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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 March 30 through April 30 at
or purchased during the times indicated in your commencement ceremony
instructions (see above).
Each graduate participating in commencement may receive up to 9 tickets — five
for seating in McGuirk Arena and four for the Simulcast Room in the Large Sports
Forum. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Graduates must have
identification when picking up tickets during the times listed below. No
additional tickets are available. You still need to pick up your tickets if you
preordered or previously purchased your apparel. On Saturday, CMU staff can
assist you in getting tickets to your guests by delivering them to the Ticket
Central will-call window.
Undergraduate students graduating with honors will receive, at no cost, honors
medallions or cords. Summa Cum Laude and Magna Cum Laude graduates receive
medallions and Cum Laude graduates receive cords. Eligible students will receive
them at the time they pick up their tickets (see above). Reminder to December
graduates: bring your medallion or cord.
Graduates will need to 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.
(An elevator is located in the SAC's main concourse across from the bowling
center.) Immediately go to the "name card" table and tell the attendant your
name and degree. You will receive a partially pre-printed card that is used by
the readers to announce your name to the audience and by the professional
photographer. Please proceed to the Small Sports Forum and look for your degree
sign. You may sit with a graduating friend if you both are receiving the same
degree. You will be given a program and guests will receive them as they enter
the arena. 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 Center will-call window for their
When exiting McGuirk Arena, guests can meet their graduates in the Student
Activity Center main hallway.
Personalized announcements may be ordered from Balfour by placing an order at
www.balfour.com or by
calling 1-877-BALFOUR (877-225-3687).
The approximate length of the ceremony is two hours.
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 ceremony at www.apple.com/quicktime/download.
Diplomas are not distributed at the commencement ceremony.
Students who are eligible for diplomas receive them by mail. Students who have
not received their diplomas within eight weeks after the ceremony should contact
Undergraduate Academic Services at (989) 774-3504. Programs will be included with
your diploma. The Registrar's Office must have your correct mailing address in
order for you to receive your diploma. Address changes can be made through
For information regarding accommodations for persons with disabilities, or
persons requiring sign language accommodations, call University Events, (989)
774-3355 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. EST.
CMU's Global Campus will be hosting a reception for all
Global Campus graduates and their guests. Brief remarks will be given by Dr.
Pete Ross, Vice President of CMU's Global Campus, and Jody Hassen, Director of
Student Services and Enrollment Management at approximately 7:00 p.m. Hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be provided. There is no cost for this
If you are able to attend please complete the RSVP form
by Monday, May 4, 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
Amanda Hicks at firstname.lastname@example.org or
(800) 950-1144, ext. 3784.
Commencement Brunch -
$19.95/person, $10.95/child under 10, graduates eat free with a group of 4 or
more. Reservations must be made by Saturday, May 2, 2015.
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
Please note that these dates are subject to change.
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