Tickets & Seating
Hill Auditorium will open to guests at 11:45 a.m. Guests should enter through the front doors and be seated by 12:15 p.m. Seating for graduation is general seating. Please encourage your guests to arrive early for a good seat. Guests are requested to remain seated throughout the program. For guests with disabilities, please see the next section.
Guests with Disabilities
If your guest(s) have mobility limitations (wheelchair, walker, etc.) please plan to have them arrive by 11:30 a.m. so that they can be seated before the doors are opened to the general public. By entering Hill Auditorium from the WEST entrance (off Thayer Street) you will be nearest the ramps into the auditorium. Ushers will be available to assist in locating wheelchair-accessible seating and restrooms for guests. Please contact (734) 764-5425 if you have any questions regarding your guests' needs. A sign language interpreter will be present.
All requests for special arrangements should be made by April 9, 2018. This request can be made two ways: by e-mailing SPHgraduationquestions@umich.edu or by filling out the information in the SPH Graduation Registration site.
Visa Information for International Guests
Family members, who are not the children or spouse of the F-1 student or J-1 exchange visitor, must apply for a B-1/B-2 visitor visa to gain entry into the U.S. Family members from certain countries may be eligible to travel to the U.S. to visit for stays of up to 90 days without obtaining a B-1/B-2 visa through the U.S. Department of State Visa Waiver Program.
The University of Michigan will provide a letter of invitation to assist guests of graduates who are applying for a visa to attend their student's commencement ceremony. To request a letter:
- Please complete this form.
- The letter from the University will be emailed to the graduate, who can then forward it to their guests for use in documenting their visa request.
- If multiple guests are in need of a letter of invitation, please fill out this form multiple times.
- Please allow one business day to receive the letter via email.
Accommodations & Transportation
Hotel arrangements for your guests should be made as soon as possible. Please visit the SPH website for a listing of accommodations, as well as information on directions, airport, and other transportation.
Public parking will be available in the UM parking structures on Thayer and Fletcher Streets. These are the closest structures to Hill Auditorium and they also provide handicapped parking. (The UM Parking Office will suspend enforcement for the Thayer and Fletcher Streets parking structures/lots for graduates and their guests. The gates to the Thayer, Fletcher, and Palmer Blue areas will be opened on Thursday for graduation attendees. Please avoid any specialty parking spaces such as the reserved spots for UM vehicles only. If a parking attendant is at the gate, please tell them you are attending UM SPH Graduation Ceremony.) Parking spaces are provided on a first come, first served basis so there are no guarantees that you will find parking in these two lots. Please reference the parking diagram for all parking options near Hill Auditorium (PDF).
For a complete listing of all city and campus parking please visit: