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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 Varsity Gymnasium and the Spring Commencement is in the John J. MacInnes Student Ice Arena, which are located in the Student Development Complex. A ticket is required for entry.

Upcoming Ceremony

Where and When: Spring Commencement is at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 2, 2020 in the Ice Arena of the Student Development Complex (SDC). See map.

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.

Venue Information

The Ice Arena is open by 8:45 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.


An area is available for guests with mobility limitations. Please have your student contact the Registrar’s Office (906-487-2319) or by Wednesday, April 29, 2020 to discuss ceremony accommodations. Event staff will be on hand for assistance.

A sign language interpreter is present throughout the ceremony.

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