EMU Information / April 22, 2016

What You Need to Know to Graduate…

Well, at least walk at graduation this year. If you are on track to graduate this year, 1.) Congrats! 2.) there are some things you need to know and get in order before the big day in a couple weeks.

You will need to get tickets so your proud family can watch you walk. Tickets must be obtained in advance as no tickets are available on commencement day (April 24).

  • Only students on the approved list of graduates can purchase tickets.
  • You may get up to six free tickets for family or friends from April 11, starting at 10 a.m. until April 19 at 9 p.m.
  • To get tickets in person, you must have a photo ID.
  • To get your tickets by phone, call 734.487.2282 and be ready with a current mailing and email address and your EID number. All phone orders are charged a $4 processing fee per order. Tickets are mailed up until 9 a.m. on April 18. Tickets ordered by phone after that are available for pick up during regular business hours.
  • Beginning April 20 and subject to availability, you may purchase up to four additional tickets for $5 each (limit two per day).
  • Accessible seating/access is available, but must be arranged at the time of ticket pickup.

Now for the big day and what to expect.

Ceremony Information
To ensure a safe and enjoyable event, please leave any bags you may have in your vehicle. All bags brought in are subject to search by security personnel, including purses, cases, diaper or shopping bags. Do not bring in anything that can’t be opened or inspected. If you bring bags in, allow extra time for inspection.

College of Arts and Science and College of Technology
7:30 a.m. Doors open. Plan to arrive before 9 a.m.
9 a.m. Assemble in the lower level of the Convocation Center.
9:10 a.m. After you’re lined up, the marshals and staff will give you the signal to proceed into the Convocation Center arena.
9:30 a.m. Commencement program begins.

College of Business, College of Education and College of Health and Human Services
12:30 p.m. Doors open. Plan to arrive before 1:30 p.m.
1:30 p.m. Line up in the lower level of the Convocation Center.
1:40 p.m. After you’re lined up, the marshals and staff will give you the signal to proceed into the Convocation Center arena.
2 p.m. Commencement program begins.

Pre-Procession Checklist

  • If you would like photos in the Atrium, please take them before the ceremony.
  • Make sure your guests have their tickets and you’ve arranged for handicapped seating, if needed.
  • Make sure to be in academic dress (your cap and gown) and in line before the processional begins––no later than 30 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony.

Remember, April 11 -12 is the grad fair in the Student Center. Pick things up here for extra savings.


  • Do not bring any bags into the Convocation Center. Anything you arrive with is subject to search. Give coats, phones/cameras or other personal items to your guests to hold during the ceremony and leave the selfie sticks at home. You may not bring any items with you onto the Convocation Center floor and will not be able to return to the lower level rooms after the ceremony.

The Ceremony

  • Upon the request of the Provost, the candidates for bachelor’s degree will stand as a group. After the presentation and acceptance by the representative of the Board of Regents, all persons should be seated.
  • The marshal will signal you to stand, one row at a time to come forward for your diploma cover.
  • You will walk to the stage and give your name/address card (you received this when you picked up your tickets) to the name reader. (Print your name and address on the card and bring it with you to commencement. The card is used to announce you and mail your photo proof.)
  • After your name is called, walk forward, take your diploma cover as your photo is taken and return to your chair.
  • Remain in seated throughout the ceremony.
  • Follow the direction of the marshals for the recessional.

After the Ceremony

  • You’ll then be directed outside the Convocation Center. Make arrangements with your guests to meet at a designated spot outside after the ceremony has ended. You won’t be able to go back into Convocation Center after the ceremony.

It may sound complicated, but after all the work you put in earning this degree, picking it up should be the easy part!



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