final semester. This way, you know exactly what the requirements are left to fulfil before a degree is conferred and you still have time to make any necessary schedule changes.

Sociology Graduation Reception

The Department of Sociology recognizes the importance of graduating from college in the lives of students and families. Each spring, the department hosts a reception for graduating Sociology majors. The reception is historically in an on-campus building on the afternoon before University Commencement. Graduating seniors (including December graduates from the previous calendar year) will receive detailed information about the event in the winter term.


The 2018-2019 Sociology Graduation Reception
Friday, May 3rd 
1:00pm-2:30pm (scheduled 45-minute ceremony starts at 1:30pm prompt)
Mendelssohn Theatre