All Spring 2020 commencement activities have been postponed across our three campuses. This includes both the large campus-wide ceremonies and individual school, college, and group recognition ceremonies. We know that this is very disappointing to many, and we are looking at ways to celebrate 2020 graduates in the future.
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For the Kinesiology 2020 Spring Commencement Ceremony,
NOTE: Eligibility requirements are different for the University-wide ceremony, and details can be found on the University Commencement website. If you graduated in December 2019 or will graduate in December 2020, you are welcome to participate in the 2020 University Spring (Big House) Commencement Ceremony. Please contact University Development Events at 734-647-6037 or firstname.lastname@example.org for tickets.
NOTE: If you graduated in December 2019 or will graduate in December 2020, your name was/will be in the 2019/2020 University Winter (Crisler) Commencement program. It will not be listed in the 2020 University Spring (Big House) Commencement Ceremony program. However, you will still be able to have it listed in the 2020 Kinesiology Commencement program.
Academic attire is required for the University and Kinesiology ceremonies. You can purchase or rent your cap and gown at the following locations:
-- February 13-14
-- March 9-13
-- April 2-3
-- April 6-10
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:
Complete the Call Photography Check-In Form prior to Commencement. 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.
The Kinesiology 2020 Spring Commencement Ceremony will be livestreamed on Thursday, April 30, beginning at 4:30pm. (Link coming soon.) A recording of the ceremony will also be available on the school's YouTube channel after Commencement.
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)