Day of Commencement Information

Dean's Open House

Date: Friday, May 1, 2020

Location: Ross School of Business - Davidson Winter Garden 

Time: 12:30-2pm​

Dean Scott DeRue will welcome all graduates and their guests at an open house welcome reception in the Davidson Winter Garden on Friday, May 1st. This reception will precede the Ross Commencement ceremony at Crisler Center

ADA Accommodations

For Guests
To ensure that all graduates and guests can participate fully in this celebration, events staff will be posted at the northeast and southwest entrances of Crisler Center to assist those with limited mobility and direct to accessible seating areas. These guests are encouraged to be dropped off at the northeast (main) entrance of Crisler Center.

A limited number of handicapped parking spaces are available at Crisler Center. Guests are encouraged to arrive early, as parking is first-come, first-serve.

A sign language interpreter will be present and real-time captioning will be included in the ceremony. 

For Graduates

Any graduates requiring ADA accommodations for themselves should contact


For Dean's Open House at the Ross School

The gates to all structures on Central Campus will open on Friday (see detail below) and remain open throughout Commencement weekend. Parking enforcement in these structures will be suspended until the end of enforcement hours on Sunday. 

Thursday, April 30: U-M parking structures at Fletcher, Hill, and Thayer streets and the Blue Area of the Palmer structure will be open at 9:00 a.m. for commencement guests.

Friday, May 1 – Sunday, May 5: All U-M parking lots and structures will be open to the public beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Friday through Sunday.

Note: parking structures in the campus core areas fill to capacity each business day. It is highly recommended that guests pay to park in nearby city structures located on Maynard St., Washington St., and Liberty St.

For Ross Commencement at Crisler Center

If arriving by car, guests are encouraged to find parking early, as parking around Crisler Center is limited. Parking enforcement within U-M lot on the Stephen M. Ross Athletic Campus will be suspended Friday - Sunday. Commencement guests are welcome to park in any available, unrestricted parking space around Crisler Center (blue, orange, yellow lots).

Directions to Crisler

Limited first-come, first-serve parking is also available at Pioneer High School located at the corner of Main St. & Stadium Blvd. (south west of Michigan Stadium).

Information for Guests

Tickets are not required for Ross Commencement and seating is not assigned. There is no dress code for guests.

Only graduates and platform party are permitted on the arena floor. We ask all graduates and their guests to clear the arena following the conclusion of the ceremony, as another commencement is scheduled to follow. 

Prohibited Items

  • Oversized bags (must be able to fit comfortably under your seat)
  • Containers of any kind (including coolers, thermoses, and flasks)
  • Aerosol and spray cans
  • Flags with flagpoles
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Video cameras and tripods
  • Irritants (i.e. noise makers, air horns, etc.)
  • Weapons
  • Apparel or signage displaying profane or abusive language

Commencement Day Schedule

12:30 - 2:00pm - Dean's Open House at Ross School
2:30pm - Crisler Center doors open 
3:15pm - Graduates and guests should be in their seats 
3:30pm - Official commencement ceremony begins 
5:45pm - Ceremony ends (approx.)

University Commencement

Please visit the University of Michigan website for details regarding University Spring Commencement at Michigan Stadium on Saturday, May 2, 2020.

Please note, tickets are required for University Commencement.

Contact Us

For general commencement inquiries please contact us at

For questions related to degree programs or about Ann Arbor, visit our Frequently Asked Questions section .

Crisler Center

Directions to Crisler Center


Call Photography is the official commencement photographer for Ross School of Business and will be taking multiple images of every student as they cross the stage.

Call Photography will send each student a link to their images using the email they provide within 24 hours of the ceremony. 

Graduates, please fill out the Call Photography's check-in form prior to graduation


Details to be posted by May 2019.