Ceremony and Venue

Michigan Tech conducts two commencement ceremonies each year: one at the completion of the fall semester and one at the completion of the spring semester. The Midyear Commencement ceremony is in the Varsity Gymnasium and the Spring Commencement ceremony is in the John J. MacInnes Student Ice Arena. Both venues are located in the Student Development Complex. A ticket is required for entry.

Upcoming Ceremony

Where and When: Midyear Commencement is at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, December 18, 2021 in the Varsity Gymnasium of the Student Development Complex (SDC).

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

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

Venue Information

The Varsity Gymnasium 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: 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 degree@mtu.edu by Monday, December 6, 2021 to discuss ceremony accommodations. Ushers are on hand for assistance.

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