December 2017 Commencement & RSVP

As an August 2017 or December 2017 tentative graduate, we invite you to participate in the December 2017 Commencement being held at Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center, Sunday, December 17, 2017. The University will hold the ceremony at 2:30 PM.  The ceremony is expected to last approximately 2 hours.  If you wish to celebrate your graduation from the University of Michigan-Flint by walking in our Commencement Ceremony, there are things you must do to prepare for Commencement Day.  Tickets are not required for family and friends, but seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

RSVP to attend  the Commencement Ceremony by logging into your SIS account and selecting Student Services-Graduation-RSVP to Attend Ceremony.  Deadline to RSVP is Thursday, November 16th by midnight.  This step is a MUST!  This allows a card to be prepared with your name on it to be read as you cross the stage to receive your diploma. 

RSVP for  Commencement and applying to graduate are TWO SEPARATE PROCESSES.  You have to apply to graduate before you can RSVP to walk in the ceremony. To apply  to graduate, please log into your SIS account, before the deadline and complete your graduation application. THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT STEP.

Students completing a Certificate only are not allowed to participate in Commencement.

Special Accommodations:
If you require special accomodations due to physical limitations in order to participate in the Commencement Ceremony, or a family member needs special accomodations, please contact the Disabilities Support Coordinator, Tracy Falardeau-Curtright, directly at 810-762-3081, or by email at

Grad Fair 2017:
Visit the UM-Flint Bookstore to purchase your cap, gown, invitations and other commencement memorabilia. The Grad Fair will be held on November 7th & 8th from 11:00 Am to 6:00 PM at the UM-Flint bookstore. The UM-Flint Bookstore holds a Grad Fair to allow students to purchase cap, gown, invitations, pictures, and other commencement memorabilia.  Please contact the bookstore for more information 810-762-3030.

Graduation Regalia:

Bachelor Unit:  
Cap, gold tassel, bachelor gown-$51.50
Master Unit:
Cap, tassel, master gown, hood-$91.55
Specialist Unit:
Cap, tassel, master gown, specialist hood-$95.50
Doctoral Unit: 
Tam, black tassel, doctoral gown, hood-$161.50

Individual Pieces:

Master cap, gown, tassel (no hood)-$55.98​
Bachelor gown alone-$37.98
Master gown alone-$41.98
Doctoral gown alone-$49.50
Adjustable cap-$8.00
Master hood-$39.00
Specialist hood-$43.98
Doctoral hood-$50.98
​Single tassel-$6.98
Souvenir jumbo tassel-maize & blue-$8.50

Keychain tassel-$6.98
Diploma cover-$16.98
Doctoral diploma cover-$21.98
             DIPLOMA FRAMES SHIP FOR $22.00
     (Next day additional $10.00, 2nd day additional $5.00)

Ceremony Instructions:  
Graduates check-in at the registration tables, by your last name, located on the lower level.  You will also be asked to visit the alumni table, and the photographer's area.

One parking pass will be issued to each graduate.  Additional vehicles will be charged $5 by the Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center.

If you were unable to attend your school's honor celebration, you may pick up your honor cords at registration tables.

Please ask family and friends to hold personal belongings before reporting to the registration area.  Graduates are not allowed to have anything in their hands during the march.  The university will not be responsible for any lost/stolen items.

The ceremony takes place on a covered ice arena.  Please wear warm clothing and footwear.

The cap is a central part of the academic dress and should be worn throughout the ceremony.  Men should remove their cap when the National Anthem is played.

Please remember to take your name card with you, when approaching the stage.  The Marshal will read your name from this card.

You must be at your assigned place in line no later than one half hour before the start time, and remain in line.

Graduates are expected to remain for the entire ceremony.

Alcoholic beverages, beachballs, balloons, etc are not allowed, and will be immediately confiscated.

If the ceremony must be postponed due to inclement weather, the cancellation will be posted on the University of Michigan-Flint homepage, Facebook, local television stations, and radio stations.  

Attention Master and Doctorate level students:  The official Hooding Ceremony of graduate students takes place during the Commencement Ceremony.  Hoods serve to communicate the graduate's school, degree and field of study through their length and the colors of the lining and binding.  You must purchase the hood at the UM-Flint Bookstore before Commencement as to assure you have a hood for the ceremony.

​We hope to see you at the Commencement Ceremony on December 17, 2017.  Go Blue!

Steps to Graduation

Graduation Application Deadlines: 
May 2018 Graduates:  December 31, 2017
August 2018 Graduates:  February 28, 2018
December 2018 Graduates:  August 31, 2018

1. Submit a Graduation Application:  Log into SIS on or before the posted deadline. Undergraduate students should submit an application upon reaching 90 completed hours with at least 20 credits at UM-Flint.  Graduate students should submit an application upon reaching 18 completed credit hours. Submitting the application on or before the posted deadline assures a student’s inclusion in the commencement program booklet, commencement emails, official university graduation publications, Maize and Blue consideration, and honors recognition.  See instructions for Online Graduation Application.

2. Run a degree evaluation through your SIS account.  Print the evaluation and make an appointment with your advisor.  We STRONGLY recommend students review their progress on a regular basis with their advisor.

3. Complete the First Destination Survey.  This survey is administered to all graduates from the University and information obtained adds measurable value to the University. For questions regarding the survey contact the Career Center.

NOTE:  Any changes to the original application must be communicated to the Registrar’s Office via a Graduation Update Form. Log into SIS to make your changes. Failure to inform the Registrar’s Office of changes to the original application may result in delayed graduation plans.  If a student does not complete degree requirements the semester s/he declared on the graduation application, the graduation application becomes inactive.  To reactivate the application, you will need to reapply for graduation through your SIS account. 

Ceremony Information

Approximately two months prior to the ceremony, you will receive an invitation through your UM-Flint email account.  This email will give you instructions on how to RSVP for the ceremony.  Watch your UM-Flint email for information on the ceremony date, time and purchasing cap and gown.  It is IMPERATIVE students RSVP if they wish to participate in the commencement ceremony.

The University of Michigan-Flint holds one ceremony in MAY and one in DECEMBER.  August graduates are invited to attend either ceremony, but can only be recognized as graduating with honors at the December ceremony.  

Graduates are eligible to attend only ONE commencement ceremony per degree earned at the University of Michigan-Flint

Students completing a Certificate only are not allowed to participate in Commencement. 



A University of Michigan – Flint academic transcript is the most official document a graduate can offer as proof of a degree. Every graduate will receive a complimentary transcript with his/her newly acquired degree posted at the top. The complimentary transcript will be mailed to graduates’ homes four to five weeks after the last day of exams.

Please note that tuition, fees, and all financial obligations must be paid in full before an official transcript can be issued.

If you have questions about transcripts, please contact our Transcript Clerk at (810) 766-6782 or

Graduation Honors

Undergraduate students must have a 3.5 overall GPA at the beginning of their last semester to be recognized as graduating with Honors at the commencement ceremony. Students with at least a 3.75 overall GPA are recognized as graduating with High Honors.

At commencement, honors graduates wear gold honor cords and have their honor notation by their names in the commencement program. August graduates are only eligible to walk with honors at the December ceremony after they graduate. Graduate level students receive a ceremonial hood during the ceremony.

Honor cords are awarded to honor students at their schools' Honors Convocation Ceremony or Graduation Celebration Party. These functions are usually held the week before commencement. Invitations to these ceremonies are sent out to students through the various Deans' Offices. If a student is unable to attend the honors ceremony, honor cords can also be obtained by eligible students at the Registrar's tables the day of commencement.

For all other departmental awards or fraternity/sorority awards, please contact your department.  These awards will not be handed out at the Commencement.

If you have any questions about the Honors Convocation Ceremony or Graduation Celebration Party, please contact your Dean's Office.

Maize & Blue:

The Maize & Blue award is the University’s highest undergraduate award and is presented to no more than thirteen graduates at the May and December Commencement Ceremonies. Maize & Blue Award winners are presented a plaque at the Commencement Ceremony and the award is noted on their official transcripts and diplomas. The Commencement student speaker is chosen from the group of Maize & Blue Award winners.  August graduates are eligible for the award only after finishing their degree requirements.   

Students who have earned at least 58 credit hours at the University of Michigan-Flint (including the current semester), with an overall GPA of 3.75 or better in all completed credits earned at the University of Michigan-Flint, are eligible to be nominated for the Maize and Blue Award. This GPA requirement constitutes a "firm" or minimum criterion. Once the list of eligible students is determined, the academic departments are asked for nominations from that list. Nominations are submitted to the Scholarships, Awards, and Special Events Committee, and the Committee elects the award winners from the students who were nominated.

If you have questions regarding the Maize & Blue Award, please contact the Provost’s Office at (810) 762-3177.

Master and Doctorate Level:

The official Hooding Ceremony of graduate students at the University of Michigan-Flint takes place during commencement. This process adds to the graduation experience by making it possible to focus on advanced degree candidates and their accomplishments. It allows graduate faculty and staff, family and friends a chance to witness the ceremonial hooding of the graduate student, recognizing the completion of their graduate studies during commencement. Hoods are essentially the most expressive component of the academic regalia. They serve to communicate the graduate's school, degree and field of study through their length and the colors of the lining and binding.