Requirements for Commencement -- Cap, Gown, and Honor Cord -- Ceremony and Tickets
Mobility Limitations -- Commencement Photos -- Questions

Undergraduate Student Commencement Information
Michigan Technological University
May 3, 2014

Congratulations prospective graduate! Commencement is rapidly approaching! In order to be eligible to participate in the ceremony and be listed in the program you must:

  • Be registered in the classes that will complete all your outstanding degree requirements.
  • Have a Graduation Application on file in the Degree Services Office by Friday, February 14, 2014. If you have not done so, please complete your Graduation Application by accessing this link. After Friday, February 14, late additions and listing in the commencement program cannot be guaranteed.
  • Once your Graduation Application is on file with Degree Services, your name will be added to the Undergraduate Candidates list on the commencement website through weekly updates.

Caps and Gowns are required to participate in commencement and must be ordered online starting on Wednesday, February 5th through March 2 to avoid additional shipping charges. The gown is the property of the graduate. Rental garb is not available.

Attend Gradfest at the Campus Store on Wednesday, February 26th from Noon–5 pm to meet with representatives from Balfour, Michigan Tech Alumni Relations and the Career Center. Enjoy free popcorn and refreshments. Also, take 25% off all Michigan Tech insignia items – diploma frames, clothing and souvenirs on Wednesday, February 26 only.

Academic garb, caps, and gowns are available for pick-up at the Campus Store between 8 am and 4:30 pm beginning Monday, April 21 through Friday, May 2, 2014. Contact the Campus Store with questions, 906-487-2410 or

Students participating in the Fall Commencement 2014 will purchase their caps and gowns beginning in October 2014.

ROTC commissionees are dressed in uniform and do not wear academic garb.

International graduates or graduates who have studied or volunteered abroad: Indicate your global status by wearing an international graduation sash. Sashes depict your country’s flag and are designed to add distinction to your graduation attire. Sashes can be ordered directly through Vision Wear.

Honor Cords represent outstanding academic achievement and are provided by the University. The Campus Bookstore will have a list of those who qualify for honor cords. Honor cords designations are based on overall GPA accumulated prior to the graduating semester and are determined by the Registrar’s Office: Summa Cum Laude (3.90 and above) designated by a gold cord, Magna Cum Laude (3.70-3.89) designated by a silver cord, and Cum Laude (3.50-3.69) designated by a copper cord.

Honor cords are available for pick-up at the Campus Store with your cap and gown.

Commencement Tickets may be obtained by presenting a photo ID at the Buyback Window at the Campus Bookstore, between the hours of 8:30 am and 4:30 pm beginning Monday, April 21, through Thursday, May 1, 2014. You may receive up to four (4) tickets at that time. There is open seating for the audience.

Students who need extra tickets: On Friday, May 2, any extra or unclaimed tickets will be distributed from the SDC Central Ticket Office on a first-come, first-served basis.

Commencement Rehearsal will be held on Friday, May 2 at 1:30 pm. Students will line up in the SDC Multi-purpose room and will proceed into the SDC Ice Arena. Rehearsal lasts approximately one hour. You do not need to wear your cap and gown. Signs will be posted by the department and then your name. Simply find your department and get in line.

ROTC commissionees will march and sit together and will receive recognition from their commanding officer. ROTC commissionees will line upon the lower level of the Ice Arena.

Commencement Ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 3, at 10:30 am in the SDC Ice Arena. Graduates should arrive no later than 9:45 am. Family members should be seated in the audience and not with the graduates. The ceremony lasts approximately two hours. The SDC Ice Arena and Wood Gym are alcohol-free facilities.

Seating for guests with mobility limitations (wheelchair, walker, etc.) is available. Please contact Emily Walikainen in the Registrar’s Office, 906-487-2319 or by Friday, April 25. Space for wheelchairs will be provided; however, Michigan Tech is unable to provide wheelchairs.

A Signer will be present throughout the ceremony to assist the hearing impaired.

Commencement Photo arrangements have been made with a professional photographer to take a photo of each degree candidate as he or she is congratulated on stage. Ordering information will be mailed to your home address or emailed within 4-6 weeks. Please make certain that your current home address is on file with the Registrar’s Office.

Other Questions? Please contact Emily Walikainen in the Registrar’s Office, Room 103 Administration Building, 906-487-2319 or e-mail