Congratulations, Huskies—you did it! The pride you feel now will only grow stronger with time. Your Michigan Tech family and our community joins you and your loved ones in celebrating your completion of this journey.
Video celebration messages are now available from our student speaker Tanner Sheahan, President Koubek, and others.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the graduation celebration the same as commencement?
No. The graduation celebration is our way of recognizing graduates from the classes of 2020 and 2021 who are unable to have a commencement ceremony. The day includes a walk through campus for the graduate and their guests, performances by the Huskies Pep Band, and photo opportunities at designated stops along the walking path. In addition, graduates will have the opportunity to sign their class banner. Faculty and staff have been invited to stand along the walking route during specific times based on College. There will be no formal speeches and graduates will not be recognized individually or receive their diploma cover. In June, graduates will receive a Graduation Pack in the mail which will include items typically presented during formal commencement. Please attend the celebration during the time you registered for. You may leave when you're ready to do so.
What is the difference between commencement and the graduation celebration?
Commencement is a formal ceremony during which degrees and diplomas are conferred on graduates. At Michigan Tech, commencement also involves speeches and engagement with faculty, staff, University leadership, and distinguished guests. Due to size restrictions affecting gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are unable to hold commencement. The graduation celebration is an informal walk through campus for the graduate and their guests and includes performances by the Huskies Pep Band and photo opportunities along the walking path. Faculty and staff have been invited to stand along the walking route during specific times based on College. In addition, graduates will have the opportunity to sign their class banner. Faculty and staff have been invited to stand along the walking route to add to the festivities. Graduates will receive their diploma and diploma cover in the mail in the months to follow.
When is the graduation celebration?
The graduation celebration will take place from 12:30 pm - 5:30 pm on Friday, April 30. Graduates will be able to sign up for a specific time frame to attend with their guests.
How do I register?
Students can fill out the Spring 2021 Celebration Form. Please fill out the form no later than Wednesday, April 7. You will be asked to provide the following information: Name, M number, graduation date, arrival time and the number of guests in your party.
Will you provide professional graduation photos?
Yes, students may book an appointment to have a professional photo taken in the afternoon
on Wednesday, April 28 from 4 pm - 6 pm or Thursday, April 29 from 9 am - 4 pm. Please
complete the online Photo Registration form to book your appointment. Space is limited and we encourage you to secure your appointment
early. Photos will be available for purchase through GradImages. GradImages will contact the graduate within a few weeks of the celebration with
photo options. Pricing will vary based on the package selected. Students with questions
can contact the Customer Service Department at GradImages by calling 1-800-261-2576
or emailing ecc.giservice@
What can I expect the day of the graduation celebration?
Graduates and their families are invited to participate in a graduation walk on the beautiful grounds of Michigan Tech. There will be many photo opportunities along the way, a performance by the Michigan Tech Pep band at the top of each hour and the opportunity to sign the Class of 2020 or the Class of 2021 graduate banner. Several departments will also be stationed around campus to congratulate our students.
Is there a map for the graduation celebration walk?
We've created an interactive map of the graduation celebration walk. Printed copies of the map will be available at the information tents on the day of the celebration.
What health and safety protocols are in place for the graduation celebration?
Michigan Tech remains committed to the health and safety of our campus community.
All guests and graduates will be required to wear a face covering at all times and
groups will be asked to practice social distancing during the event. Please note that
all visitors will be required to complete the COVID-19 Visitor Symptom Tracking Form prior to their arrival on campus.
In addition, Public Safety and Police Services, Campus Emergency Medical Services as well as Mercy Ambulance will be present on campus during the graduation celebration.
Should I wear regalia?
Regalia is encouraged, but not required. The deadline to order regalia through Herff Jones was April 8. If you missed the deadline and would like to order regalia, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. If you placed an order with Herff Jones and have questions regarding your order, contact Michele Nash from Herff Jones at email@example.com or 248-667-9018.
I am an undergraduate student earning academic honors. How do I get my honor cords?
If you are an undergraduate student earning academic honors, you will be able to pick up your honors cords and at the Campus Store Buyback Window beginning Monday, April 26, through Thursday, April 29, from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm. You will need to present a photo ID. If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am a legacy student. How do I get my legacy tassel?
If you are a legacy student (your parent or grandparent also graduated from Michigan Tech), you will be able to pick up your legacy tassel at the Campus Store Buyback Window beginning Monday, April 26, through Thursday, April 29, from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm. You will need to present a photo ID. If you have any questions, please contact email@example.com.
How many guests can I bring?
Graduates may bring up to six guests.
What if it rains or snows?
Out of an abundance of caution, the graduation celebration will take place outdoors (rain or shine) to maintain proper social distancing. Masks will be required at all times. We encourage families to bring umbrellas and dress appropriately.
Will free parking be available?
Yes, free parking will be available on a first come, first served basis. Watch for signs around campus. Also, all metered parking will be free during the graduation celebration.
Will RV parking be available?
Yes, in lots 10W and 24. Please note, overnight parking will not be allowed.
Will there be food or other concessions?
The North Coast Deli located in the Memorial Union Building, The Library Cafe and
the Campus Store will be open during the celebration. They will be open during the
North Coast Grill and Deli: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Library Cafe: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Campus Store: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
The Memorial Union Building and the Library will have limited capacity indoor seating areas. Guests may also sit outside at one of the many picnic tables on campus.
Are pets allowed to participate in the graduation celebration?
Please refer to the MTU pet policy for more information.
What else is there to do in the Keweenaw that weekend?
Visit the Keweenaw Convention & Visitors Bureau website for details and to see if businesses are offering graduation specials. The Keweenaw Mountain Lodge, located in Copper Harbor, is offering a special menu for graduation weekend, as well as special offers for graduates and families.
Can you smoke or vape on campus?
Michigan Tech is committed to providing a healthy, safe and clean campus community. For this reason, the University has gone Tobacco free, Smoke free, and Vapor free. The use of all tobacco products and vapor e-cigarettes is prohibited on all Michigan Tech-owned or leased properties. Students, faculty, staff and visitors are asked to respect the Tobacco and E-cigarette-free Initiative and help us create a healthier campus.
Graduates, you've done an amazing job! If you have any questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
A few things to note:
- Graduates should arrive no later than 9:30 a.m.
- Guests are provided audience seating and do not sit with the graduates.
- The ceremony lasts approximately two and a half hours.
- The SDC is a tobacco and alcohol-free facility.
- 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.
- Show your Husky Pride and use #mtugrad when posting on social media.
Neither participation in the commencement ceremony nor inclusion in the program constitutes official completion of degree requirements or the attainment of honors or other recognitions.
Graduates do not receive their diploma at the commencement ceremony. Diplomas are mailed to the graduate approximately six weeks after degree requirements are met.