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Information for Graduates

Graduates will enter through the north tunnel of Crisler Center and make their way to the arena floor. Seating will be by degree program and section. Ushers will assist graduates in locating their seating areas. If you wish to be seated with specific graduates, please arrive together

Graduates are asked to take care of any restroom needs prior to the ceremony, as to avoid disruption. The name reader card on the graduate's seat should be filled out prior to proceeding to the stage for recognition.

All graduates are required to stay for the entire ceremony (lasting about 2 - 2 1/2 hours) and shall wait for the appropriate cue from ushers to leave following the platform party recessional. 

Following the ceremony, please arrange to meet your guests at a location outside of Crisler Center, as there is another commencement to follow. Only graduates and platform party are permitted on the arena floor.

Any graduates requiring ADA accommodations for themselves should contact rosscommencement@umich.edu.


The cap and gowns for the Ross Commencement are the same as for the University Commencement. 

While honor cords may be purchased through our academic attire vendor, be advised that final honors calculations are not computed until all grades are submitted, which will take place after commencement. This means that students who wish to purchase honor cords are doing so based on their own unofficial calculations, and wearing these honor cords does not carry any official recognition.

There is no dress code for guests.

There are several options available for you to purchase your attire at a store in Ann Arbor or online. 

Ann Arbor Stores

Barnes & Noble at the Michigan Union: Undergraduate and graduate attire and commemorative tassels in stock. Can also be purchased online here.

Michiganensian Yearbook: Undergraduate attire and commemorative items in stock. Additional items are available online.

Herff Jones' website: Undergraduate and Graduate attire, as well as announcements, can be ordered online and shipped directly to your home.

Ross Stole
The Michiganensian Yearbook hosts a cap and gown sale every year. This year, they have a stole in stock specifically for graduating Ross students (The block M Ross logo). Ross-branded stoles are optional attire for graduating students and are sold at an additional cost. Please visit the Michiganensian Yearbook website for more information. 

  1. Make sure your name is listed as you want it to appear in the official Commencement programs and on your transcript and that all your records (transcripts, library books, school fees, etc.) are current.

    You will receive an email from the Ross Registrar's Office with the deadlines for submitting your name for the official Commencement programs in January; please note that if you do not submit by that deadline your name will not be listed in the Commencement programs. This does not mean you will not be eligible to graduate.

  2. Ensure the address you have on file for receipt of your diploma has been updated to an address where you can receive mail after graduating.

  3. Verify important graduation details such as location, dress code, and time of arrival for the ceremony.

  4. Select the clothes and shoes you will wear with your cap and gown. High heels are not recommended.

  5. Try on your cap and gown. Remove wrinkles according to instructions and hang the gown up until graduation.

  6. The cap tassel is worn to the right; switch it to the left after crossing the stage.

  7. Pin your hood if necessary, so that it does not slip during the ceremony.

  8. Agree on a place to meet your family and friends outside the building after the ceremony.

Bachelor's and master's degree recipients, diplomas will be mailed by the university's Office of the Registrar to the diploma address you have specified on the Graduation Application page on Wolverine Access. Diplomas will be mailed out to graduates between July and early August of 2024.

All graduates and candidates of the winter term 2024, spring/summer Term 2024, or fall Term 2023 (who did not participate in May 2023 ceremony), may participate.

Individuals who are unsure of their eligibility to participate in Spring Commencement should contact the Ross Registrar's Office at 734-647-4933 or at rossregistrarsoffice@umich.edu


The University of Michigan will provide a letter of invitation to assist graduates whose parents must apply for a visa in order to attend the commencement ceremony.

For additional information regarding this process, please refer to the information provided on the International Student U-M Commencement page.

Note: it can take up to two business days for the University to process a letter of invitation.

Call Photography is the official commencement photographer for Ross School of Business, and they 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, to ensure you receive your photo proofs, please complete the Call Photography's check-in form prior to graduation.