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All students who apply for graduation and receive a graduation invitation by
e-mail are eligible to participate in the main campus commencement ceremony in
Mount Pleasant, MI. Participation in any commencement ceremony is not confirmation of
completion of degree requirements or the awarding of your degree. If you
have any questions regarding degree requirements, please
contact your graduation specialist.
Your local program center may also host a commencement ceremony. Please see your
program center's website at
global.cmich.edu/locations for commencement ceremony
information or contact your Program Administrator.
Commencement is divided by degrees into three ceremonies as listed below.
Graduates must attend the ceremony in which their degree is listed.
Complete ceremony instructions will be available approximately 2 months prior to
the commencement ceremony.
Caps and gowns may be preordered 10/28/15 – 12/6/15 at
or purchased at the CMU Bookstore from 11/2/15 – 12/11/15.
Doctoral graduates must reserve their academic apparel through the CMU Bookstore
at (989) 774-7493 or (800) 283-0234. The CMU Bookstore office hours are Monday –
Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Undergraduates graduating with honors will receive
honors medallions or cords. Summa Cum Laude and Magna Cum Laude graduates
receive medallions and Cum Laude graduates receive cords. Eligible students can
pick up their cords or medallions in Warriner 123 from 10/28/15 – 12/18/15.
Graduates participating in commencement may receive up to 6 tickets. No
additional tickets are available. Tickets are for general admission to McGuirk
Arena. Tickets and seating are not guaranteed and are on a first-come,
first-served basis. Graduates must reserve their tickets by contacting Ticket
Central by phone at (888) 347-3872 or in person at Ticket Central. Graduates
can choose to either have their tickets mailed for a $3 processing fee, pick up
their tickets at Ticket Central, or have their tickets available at the Ticket
Central will-call window for guests to pick up on commencement day. To ensure
on-time delivery, tickets will not be mailed after 12/4/15 and must be picked
up. Anyone picking up tickets must have a photo ID. If tickets are lost or
stolen, graduates must contact Ticket Central to have their tickets reissued.
Once tickets are reissued the original ticket will be void and cannot be used
for admittance to McGuirk Arena.
To maintain the dignity of the commencement ceremony, graduates may not attach
any objects to their academic apparel that may detract from the meaning and
importance of the occasion. In addition, only societies and programs approved by
the Academic Senate may wear insignia at commencement. A list of approved
societies and programs can be viewed at
(Guidelines for Wearing Honors Insignia at Commencement). Graduates may not
carry food or beverages into the ceremony. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed
in the Events Center and will be confiscated. Graduates and guests who are
disruptive will be escorted from the ceremony.
Graduates should enter the Student Activity Center (SAC) and go to the MAC 2
room in the lower level of the SAC at least one hour before their ceremony time.
(An elevator is located in the SAC's main concourse across from the bowling
center.) Immediately fo to the "name card" table and tell the attendant your
name and degree. You will receive a partically pre-printed card that is used by
the readers to announce your name to the audience and by the professional
photographer. Proceed to the Small Sports Forum and look for your degree sign.
Please leave your personal belongings with your guests.
Your guests should enter
the main entrance of the Events Center and go to McGuirk Arena and locate seats
(unless they need to stop at the Ticket Central will-call window to pick up
tickets). Doors will open to McGuirk Arena approximately one-hour prior to the
ceremony. The approximate length of the ceremony is two hours. When exiting
McGuirk Arena guests can meet their graduates in the Student Activity Center
Graduates and guest may park in lots 62, 63, and 64. A map can be viewed at:
Please contact University Events at (989) 774-3355 (Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m.
and 5:00 p.m. EST.) with requests for accommodations for persons with
disabilities. American Sign Language interpreters will be present at the
A professional photographer will take photographs of the graduates and send one
proof to the address on the name card. Purchase information is included with the
Personalized announcements may be ordered from Balfour by placing an order at
www.balfour.com or by
calling 1-877-BALFOUR (877-225-3687).
A live video stream is available on the internet at
www.cmich.edu/commencement. Copies of the ceremony are not available for
sale, however an archive stream of the ceremony is available. Adobe Flash
Player, available free of charge, is required to view the ceremony. We recommend
you download Adobe Flash Player well in advance of the time you wish to view the
Diplomas are not distributed at the commencement ceremony. Students who are
eligible for diplomas receive them by mail. Graduates who have not received
their diplomas within eight weeks after the ceremony should contact
Undergraduate Academic Services at (989) 774-3504. The Registrar's Office must
have your correct mailing address in order for you to receive your diploma.
Address changes can be made through
Graduates will be given a program as they line up for the procession. Programs
will be available for guests at the arena entrances. Programs are automatically
sent to all Global Campus graduates.
CMU Global Campus offers a cherry finished hardwood plaque with a Plexiglas
cover to display your diploma. Central Michigan University is carved into the
wood to create a professional display of the culmination of all your hard work.
The plaque costs $20 and can be ordered by using the
CMU's Global Campus will be hosting a reception for all
Global Campus graduates and their guests. Brief remarks will be given at
approximately 7:00 p.m. Hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be provided. There is
no cost for this event.
If you are able to attend please complete the RSVP form
by Monday, December 14, 2015.
Please note that this form is for the Global Campus Graduation Reception
only. No RSVP is required for the main campus commencement ceremony.
If you have any questions regarding the Global Campus Graduation Reception
please contact Betty Gillespie at
email@example.com or (800) 950-1144, ext. 4456.
Commencement Brunch -
$20.95/person, $10.95/child under 10, graduates eat free with a group of 4 or
more. Reservations must be made by Saturday, December 12, 2015.
Please note that these dates are subject to change.
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