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2020 Commencement Ceremony

Date & Time: Thursday, April 30th, from 6-8pm

Location: Crisler Center

Speaker: TBD

Admission is free, no tickets required!

Please see below for more information about the ceremony and requirements for graduates. 

General Information:

Each spring, the Department of Economics holds a Commencement Ceremony for students who are either graduating that April/May, will be graduating in the following August, or have graduated the previous December. Historically, this event has been held the Friday before the University's larger Commencement, but please see above for the most current information about the next Economics Undergraduate Commencement. 

Prior to the ceremony, students must apply to graduate through Wolverine Access and obtain a major release from their Economics advisor either during an advising appointment or walk-in advising (MTh, 2-3pm in 238 Lorch). Students will receive emails about applying to graduate and obtaining major/minor releases and should make note of the deadlines listed therein. Please review the UM Commencement website's Graduate Checklist and the Newnan Advising Center's Graduation page to ensure you are on track for graduation (please note specific information about the larger University Commencement may not be applicable to our ceremony).

Well in advance of the ceremony, anticipated graduates will receive several emails specifically regarding the ceremony and eligibility to attend.

About the Ceremony:

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 (actual diplomas are mailed after a final audit by the Auditors Office). 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 (see below under "Academic Attire").

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. 

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.

Academic Attire:

Graduates participating in any U-M commencement must wear academic attire (i.e. cap & gown) which is not provided by the department. 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/cords. Graduates are welcome to wear sashes, cords, tassels, etc., from their other programs or awards.