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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the date of Commencement?

Friday, May 2, 2014

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What time does Commencement start and end?

BBA, MAcc and MsE Ceremony begins at 4pm. The anticipated conclusion is no later than 5:30pm.

MBA and PhD Ceremony begins at 7pm. The anticipated conclusion is no later than 8:30pm.

Students are asked to be in their seats 30 minutes prior to the beginning of the ceremony.

All guests must be seated 15 minutes prior to the ceremony start.

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Where is Commencement held?

Hill Auditorium
825 N. University Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

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What time do the doors at Hill Auditorium open?

For the BBA/MAcc/MsE Ceremony doors will open at 3:15pm.
For the MBA/PhD Ceremony doors will open at 6:15pm.

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Are tickets required for guests?

Ross Commencement

Seating at Hill Auditorium is limited. Tickets are Required for all guests and graduates.

Please Note: We have 700+ eligible MBA and PhD graduates and 450+ BBA, MAcc and MsE graduates.  We expect to fill every seat at both ceremonies. Please only request tickets if you are planning to attend.

All eligible graduates will be sent a ticket request survey in April 2014.

  • BBA, MAcc and MsE Graduates who are planning to attend the 4:00pm ceremony can request up to 6 guest tickets.
  • MBA and PhD Graduates who are planning to attend the 7:00pm ceremony can
    request up to 4 guest tickets.

We will live web-stream both ceremonies into Blau Auditorium and classrooms at Ross for other guests who are unable to get a seat at Hill.

Children at the Ceremony: Will need their own seatPlease note, there are no storage facilities for strollers at Hill Auditorium - do not bring strollers into the building.

Please contact rosscommencement@umich.edu with any questions regarding Ross Commencement tickets.


University Commencement

Tickets ARE ALSO required for the University Spring Commencement on
Saturday, May 3. Please refer to the ticket information listed on the Graduate's Guide for additional details.

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What do graduates need to wear?

Ross School of Business academic attire. Beginning in January 2014, this can be ordered online at http://colleges.herffjones.com/college/ross/ under Ross School of Business.

Attire can also be purchased at two local bookstores: Michigan Union Bookstore and Ulrich's Bookstore.

Some students have asked about purchasing "honor cords". While honor cords may be purchased from graduation gown vendors, be advised that final honors calculations are not computed until all grades are submitted (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.

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What is the dress code for guests?

There is no specific dress code for guests.

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Who are the Commencement Speakers?

Please visit Speakers & Award Winners.

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What other events are there?

Please visit Events & Activities.

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Who is eligible to participate?

All graduates and candidates of the Winter Term 2014, Spring/Summer Term 2014, or Fall Term 2013 (Who did not participate in May 2013 ceremony), may participate.

Individuals who are unsure of their eligibility to participate in Spring Commencement should contact Ross Academic Services at 734.647.4933 or at rossacadservices@umich.edu.

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How do I apply for graduation?

Follow these steps:

  1. Log on to Wolverine Access
  2. Select - Student Business
  3. Then select - Apply for Graduation

For further information regarding applying for graduation, please visit http://www2.bus.umich.edu/MyiMpact/academics/graduation.

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What are the future Ross School Commencement dates?

Friday, May 1, 2015

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