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The 2014 Kinesiology graduation ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 1st at 7 p.m. in Hill Auditorium

It is with great pleasure that we announce that the 2014 Kinesiology Commencement guest speaker will be Steven N. Blair, one of the most highly cited exercise scientists, and author of Physical Activity and Health. Learn more about Dr. Blair.

Before Graduation
  •  Undergraduate Student Checklist
  •  Graduate Student Checklist
  •  Academic Attire
Day of Kinesiology Commencement
  •  Timeline
  •  Instructions for Graduates
  •  Information for Families and Guests
 2014 Guest Speaker: Dr. Steven N. Blair  


For the May 2014 Kinesiology ceremony, students who graduated in Fall 2013 or expect to graduate Winter or Summer 2014 are eligible to participate. Undergraduate students expecting to graduate Fall 2014 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 on 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 26, 2014 in order to be included in the University and Kinesiology Commencement programs.
  • Students participating in the Kinesiology Commencement ceremony must fill out a 2013-14 Commencement Confirmation Form and return it to the Office of Student Services in 1128 OBL.
  • Invitations will be:
    • emailed to graduating seniors at their umich addresses; and
    • mailed to parents, using the permanent address in Wolverine Access.

Graduate Student Checklist

  • Complete an official degree audit with Charlene Ruloff (
  • Apply for graduation in Wolverine Access. Under Student Business, click “Apply to graduate”. The application is available until the last day of classes but you must apply by February 26, 2014 in order to be included in the University and Kinesiology Commencement programs.
  • Request a confirmation form for participating in the ceremony by emailing Charlene Ruloff (
  • Invitations to Kinesiology Commencement will be mailed to each graduate's current address, as it appears in Wolverine Access.

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.

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Day of Kinesiology Commencment


6:00pm All graduates check-in, Michigan League Ballroom
6:15pm Doors open, Hill Auditorium
6:15-6:45pm Families and guests take their seats in Hill Auditorium
7:00pm Commencement ceremony starts
8:45pm (approx.) Reception in the Michigan League Ballroom

Instructions for Graduates

  • All graduates, in their academic attire, must check-in at the Michigan League Ballroom (2nd floor) by 6:00pm. Leave all bags and purses with family.
  • Register at a table (organized by major for undergrads) and:
    • collect name card
    • complete card for the photographer
    • take both cards to the ceremony
  • Graduates will be asked to line up: Ph.D. students first; followed by Masters students; then undergraduate students, by major.
  • At 6:45pm the marshals (faculty members) will lead the procession across Ingalls Mall to Hill Auditorium.
  • Approaching the stage, hand off:
    • the photographer’s card while waiting to cross the stage;
    • the name card to the announcer on-stage.

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 and guests can participate fully in graduation:
    • Ushers will be available to assist in locating wheelchair-accessible seating and restrooms for guests. Please call the Office of Student Services at 734-764-4472 to make arrangements for special needs.
    • A sign language interpreter will be present.
    • All requests for special arrangements should be made by March 31, 2014.
  • 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 2nd floor of the Michigan League. (same place as check-in).

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Guest Speaker: Steven N. Blair

Steven N. Blair is Professor in the Departments of Exercise Science and Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina. Dr. Blair is a Fellow in the American College of Epidemiology, Society for Behavioral Medicine, American College of Sports Medicine, American Heart Association, and American Kinesiology Academy; and was elected to membership in the American Epidemiological Society.

Dr. Blair is a past-president of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity, and the American Kinesiology Academy. Dr. Blair is the recipient of three honorary doctoral degrees--Doctor Honoris Causa degree from the Free University of Brussels, Belgium; Doctor of Health Science degree from Lander University, U.S.; and Doctor of Science Honoris Causa, University of Bristol, UK. He has received awards from many professional associations, including a MERIT Award from the National Institutes of Health, ACSM Honor Award, Population Science Award from the American Heart Association, and is one of the few individuals outside the U.S. Public Health Service to be awarded the Surgeon General's Medallion. He has delivered lectures to medical, scientific, and lay groups in 48 states and 50 countries. His research focuses on the associations between lifestyle and health, with a specific emphasis on exercise, physical fitness, body composition, and chronic disease. He has published more than 620 papers and chapters in the scientific literature, and is one of the most highly cited exercise scientists with over 38,000 citations to his body of work, and an h-Index of 91. He was the Senior Scientific Editor for the U.S. Surgeon General's Report on Physical Activity and Health.

  •  Blair CV

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  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 3 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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