Graduation Application Dates

April, August and December 2020 graduates will be invited to the April 2021 Commencement Ceremony. Additional details on the graduation celebration will be released in the coming months.
Apply to graduate & be eligible for Maize & Blue


Apply to graduate & be listed in 
Commencement Program


April 2021
12/31/2019 TBA
Final deadline to apply to graduate (confer degree) in April 2021
RSVP for April Commencement Opens
RSVP for April Commencement Closes
August 2020 (No Ceremony)
August graduates may choose to walk in April ceremony
Apply to graduate & be eligible
for April Maize & Blue

Final deadline to apply to graduate (confer degree) in August 2020
RSVP for April Commencement Opens RSVP for April Commencement Closes
8/15/2020 TBA TBA
December 2020
(Tentatively rescheduled for April 2021)
8/31/2020 TBA
Final deadline to apply to graduate (confer degree) in December 2020
RSVP for December Commencement Opens RSVP for December Commencement Closes
12/19/2020 TBA



Steps to Graduation

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 at 810.424.5450.

You can find the survey at:

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.  

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

Commencement Honor Cords:
University of Michigan-Flint undergraduate students may walk in commencement ceremonies with honor cords if they applied to graduate and have a 3.5 overall GPA. Courses in progress are excluded from GPA calculations. Eligible students completing their degrees in August may choose to participate in either the April or the December ceremony.

Honors are officially posted to the transcript and diploma based on the GPA calulation following the final audit and degree conferral. Walking with honor cords at commencement does not guarantee honors will be posted to the transcript and diploma. 

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.