Commencement

The School of Kinesiology 2019 Spring Commencement Ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 2, at 4:30pm in Hill Auditorium.

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Commencement Speaker


Our 2019 Spring Commencement speaker will be announced at a later date.
 

Eligibility


For the Kinesiology 2019 Spring Commencement Ceremony,

  • Undergraduate students who graduated in Fall 2018 or expect to graduate in Winter, Summer, or Fall 2019 are eligible to participate. 
  • Graduate students who graduated in Fall 2018 or expect to graduate by the end of Summer 2019 are eligible to participate.

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

PRE-COMMENCEMENT 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 23), but you must apply by March 1, 2019, in order to be included in both the University and Kinesiology Commencement programs.
  • Fill out the 2019 Kinesiology Commencement Ceremony Walk Form by April 1, 2019.
  • Fill out the Call Photography Check-In Form prior to Commencement. (Form coming soon.)
  • 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, 2019.
  • Buy or rent your academic attire (see below).
     

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:

Please note:

  • The Kinesiology tassel and hood color is sage green
  • Doctoral attire is NOT available at the Michiganensian
  • Hoods can be purchased or rented at Barnes & Noble and Ulrich's

Cords:

The cords available at the bookstores are cords for distinction (GPA) and for the various honors societies and service organizations. There is no limit to the number of cords you may wear when you graduate, so feel free to purchase the cords you have earned along the way.

The maize cords at the bookstores are for undergraduates who earn Distinction/High Distinction/Highest Distinction. The GPA ranges for the distinction notations are determined each May, based on the cumulative GPAs of Kinesiology graduates of that May degree period. Those same numbers are used for the August and December degree periods of that calendar year.

Distinction ranges will not be calculated until all grades are posted for all graduates for the Winter term. This means you will not officially know at the time you participate in commencement activities. How do you know whether or not you should buy maize distinction cords they sell at the bookstores? A best estimate reflects general ranges from the past:

  • Highest Distinction: 3.940-4.000
  • High Distinction: 3.847-3.939
  • Distinction: 3.686-3.846
     

PhotographY


Fill out the Call Photography Check-In Form prior to Commencement. (Form coming soon.) Call Photography will take multiple pictures of you as you cross the stage, and then email you a free color proof of your photos. There is no obligation to buy. 

Additionally, there will be a professional photographer taking candid shots of the ceremony; these photos will be available for free download on the School of Kinesiology Flickr account a few days after the ceremony.
 

Livestreaming & REcording


The Kinesiology 2019 Spring Commencement Ceremony will be livestreamed on Thursday, May 2, 2019, beginning at 4:30pm (link coming soon). A recording of the ceremony will also be available on the school's YouTube channel after Commencement.
 

Day of EVENT 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

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

day of event 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.
     

day of event Information for Families & 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, 2019. 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 required for the University ceremony at Michigan Stadium.
  • Is there a photographer at graduation? Call Photography will take multiple pictures of each graduate as they cross the stage, and then email them a free color proof of the photos. There is no obligation to buy. Additionally, there will be a professional photographer taking candid shots of the ceremony; these photos will be available for free download on the School of Kinesiology Flickr account a few days after the ceremony.
  • 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 central campus 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, May 4, 2019, 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, May 3, 2019, 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.