May 4, 2014 Commencement Ceremony
The Spring 2014 commencement exercises will be held on Sunday, May 4, 2014 at the Perani Arena and Events Center, located at 3501 Lapeer Rd, Flint, MI 48503. The University will hold two commencement ceremonies, the first at 11:00 AM and the second at 3:00 PM. Holding two ceremonies will allow students a larger number of tickets for guests. Each ceremony is expected to last approximately two hours. (Click here for driving directions to Perani Arena)
11:00 AM Ceremony:
- Undergraduate and Graduate students from the College of Arts and Science
- Graduate students from the Rackham School of Graduate Studies
3:00 PM Ceremony:
- Undergraduate and Graduate students from the School of Management
- Undergraduate and Graduate students from the School of Health Professions and Studies
- Undergraduate and Graduate students from the School of Education and Human Services
All May 2014 graduates as well as August 2014 anticipated graduates may participate. Students planning to participate in this ceremony must register to participate by March 21, 2014 at 5:00 PM.
Each student who submits an RSVP to participate in the ceremony by the deadline of March 21st will receive a maximum of 8 tickets for family and friends. Graduating students who have registered for the ceremony can pick up their tickets in the Registrar’s Office between the following dates and time:
Monday, April 21st through Thursday, May 1st Regular business hours
Friday, May 2nd 8:00 AM until 4:00 PM FINAL DAY
If you are unable to come and pick up your tickets, please contact the Office of the Registrar at 810-762-3344 to make other arrangements.
If you or your guests require special accommodations due to physical limitations, please indicate this on the commencement registration form. You will be contacted to further discuss the details of your required accommodation, or you may contact the Accessibility Coordinator, Dr. Tamara McKay at firstname.lastname@example.org or 810-762-3456.
Grad Fair 2014
The Graduation Fair will be held in the University of Michigan-Flint Bookstore, March 26 and 27 from 10:00 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 the Graduation Fair:
- Purchase your cap and gown
- Order your Balfour class ring
- Order graduation announcements
- Purchase your diploma frame
- Join the UM-Flint Alumni Association
Cap and Gown
All degree candidates who participate in the commencement ceremony must wear appropriate academic attire. Caps and gowns are available for purchase at the 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 Degree||$89.96 per package (cap, gown, tassel, hood)|
|Doctoral||$164.92 per package (tam, velvet gown, hood)|
|Tassel key chain||$4.98|
|Souvenir Jumbo Tassel (Maize and Blue)||$6.98|
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. (Double check this link)
COMMENCEMENT DAY INSTRUCTIONS
The Perani Arena and Event Center is located at 3501 Lapeer Road, Flint, MI 48503. Parking is available for $5.00 per vehicle in the surface lots surrounding the arena. One free parking pass will be given to all pre-registered participants when they pick up their tickets. Any additional vehicles in a graduate’s guest party will be required to pay Perani $5.00 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 parking spaces.
Assembly for Graduates
CHECK-IN: Graduates participating in the ceremony should report immediately upon arrival to the lower level of Perani Arena. There will be registration tables to assist you.
11:00 AM ceremony: Check in will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 am. You must check in before 10:30 AM.
3:00 PM ceremony: Check in will be held from 1:30 to 2:30 pm. You must check in before 2:30 PM.
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.
There is no secure storage in the Perani Arena. Personal belongings (coats, 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.
To help save your special moment, Graduation Foto will be taking pictures at the ceremony. You can visit their website at www.Graduationfoto.com for more information.
Seating Chart for Graduates
Click here (/sites/default/files/imported/registrar/documents/SeatingChart.pdf) to see where graduates will be seated during the ceremony. Family and friends may use this chart to help plan for seating arrangements near their graduate.
Families and Guests
Guests must be seated 15 minutes before the start of the ceremony. Guests arriving late 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.
- You will receive one diploma cover at the ceremony. Your actual diploma will be mailed 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
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) (http://umflint.edu/), on the M-Formation line at 810-767-1863, and on local television stations.