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Graduation Preparation

Things to do Before Graduation

1. Complete your Major Release

You can complete a Major Release online if you are a declared Psych or BCN major. Please use the comments section on the form if you have any questions for an advisor. You will recieve a copy of your major release 7-10 business days after submitting the form.

**Note for Dual Majors/Minors** If you are a dual-major or if you also have a declared minor or supplemental studies plan, a release must be completed for each. You should consult each department to learn how they handle this process.

2. Apply for Graduation

“Apply to Graduate” online through your Student Business Account in Wolverine Access (Student Business > Student Center > Apply for Graduation).

Next Steps...

After you have completed the steps noted above, in 3–5 weeks, the LSA Auditors will send a final audit of all your college, LSA, major and minor requirements to your umich.edu email account.

For more information regarding graduation, please read the Graduation Process Information PDF.

**Note for those Studying Abroad** If you plan to be abroad during your final year, it is strongly suggested that you take care of your Major Release prior to leaving the country.

Psychology Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony

The 2022 Psychology Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony will be held at Crisler Center at 10am on Friday, April 29, 2022. More details, including an RSVP form for graduating seniors, will be available here during the Winter 2022 semester.

Commencement Ceremony Details

Attendance - Can I participate?

Undergraduates who have or will complete all requirements at the end of Fall 2021, Winter 2022, or Summer 2022 terms are invited to participate in the Department of Psychology ceremony.

All students eligible for graduation during these terms will be listed in the Psychology Commencement Program. To be listed in the University Commencement Program, students must apply for graduation by the date listed on Newnan's website here.

You may also want to review information about the University Commencement Ceremony

Attire

Graduates must wear their cap and gown. Your tassel should be worn on the right side.

You may be standing until the ceremony begins (up to an hour) and walking down a long flight of stairs; please plan shoes accordingly.

Academic regalia can be purchased at:

  • The Regalia Fair, organized by Herff Jones, on March 8, 2022 from 10am-4pm in the East Hall Psych Atrium. 
  • University bookstores
  • Various online vendors

Psychology Tassel (Grey)

BCN Tassel (Cool/Light Grey)

Cords

Graduates who are part of the LSA Honors College will be given Honors cords at the Honors Commencement Ceremony. Genuine Honors cords cannot be purchased in the bookstores or online. Find out more about the Honors Commencement here.

The Ginsberg Center offers service cords for students who -- through voluntary service, activism and advocacy, or other forms of civic engagement -- helped address or make positive change around a specific social issue in partnership with economically or socially marginalized communities beyond campus. Find out more about service cords here.

The maize cords at the bookstores are for graduates who earn Distinction/High Distinction/Highest Distinction.  Degrees ‘with distinction’ are awarded on the basis of rank in class.  

  • Students who have completed at least 58 credits in residence, at least 45 of which are “graded” (A+ to D-), and rank in the top 3% of their class are recommended for a degree “with Highest Distinction.”  
  • Students who rank in the top 10% of their class, but not in the top 3%, are recommended for a degree “with High Distinction.”  
  • Students who rank in the top 25% of their class, but not in the top 10%, are recommended for a degree “with Distinction.”  

A notation is made on the diploma and the transcript.  The GPA ranges for the distinction notations are determined each May, based on the cumulative GPAs of LSA graduates of that May degree period.  Those same numbers are used for the August and December degree periods of that calendar year. Distinction ranges will not be calculated until all grades are posted for all graduates for the Winter term.  This means you will not officially know at the time you participate in commencement activities.  

How do you know whether or not you should buy maize distinction cords they sell at the bookstores? A best estimate reflects general ranges from the past:

  • Highest Distinction: 3.940-4.000
  • High Distinction: 3.847-3.939
  • Distinction: 3.686-3.846

Diploma

Make sure that your permanent address in Wolverine Access is up to date, as that is where the Registrar's Office will send your diploma. This happens about 8 weeks after graduation.

Send us Your T-Shirt Photos!

Send us photos of you and your friends wearing your Psychology/BCN tshirt and we may feature them in our ceremony video, on our website, or in newsletters. Pictures can be sent via email to psych.tshirts@umich.edu by April 15, 2022. 

Tickets

No tickets are required for guests. There is no limit to the number of guests allowed.

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