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Graduation and Commencement
Steps to Graduation
1. Submit a graduation application on or before the posted deadline below. Undergraduate students should submit an application upon reaching upper senior status (100 completed hours with at least 20 credits at UM-Flint). Graduate students should submit an application two semesters before completing their program. Submitting the application on or before the posted deadline assures a student's inclusion in the commencement program booklet, commencement mailing, official University graduation publications, Maize and Blue consideration, and honors recognition.
2. Run a degree evaluation (CAPP) through the SIS system. Print the evaluation and make an appointment with your advisor. We STRONGLY recommend students review their progress on a regular basis with their advisor. Instructions for running a Degree Evaluation (CAPP)
3. Confirm that course substitution or waiver memos have been sent to the Registrar's Office.
4. RSVP to the Commencement invitation that will be sent by email approximately three months before the ceremony. The RSVP will be an on-line form that must be completed to attend the ceremony. Watch your UM-Flint email for information on the ceremony date, time, graduation honors and purchasing cap & gown.
NOTE: Any changes to the original application must be communicated to the Registrar's Office via a Graduation Update form. 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, fill out the Graduation Update form.
The University of Michigan - Flint holds two commencement ceremonies each year in May and December. August graduates are invited to attend either ceremony, but can only be recognized as graduating with honors at the December ceremony. Approximately eight weeks into the Fall and Winter semesters, the Registrar's Office emails commencement invitations and registration directions to all students who have turned in graduation applications for that semester. Registration for commencement participation is via an electronic registration form. Students will use their UMID to log into the form. It is imperative students complete the online registration if they wish to participate in the commencement ceremony.
General Commencement Information
Tickets and parking passes will be handed out prior to ceremony. Tickets will be available only for those students who register to attend the ceremony. Students will need a valid student I.D. to pick up the tickets. The tickets are general admission tickets, and guests will be able to sit anywhere in the arena.
Graduates are eligible to attend only one commencement ceremony per degree earned at the University of Michigan - Flint.
December 2013 Commencement Ceremony
The December 2013 Commencement Exercises will be held on Sunday, December 15, 2013 at the Perani Arena and Events Center, located at 3501 Lapeer Road, Flint, MI 48503. The ceremony will begin at 2:30 p.m. and is expected to last approximately 2½ hours. (Click here for driving directions to Perani Arena)
All August 2013 graduates and December 2013 anticipated graduates are invited. Students planning to participate in this ceremony must RSVP to participate by November 22nd.
Each student who submits an RSVP to participate in the ceremony by the deadline of November 22nd, 2013 will receive ten (10) tickets for family and friends. Tickets may be picked up at the Registrar’s Office beginning December 2nd through December 13th between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. You must show a valid student I.D. in order to receive tickets, and your name MUST be on the list of pre-registered students. The tickets are general admission tickets, and guests will be able to sit anywhere in the arena.
If you require special accommodations due to physical limitations, please indicate this on the registration form. You will be contacted to further discuss the details of your required accommodation, or you may contact the Accessibility Coordinator, Tamara McKay, directly at (810) 762-3456 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grad Fair 2013
The Graduation Fair will be held in the University of Michigan-Flint Bookstore, Tuesday, November 12th from 11:00 am - 6:00 pm and Wednesday, November 13th from 11:00 am - 6:00 pm. The Bookstore is located on the first floor of the University Pavilion (106 UPAV). You may contact the Bookstore at (810) 762-3030.
Highlights of Graduation Fair
Purchase your cap and gown
Order your Balfour class ring
Order graduation announcements
Purchase your diploma frame
Join the UM-F Alumni Association
Cap and Gown
All degree candidates who participate in commencement must wear appropriate academic attire. Caps and gowns are available for purchase at University Pavilion Bookstore any business day prior to the Ceremony.
Bachelors $47.98 per package (cap, gown, tassel)
Masters $86.96 per package (cap, gown, tassel, hood)
Specialist unit $89.96 per package (cap, gown, tassel and hood)
$164.94 per package (tam, velvet-trimmed gown, tassel, hood)
Additional Tassels $5.98 each
Souvenier Jumbo Tassel $6.98 each
Keychain Tassel $4.98 each
OSFA Cap $12.98 each
To avoid any difficulty obtaining your correct size in cap and gown, attire should be picked up from the Bookstore as soon as possible. For more information, go to http://umflint.bkstore.com/bkstore/content.
COMMENCEMENT DAY INSTRUCTIONS
The Perani Arena and Event Center is located at 3501 Lapeer Road, Flint, MI, 48503. Parking is available for a fee per vehicle in the surface lots surrounding Perani Arena. One free parking pass will be given to all pre-registered participants when you pick up the commencement tickets. Any additional vehicles in a graduate's guest party will be required to pay the Perani parking fee at the gate. (Lost, misplaced or stolen passes will not be replaced.)
Please note that traffic backups are common in the hour before the ceremony. We recommend that graduates and guests arrive early. Carpooling is strongly recommended due to limited spaces.
Assembly for Graduates
CHECK-IN: Check-in will be held from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 15, 2013. Graduates participating in the ceremony should report to the lower level of Perani Arena no later than 1:30 p.m. When you arrive, please report to the check-in tables provided by the Registrar's Office. The ceremony begins promptly at 2:30 p.m.
Only graduates and authorized personnel are allowed in the lower level of the Arena. Please make arrangements with family and friends to meet in a designated area after the ceremony.
Personal belongings (purses, backpacks, etc) are not appropriate with ceremonial dress. Please make arrangements for storing personal items with family or friends before reporting to the registration area because there is no secure storage in the Perani Arena.
Upon check-in each graduate will receive a name card. If necessary, please indicate the phonetic pronunciation of your name to assist the Marshal. Your card contains a number that indicates your place in the line of march. You must line up according to this number. The line of march must be organized and orderly to facilitate the timely beginning of the ceremony.
Graduate Foto will take pictures of graduates walking on stage during the ceremony. They will also be available to take portraits in the registration area before the ceremony. Proofs of the photographs will be sent to graduates via their University email account after the ceremony. Graduate Foto may be contacted at 1.800.482.0321 or http://www.graduationfoto.com.
Commencement Seating Chart
Seating Chart for Graduates
Families and Guests
Guests must be seated 15 minutes before the start of ceremony. Guests arriving after 1:45 pm may experience traffic delays and limited parking options.
Personnel will be available to direct and assist people with disabilities. Sign language interpreters will be present for those with hearing impairments.
Graduates should make arrangements for family and friends to meet in a designated area after the ceremony.
You will receive one diploma cover at the ceremony. Your actual diploma will be mailed to the current address we have on file at a later date.
Graduates and guests are expected to remain for the entire ceremony.
Alcoholic beverages, beach balls, balloons, etc. are not allowed and will be immediately confiscated.
Please turn off all cell phones and pagers prior to the ceremony.
A photo area will be available during the ceremony.
If the Ceremony must be postponed due to inclement weather, the cancellation will be posted on the University of Michigan-Flint homepage (www.umflint.edu), on the M-Formation line at (810) 767-1863, and on local television stations.
Diploma covers are distributed to graduates at the Commencement ceremony. Graduates should expect to receive their actual diplomas in the mail about eight to ten weeks after the day of Commencement. Diplomas are mailed to graduates address on file.
Please note that tuition, fees, and all financial obligations must be paid in full before a diploma can be issued.
University of Michigan diplomas do not list majors or minors, only degree name (e.g. Bachelor of Arts). Academic honors, Maize & Blue Award, and Honors Scholar Program are listed on the diploma under the degree name.
If you have any questions about diplomas, please contact Brenda Pope at (810) 766-6835 or email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Dean's 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.
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 the December after they finish degree requirements.
Students who have a 3.75 overall GPA in their last 58 credit hours at the beginning of their last semester are eligible to be nominated for the award. 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.