Commencement

The 2016 Kinesiology Commencement Ceremony will be held on Thursday, April 28, at 4:30pm in Hill Auditorium.

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Wanted: Student Singer(S) and Speaker

  • We're looking for a graduating senior to speak for 2-3 minutes during Kinesiology Commencement on Thursday, April 28, 2016. Deadline: March 25, 2016. Speaker application form.
  • If you've dreamed of singing The Star-Spangled Banner in Hill Auditorium, we want to hear from you! The selected soloist or duo can come from any class level -- you don't have to be graduating. Deadline: March 25, 2016. Singer application form.
     

Commencement Speaker

 

We are pleased to announce that this year's Commencement speaker is Howard Zelaznik, Professor of Health and Kinesiology and Associate Vice President for Research at Purdue University. A graduate of Brooklyn Technical High School (1969), Zelaznik then graduated from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York (1974) with a B.S. in physical education. During his five years at BC, he captained the tennis team from 1971-1973 and started for the varsity for four years. After graduation, Zelaznik completed his M.S. degree at the University of Michigan (1975) and his Ph.D. at the University of Southern California (1978). His research has centered around theoretical issues in the movement speed-accuracy trade-off, movement timing, and motor learning. Zelaznik has published in many of the major journals of his field and in Science. He is a fellow in the Association for Psychological Science, American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Academy of Kinesiology. Zelaznik takes great pride in his high school soccer officiating and will bring his yellow and red cards to the graduation ceremony.
 

Eligibility


For the 2016 Kinesiology Commencement Ceremony, students who graduated in Fall 2015 or expect to graduate in Winter or Summer 2016 are eligible to participate. Undergraduate students expecting to graduate in Fall 2016 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 (April 18), but you must apply by March 14, 2016 in order to be included in both the University and Kinesiology Commencement programs.
  • Fill out the 2016 Kinesiology Commencement Ceremony Walk Form by April 1, 2016.
  • Fill out Call Photography's Check-In Form prior to Commencement.
  • A digital invitation to Kinesiology Commencement will be emailed to each graduate - please forward it to your family and friends.
  • If you or your guests have mobility or accessibility needs, please let us know by April 1, 2016.

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 (April 18), but you must apply by March 14, 2016 in order to be included in both the University and Kinesiology Commencement programs.
  • Fill out the 2016 Kinesiology Commencement Ceremony Walk Form by April 1, 2016.
  • Fill out Call Photography's Check-In Form prior to Commencement.
  • A digital invitation to Kinesiology Commencement will be emailed to each graduate - please forward it to your family and friends.
  • If you or your guests have mobility or accessibility needs, please let us know by April 1, 2016.
     

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
  • The hood can be purchased or rented at Barnes & Noble and at Ulrich's
     

Commencement Photographer


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 to the email address they provide within 24 hours of the ceremony. (You are under no obligation to purchase these photos.) Fill out the online form prior to the ceremony and get a coupon code for 10% off your order!
 

Day of Kinesiology Commencement


Timeline

3:30pm - 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

3:45pm - Doors open for guest seating in the auditorium

4:15pm - Graduates line up to begin the procession

4:30pm - Commencement begins promptly with procession of graduating students

6:15pm (approx.) - Reception in the Michigan League Ballroom (although there is no way to predict the exact end time of the ceremony, 6:15pm should be a reasonable approximation and most guests typically leave the reception by 7:30pm)
 

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 4:30pm.
  • 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 3:45pm.
  • No tickets are required and it is general seating.
  • Guests should be seated by 4:15pm 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 you or your guests have mobility or accessibility needs, please let us know by April 1.​ If your guest(s) have mobility limitations (wheelchair, walker, etc.), please plan to have them arrive 3:30pm 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. A Sign Language interpreter will sign the entire ceremony.
  • 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.
     

FAQs

  • Are tickets required? Tickets are not required for the Kinesiology ceremony. However, tickets are needed for the University ceremony at Michigan Stadium.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Where 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, April 30, at 10:00am. Tickets are required.
  • Where can I find more information on the Rackham Graduate School graduation ceremony at Hill Auditorium? More information can be found on the University's Spring Commencement website. The ceremony is scheduled for Friday, April 29, at 10:00am. Tickets are NOT required.
  • 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.