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 5, 2018 in the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena of the Student Development Complex (SDC).

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

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

Future Ceremonies: Midyear Commencement 2018 will be held Saturday, December 15, 2018 and Spring Commencement 2019 will be held Saturday, May 4, 2019.

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.


Limited Mobility Seating:  a seating 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 Wednesday, April 25, 2018 to discuss ceremony accommodations. Ushers will be on hand for assistance.

Other Accommodations: a sign language interpreter is present throughout the ceremony for anyone needing these services.

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.