Ceremony and Venue

Michigan Tech conducts two commencement ceremonies each year: one in the fall semester and one in the spring semester. The Midyear Commencement ceremony is in the Student Development Complex Wood Gym and the Spring Commencement is in the John J. MacInnes Student Ice Arena, attached to the Student Development Complex.

Upcoming Ceremony

Where and When: Spring Commencement is at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 29, 2017 in the Ice Arena of the Student Development Complex (SDC).

Duration:The Spring Commencement ceremony generally lasts more than 2.5 hours. The Midyear Commencement ceremony is approximately 2 hours.

Watch Online: Live streaming is available beginning on the morning of the ceremony.

Future Ceremonies: Midyear Commencement 2017 will be held Saturday, December 16, 2017 and Spring Commencement 2018 will be held Saturday, May 5, 2018.

Venue Information

The Student Development Complex (SDC) is open by 8:30 a.m. the day of the ceremony. Parking is on a first-come, first-served basis. Concessions and campus retail stores are also open.


For the safety and security of the graduates and their guests, please be advised that all bags are searched prior to entering the event. Public Safety and Police Services are present.

Please stand for the Processional and National Anthem. At the ceremony conclusion please remain in your seats until all graduates have recessed.

First aid is available.

Please note that the SDC is an alcohol-free and tobacco-free facility.

Special Accommodations

Limited Mobility Seating:  seating areas are available for guests with mobility limitations. If your guest is in a wheelchair or uses a walker, please contact the Registrar’s Office (906-487-2319) or registrar@mtu.edu by Friday, April 21, 2017 for ceremony accommodations. Ushers will be on hand for assistance. Michigan Tech is unable to provide wheelchairs.

Other Accommodations: a sign language interpreter is present throughout the ceremony to assist the hearing impaired.

Handicap Parking: handicap parking is available. However, there is a large volume of attendees and all parking is on a first-come, first-served basis.