Faculty Information

SPH faculty members are encouraged to attend graduation. It is a joyous event and a culmination of our students' educational experience here. It means a great deal for students to see you at graduation. If you require academic attire, the deadline to order is Wednesday, April 4.

The Faculty Platform Party Response Form is now closed. If you would like to participate in graduation, please contact Beth Adas at beth@steppesolutions.com.

If you need to order academic attire, please also include the following information in your email. We will our best to accommodate your request.

  • Name
  • Department
  • Height
  • Highest Degree Earned
  • Field of Study
  • University from where degree was earned

Doctoral Hooding

If you are a dissertation advisor for a doctoral student who will be graduating, we need you to participate in the hooding of your candidate. Your attendance is vitally important. Our on-stage doctoral hooding is now in its fourth year as an annual tradition, and it is a beautiful part of the ceremony. 

Faculty Timeline

Time Activity
11:25 a.m. Faculty members who are hooding a student arrive for overview of hooding process. Proceed directly inside of the Auditorium. (Enter from EAST entrance off Ingalls Mall)

11:45 a.m. All non-hooding faculty members arrive, proceed to the second level robing room, and put on academic attire. (Enter from EAST entrance off Ingalls Mall)
12:00 p.m. Faculty members begin lining up to lead the procession to the stage.
12:30 p.m. Graduation begins promptly with the procession of faculty, followed by graduating students.
2:30 p.m. Although we are not able to predict the exact end time of the ceremony, 2:30 p.m. should be a reasonable approximation. Most guests typically leave the outdoor reception by 3:15 p.m.

Non-Essential Items

Faculty members will be able to leave coats and small incidentals in the robing room during the ceremony. However, please be aware that this room is not locked, so you should avoid bringing valuables. You will not be able to carry non-essential items with you to the stage, so please do not bring them to the Auditorium.


All faculty members, graduates, family, and their friends are invited to attend the School of Public Health reception to be held on Ingalls Mall (adjacent to Hill Auditorium) immediately following the ceremony. 


Our event photographer will roam briefly through the faculty robing room during robing. If there are special photos you'd like to take with other faculty, the dean, or the speaker, please speak up!

The same is true for any photos you want with your graduating student(s) and their families. The best time and place to get photos with students is outside the Auditorium following the ceremony. Approach the photographer and ask for your photos to be taken. Ask the photographer to make note to have the Marketing & Communications team send them to you the week after graduation, or email sph.communications@umich.edu with your request. Thank you.