The 2015 Kinesiology Commencement Ceremony will be held on Thursday, April 30, at 7:00pm in Hill Auditorium.

Jessica BermanThe commencement speaker will be Kinesiology alumna Jessica C. Berman, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for the National Hockey League. Berman represents the League in contract negotiations, grievance arbitrations, salary arbitrations, and player disciplinary hearings, and also reviews and approves player contracts and trades on behalf of the League. In addition, she is responsible for League matters relating to player health and safety, playing equipment, NHL coaches, drug testing, employment policies, employee relations, human resources, benefits, insurance, litigation, lobbying, and immigration.

Berman graduated from Fordham University School of Law where she was the Editor-in-Chief of the Fordham Sports Law Forum and an Associate Editor of the Urban Law Journal. She graduated from the University of Michigan School of Kinesiology with an undergraduate degree in Sports Management and Communications with distinction. During her years in Ann Arbor, Berman worked as the Assistant Manager for the Men’s Ice Hockey team and the Men’s Football team through the Sports Information Department. In 2009 the University of Michigan School of Kinesiology awarded her the Early Career Achievement Award.


Eligibility
Before Graduation
  •  Undergraduate Student Checklist
  •  Graduate Student Checklist
  •  Academic Attire
  •  Commencement Photographer
Day of Kinesiology Commencement
  •  Timeline
  •  Instructions for Graduates
  •  Information for Families and Guests
 FAQs  

Eligibility

For the 2015 Kinesiology Commencement Ceremony, students who graduated in Fall 2014 or expect to graduate in Winter or Summer 2015 are eligible to participate. Undergraduate students expecting to graduate in Fall 2015 may also participate.

Eligibility requirements are different for the University-wide ceremony, and details can be found on the University Commencement website.


Before Graduation

Undergraduate Student Checklist

  • Apply for graduation in Wolverine Access. Under Student Business, click on “Apply to graduate.” The application is available until the last day of classes but you must apply by February 20, 2015 March 10, 2015 in order to be included in the University and Kinesiology Commencement programs.
  • Students participating in the Kinesiology Commencement Ceremony must fill out the online 2015 Kinesiology Commencement Ceremony Walk Form by April 3, 2015.
  • Digital invitations to Kinesiology Commencement will be emailed to each graduate.

Graduate Student Checklist

  • Complete an official degree audit with Charlene Ruloff (cruloff@umich.edu).
  • Apply for graduation in Wolverine Access. Under Student Business, click on “Apply to graduate.” The application is available until the last day of classes but you must apply by February 20, 2015 March 10, 2015 in order to be included in the University and Kinesiology Commencement programs.
  • Students participating in the Kinesiology Commencement Ceremony must fill out the online 2015 Kinesiology Commencement Ceremony Walk Form by April 3, 2015.
  • Digital invitations to Kinesiology Commencement will be emailed to each graduate.

Academic Attire

Academic attire is required for the University and Kinesiology ceremonies. You can purchase or rent your cap and gown at the following locations:

  • Barnes and Noble @ University of Michigan
    530 South State Street
    (734) 995-8877
  • Ulrich's Bookstore
    549 East University Avenue
    (734) 662-3201
  • Michiganensian Yearbook
    420 Maynard Street
    (734) 418-4115 x1247

Please note:

  • For the cap, the Kinesiology tassel color is Sage Green.
  • Doctoral attire is NOT available at the Michiganensian.
  • At Barnes & Noble and at Ulrich's, the hood can be purchased or rented.

Commencement Photographer

Graduates, please fill out Call Photography's check-in form prior to commencement. Call Photography is the official commencement photographer for the School of Kinesiology and will be taking multiple images of every student as they cross the stage. Call Photography will send each student an email link to view their images within 24 hours of the ceremony. Click here to access the form: http://tiny.cc/15-Kines-PhotoForm.

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Day of Kinesiology Commencement

Timeline

6:00pm Graduates arrive at Hill Auditorium (enter from EAST entrance off Ingalls Mall), proceed to the balcony level (third floor), visit the registration tables, and are directed to the processional staging area
6:15pm Doors open for guest seating in the auditorium
6:45pm Graduates line up to begin the procession
7:00pm Commencement begins promptly with procession of graduating students
8:45pm
(approx.)
Reception in the Michigan League Ballroom (although there is no way to predict the exact end time of the ceremony, 8:45pm should be a reasonable approximation and most guests typically leave the reception by 10:00pm)

Instructions for Graduates

  • Graduates should assemble in their academic attire, in the balcony level (third floor) of Hill Auditorium. Upon arriving at Hill please enter via the EAST entrance (Ingalls Mall entrance) and go directly to the registration tables in the balcony level (third floor) to pick up your name card and to complete a card for the photographer. You will hand these cards to the marshal on stage when receiving your recognition. From there you will be directed to the appropriate location to prepare for the processional line-up.
  • For the procession, graduates will line up by degree earned. In the auditorium, graduates will sit next to individuals of the same degree. Kinesiology staff will assist you in lining up for the procession and with seating. The procession into the auditorium will begin promptly at 7:00pm.
  • Hill Auditorium is full of activity on graduation day, and seating for graduates is tight. There is no safe place in the building to store or leave anything. Please leave any valuables, coats and purses, umbrellas, and other such items with your guests.
  • When you cross the stage to be recognized, you will want to have both hands free and be unencumbered by extra items. Out of courtesy to others and for your own safety, we ask that you not bring items with you to the ceremony.
  • We highly recommend that you wear shoes that are comfortable, supportive, and suitable for standing, walking, and climbing steps.

Information for Families and Guests

  • The doors open at Hill Auditorium at 6:15pm.
  • No tickets are required and it is general seating.
  • Guests should be seated by 6:45pm at the latest.
  • Guests are requested to remain seated throughout the program.
  • The University of Michigan wants to ensure that all graduates, candidates, and guests can participate fully in graduation. If your guest(s) have mobility limitations (wheelchair, walker, etc.), please plan to have them arrive 6:00pm so that they can be seated before we open the doors to the general public. By entering Hill Auditorium from the WEST entrance (off Thayer), you will be nearest the ramps into the auditorium. Ushers will be available to assist in locating wheelchair-accessible seating and restrooms for guests. Please call us at (734) 615-2186 if you have any questions regarding your guests' needs. A sign language interpreter will be present. All requests for special arrangements should be made by April 3, 2015.
  • All graduates, their families, and friends are invited to attend the School of Kinesiology reception immediately following the Commencement ceremony. The reception will be in the Ballroom on the second floor of the Michigan League – located directly across Ingalls Mall from Hill Auditorium. Staff will be available after the ceremony to direct you to the reception.

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FAQs

  1. Are tickets required? Tickets are not required for the Kinesiology ceremony. However, tickets are needed for the University ceremony at Michigan Stadium.
  2. Is there a photographer at graduation? Call Photography will take a photograph of each graduate as he or she is recognized on stage. A free color proof will be mailed to each graduate. There is no obligation to buy.
  3. Where can I park? Public parking will be available at the U-M structures. The closest structures to Hill Auditorium are on Fletcher and Thayer as shown on the downtown parking map. Please note that downtown will be extremely busy during the week of graduation and you should allow plenty of extra time to travel and find parking.
  4. How can I find more information on the University graduation ceremony at Michigan Stadium? More information can be found on the University's Spring Commencement website. The ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, May 2, at 10:00am. Tickets are required.
  5. When will I receive my diploma? The Registrar’s Office will mail diplomas to the graduate’s permanent address (or the diploma address if one has been created by the student in Wolverine Access) by the end of June.

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