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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 2021 Psychology Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony will be held virtually on Friday, April 30, 2021 at 3:30pm at this link. Note - the ceremony website will not display graduation content until the scheduled ceremony start time.

Commencement Ceremony Details

What will the virtual ceremony be like?

The ceremony video will be streamed in its entirety beginning at 3:30pm on Friday, 4/30, and will be available for on-demand playback afterwards. We plan to recognize each individual graduate by calling their name, as well as as honor our thesis students and award recipients. 

All graduates who applied for graduation by 5pm on 4/9/21 will be included in the ceremony video (name & degree). Submission of additional content (photo, video, etc.) is optional - but strongly encouraged! Graduates were contacted on 4/1/21 regarding how to submit content directly to our production vendor, StageClip. If you have not yet been contacted, see the section below, "Attendance- Can I participate?".

At a minimum, graduates should visit the StageClip submission page (through the email sent on 4/1/21) to ensure correct pronunciation of your name. You can preview how your name will be read out loud and correct any inaccuracies by adjusting the phonetic spelling of your name through the StageClip website. All content submitted will be reviewed before the ceremony, including name pronunciation. 

Content, including correct name pronunciation, is due by 11:55pm ET on Sunday, April 11 - no exceptions! 

Attendance - Can I participate?

Undergraduates who have or will complete all requirements at the end of Fall 2020, Winter 2021, or Summer 2021 terms are invited to participate in the Department of Psychology ceremony.

Students who applied for graduation by 5pm on 4/9/21 have been emailed regarding how to submit content for the Psychology Virtual Commencement Ceremony, regardless of whether they RSVP'd to participate. The email is from LSA Psychology (psych.saa@umich.edu) with the subject "Invitation - Participate in your celebration ceremony!". If you did not receive it, please check your spam folder.

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

Attire

Purchasing a cap and gown is optional. Some graduates may wish to purchase academic attire to take photos in, or as a keepsake.  If you purchase a cap, your tassel should be worn on the right side.

Academic regalia can be purchased at:

  • 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 21, 2021. 

Tickets

No tickets are required for this online ceremony. There is no limit to the number of guests allowed to stream the event. 

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