Commencement Extras

Class Tributes

The Class Tribute program offers you the opportunity to publicly recognize and honor someone who has played a special role in your life and in your Michigan Tech education.


A professional photographer is on hand to take photos of each graduate as he or she is congratulated on stage. Proofs and ordering information is sent to your home address within four to six weeks of graduation. You can also access the proofs on the GradImages website.

Also following commencement, GradImages photographers will be circulating outside the commencement venue to capture additional candid photographs of the graduates and their guests. The GradImages staff will be wearing red vests, so they'll be highly visible and easy to locate.

University photographers are at the event taking pictures, which are shared on social media, including Facebook and Flickr.

There are dedicated photo locations at the Commencement Celebration in the SDC Multipurpose Room after the ceremony.

Guests may take pictures during the ceremony. However we ask that you remain seated, so you do not disrupt the ceremony or block the view of others.

Celebratory Events

President's Reception for Graduates

President Richard J. Koubek will host a reception for graduates and their families from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 1, 2020. The reception will be held in the Memorial Union Ballroom (MUB). Complimentary hors d'oeuvres will be provided and a cash bar will be available. Business casual attire is requested. Please RSVP (requested but not necessary). If you have any questions, please contact the President's Office at 906-487-2200.

Commencement Celebration

We are very proud to welcome you to the Michigan Tech alumni family. You join more than 73,000 members, living and working in 100 nations around the world. Your Michigan Tech Alumni Board of Directors invites you, your family, and friends to a special celebration right after the commencement ceremony in the SDC Multipurpose Room (see map), a short indoor walk from the ceremony. This is a great opportunity to socialize, learn about alumni benefits and services, and enjoy light refreshments. Special areas for taking photos will be provided as well.


Graduation announcements may be purchased directly from Balfour or Herff Jones.

Gifts for the Graduate

The Campus Store and University Images carries a variety of alumni merchandise including diploma frames and alumni gifts and souvenirs.

Local Information

Additional information about the local area is available online.