SPH students who are graduating this April 26th at Hill Auditorium -- this video will have you looking your very best!
All School of Public Health (SPH) students who will have completed their degree requirements before or during Fall 2017, Winter 2018, or Summer 2018 Terms are welcome to participate in both the School of Public Health Graduation Ceremony on April 26, 2018 and the University-wide Spring Commencement on April 28, 2018.
Students receiving a Ph.D. or M.S. degree may also be eligible to participate in the (Rackham) University Graduate Exercises on April 27, 2018.
SPH Graduation tickets are NOT required for guests attending the SPH Graduation Ceremony. There is no limit on the number of guests who can attend. However, students must register the number of guests for the SPH reception when they complete the online registration form to participate in the SPH Graduation Ceremony.
Graduates should assemble in their academic attire, in the balcony level 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 to pick up your name card and to complete a card for the photographer. You will hand these cards to the marshal on stage when receiving your recognition. From there 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 of the same degree. SPH staff will assist you in lining up for the procession and with seating. The procession into the auditorium will begin promptly at 12:30 p.m.
Hill Auditorium is full of activity on graduation day, and seating for graduates is tight. There is no safe place in the building to store or leave anything. Please leave any valuables, coats and purses, umbrellas, and other such items with your guests.
When you cross the stage to be recognized, you will want to have both hands free and be unencumbered by extra items. Out of courtesy to others and for your own safety, we ask that you not bring items with you to the ceremony.
Graduates - please do not bring any valuables or anything that does not fit in your pockets. There is no safe place to store them.
We highly recommend that you wear shoes that are comfortable, supportive, and suitable for standing, walking, and climbing steps. You will be required to climb up and down three flights of stairs, which may seem more like six flights as there is are two half-flight sets of stairs for each floor. You may be standing for long periods.
All graduates, their family, and their friends are invited to attend the School of Public Health Graduation Reception to be held on Ingalls Mall (adjacent to Hill Auditorium) immediately following the ceremony. Students must register the number of guests when they complete the online registration form to participate in the SPH Graduation Ceremony.
|11:25 a.m.||Ph.D.’s arrive for overview of hooding process. Proceed directly inside of the Auditorium. (Enter from EAST entrance off Ingalls Mall)|
|11:30 a.m.||Graduates arrive and enter from the EAST entrance off Ingalls Mall. Graduates will
walk up three flights of stairs to the balcony level, visit the registration tables,
and are directed to the processional staging area.
Graduates and guests with mobility limitations (wheelchair, walker, etc.) enter from WEST entrance off Thayer near the ramp.
|11:45 a.m.||Front doors open for guest seating in the auditorium.|
|12:15 p.m.||Graduates line up to begin the procession.|
|12:30 p.m.||Graduation begins promptly with procession of 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 reception by 3:15 p.m.|
Diplomas for Winter 2018 Term graduates will be mailed by mid-July to the permanent address students have specified in Wolverine Access. Diplomas for Summer 2018 Term graduates will be mailed by mid-November.
Ph.D. graduates attending the University Graduate Exercises will receive their diplomas at the program. Those who do not attend the University Graduate Exercises may pick up their diplomas at the Office of the Registrar, Diploma Department in the LSA Building at 500 State Street, Suite 5000, during regular business hours in the week prior to, and the week after commencement. You must call 734-763-9066 in advance. Diplomas not picked up during that time will be mailed to the permanent address students have specified in Wolverine Access.
In order to change your name, add your middle name, or middle initial to your diploma, you will need to add it to your academic record. Once your name is updated on your academic record, you should be able to log into Wolverine Access to access your graduation application and add the updated name to appear on the diploma. Tuesday, April 17, 2018 is the deadline to make this change.This can be done two ways:
Student Services - Central Campus
Office of the Registrar
University of Michigan
2200 Student Activies Building (SAB)
515 E. Jefferson Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1316
The hours of operations are from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday.
Standard printed announcements may be purchased at the Barnes and Noble @ University of Michigan Bookstore, 734-995-8877, at 530 South State Street. Personalized announcements take up to two weeks to print.
Graduates participating in any University of Michigan graduation ceremonies must wear official U-M academic attire. You may purchase your attire when you register to participate in graduation, or follow this link.
March 12, 2018: deadline to order for free shipping to SPH. Gowns should be available for pick up the second week of April. You will be contacted directly by SPH with more details.
April 9, 2018: deadline to order to ship directly to your home. You must pay the shipping fee of $15.95.
Graduates may also order their academic attire from the Barnes and Noble at University of Michigan Bookstore, 734-995-8877, in the Michigan Union at 530 South State Street. Store hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Friday, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday.
Graduates should have their gown steamed/ironed prior to graduation day. At the very least, it is suggested that graduates remove the gown from the package to allow the wrinkles to settle.
All rented attire must be returned to the Michigan Union Bookstore by Wednesday May 2nd. Please note, the Union building and Bookstore will be closing at midnight on April 28th. After this date returns can be made through the side door by the cube from 10am - 2pm through May 2nd.
To ensure that you purchase the correct hood, please note your hood color:
Faculty members: Instructions for ordering academic attire can be found on the Faculty Information page. Please note the early April deadline for ordering if you do not have your own attire.
Graduating in April? The Public Health Sustainability Initiative (PHSI) runs a cap and gown re-use program so that SPH students can rent a graduation cap, gown and hood!
How it works:
For questions, please contact Lauren Smith (laumarie) or Amanda Schoonover (ajschoon).
The company Graduation Foto will be taking professional photographs at the graduation
ceremony. All graduates will receive a complimentary proof of the photo(s) taken.
If you would like to pre-register to receive information about the photo proofs after the event or would like to review the additional products or services offered, please visit this website www.graduationfoto.com.
The University of Michigan wants to ensure that all graduates, candidates, and guests can participate fully in graduation. The following arrangements are made in cooperation with the Accessibility Task Force of the Council for Disability Concerns.
If you or your guest(s) have mobility limitations (wheelchair, walker, etc.) please plan to arrive by 11:30 a.m. so 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 needs. A sign language interpreter will be present.
All requests for special arrangements should be made by the second week of April. 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.
If you have any questions about graduation, please e-mail SPHgraduationquestions@umich.edu. Thank you.