SEAS Spring 2019 Commencement

Event Date: 
Saturday, May 4, 2019, 1:00 pm

Event Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019, 1:00 pm

SEAS and PitE graduates from December 2018, Winter 2019, and Summer 2019 are invited to participate in SEAS ceremony at Rackham Auditorium.

Students must arrive between 12-12:15 pm for check-in. Doors open for guests at 12:30 pm. Tickets are not required, but we ask that you bring no more than 4 guests so we have room for everyone. Join us immediately following the ceremony for light refreshments in  Palmer Commons, Great Lakes Room (4th floor). All are welcome!

We also invite you to view the video of the SEAS 2019 Commencement Ceremony at Rackham Auditorium on May 4.

Student Information

SEAS Masters and PhD students:

Commencement Day, Check-In Procedures:

  • Students must arrive between 12:00-12:15 pm and check in at registration tables
  • Auditorium doors will open for guests at 12:30 pm
  • Students will begin to line up at 12:50 pm
  • Procession begins at 1 pm

Printed Commencement Program: Students who apply for graduation in Wolverine Access by March 5, 2019, will be included in the SEAS commencement program.

Special Seating: To request special seating accommodations, email by April 19th.

Academic Attire: All graduating students are required to dress in full academic attire. Academic attire can be purchased at various Ann Arbor locations. A limited number of graduate gowns, caps and hoods are also available to borrow from SEAS student government on a first come, first served basis.   Student Government is suggesting a $15 donation toward the class gift for borrowing the robes. The donation can be paid through Student Government's Venmo account or in cash. Please contact if you have any questions"


  • Undergraduate students:
    • Cap
    • Undergraduate gown
    • Tassel
  • Graduate students:
    • Cap
    • Graduate gown
    • SEAS hood
    • SEAS tassel
  • Hood/Tassel Colors
    • Master's hood and tassel = Dark Russet
    • PhD hood = Royal Blue

Register for SEAS Ceremony: If you plan to attend our commencement, please take 5 minutes to submit the Photography Registration Form no later than April 19th. Data will be printed onto a Name Card that you will pick up at registration tables the day of the ceremony. You will hand the card to the reader before crossing the stage, as it contains the phonetic spelling of your name.

Name Pronunciation Help: In addition to the phonetic spelling on the Name Card, a voice recorder will be available for use in OAP (1520 Dana) from March 25th through April 6th for you to record the proper pronunciation of your name. This additional step is an optional opportunity to clarify name pronunciation.

Parking: Free parking is available in all U-M parking structures on May 3rd. Parking structures have limited availability and fill up quickly, so please plan extra time to find a parking spot or use public transportation to arrive on time.

Other U-M Ceremonies & Receptions

Students are invited to attend other ceremonies and receptions during graduation weekend. Dual degree graduate students may also have separate ceremonies and/or receptions for their second school or college. Each event may require its own registration, deadlines, and/or tickets, so please review event links below for more information.

LGBTQIA+ Lavender Graduation (all students)

Rackham Graduate Exercises (graduate students)
Friday, May 3, 2019
10 am
Hill Auditorium

PitE Graduation Reception (undergraduate students)

U-M Spring Commencement (all students - tickets required)
Saturday, May 4, 2019
10 am
Michigan Stadium

Next Steps Following Commencement

Diplomas: Visit the U-M Commencement & Diploma's Office page for additional information. The standard Rackham diploma is 8.5x11".

Keep Your UMich Email Account: Email forwarding is a service that re-routes email messages sent to "" to your non-UM email account.

New Alumni Status: Remember to update your contact information in eRecruiter to stay in touch about upcoming SEAS career services events and programs. For more information about U-M alumni benefits, visit the U-M Alumni Association site.

SEAS and PitE graduates from December 2018, Winter 2019, and Summer 2019 are invited to participate in SEAS ceremony at Rackham Auditorium.


Rackham Graduate School
915 E. Washington Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109