Commencement

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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Wanted: Student Speaker and Singer(s)

 

  • Tell your story, represent your class, and make a memory to last a lifetime - apply now to be our student commencement speaker. Open to graduating Kinesiology students only. Deadline: April 1. View the speaker application form.
  • If you've dreamed of singing the national anthem in Hill Auditorium, we want to hear from you! Apply now to be our commencement soloist or duo. Open to all Kinesiology students. Deadline: April 1. View the singer application form.
     

Commencement Speaker


Carrie Brzezinski-Hsu
Vice President, ESPN CreativeWorks

Carrie Brzezinski-Hsu is vice president of ESPN CreativeWorks, ESPN’s in-house creative agency focused on connecting brands with fans by developing creative and innovative multiplatform opportunities geared specifically to ESPN’s audience. A 14-year media industry veteran, Brzezinski has been with the company for six years, driving the development of many successful marketing programs.

In her role, Brzezinski-Hsu leads all sales marketing for ESPN’s internal creative agency, CreativeWorks, while managing the sales marketing teams for ESPN The Magazine, espnW, ESPN news and information shows as well as SportsCenter.

Brzezinski-Hsu has spent her entire career in the media industry, generating effective marketing programs for various brands across all platforms. At ESPN, she has developed new assets, content platforms and intellectual property to integrate client messages with the ESPN brand while leading a team of more than 30 employees.

Brzezinski-Hsu holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, where she majored in organizational studies with a focus in advertising and marketing. She serves on the U-M School of Kinesiology Sport Management Advisory Board.

 

Eligibility


For the Kinesiology 2020 Spring Commencement Ceremony,

  • Undergraduate students graduating in December 2019, May 2020, August 2020, or December 2020 are eligible to participate in the 2020 Kinesiology Commencement Ceremony.
  • Master's students graduating in December 2019, May 2020, or August 2020 are eligible to participate in the 2020 Kinesiology Commencement Ceremony.
  • PhD students should contact the Office of Graduate Student Affairs for participation eligibility.​

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 springcommencement@umich.edu for tickets.
 

PRE-COMMENCEMENT STUDENT CHECKLIST

  • Apply to graduate in Wolverine Access under Student Business > Degree Progress/Graduation > Apply for Graduation. The application is available until the last day of classes (April 21), but you must apply by March 1 in order to be included in both the University and Kinesiology Commencement programs.
    • 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.

  • Complete the 2020 Kinesiology Commencement Ceremony Walk Form by April 1.
  • Complete the Call Photography 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 accessibility needs, please complete the Accommodation Request Form by April 1.
  • 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


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.
 

Livestreaming & REcording


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.
 

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 photo card. (You will hand your name card to the reader on stage, and hand your photo card to the photographer after you walk across the stage.) After you check in, 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 in the same program. 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.
  • Please do not bring any valuables, coats, purses, umbrellas, and other such items to Commencement - there is no place to store them. If you must bring something, you will need to leave it with family/friends BEFORE you go inside Hill. Family/friends will not be allowed to come inside the building with you. They will need to wait until the doors open for guest seating.
  • We highly recommend that you wear shoes that are comfortable, supportive, and suitable for standing, walking, and climbing multiple flights of stairs.
     

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 accessibility needs, please complete the Accommodation Request Form 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 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 2, 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 1, 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.