Ceremony and Venue

Michigan Tech conducts one commencement ceremony each Fall and two ceremonies each Spring semester. The Midyear Commencement ceremony is in the Varsity Gymnasium, and the Spring Commencement ceremonies are held in the John J. MacInnes Student Ice Arena. Both venues are located in the Student Development Complex. A ticket is required for entry.

Beginning Spring 2023, the Graduate Student ceremony will be held Friday, April 28, 2023 at 3:00 pm and the Undergraduate Student ceremony will be held Saturday, April 29, 2023 at 10:30 am. 

Upcoming Ceremony

Venue Information

The Student Development Complex 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 open.  The SDC is an alcohol-free and tobacco-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. 
  • At the ceremony conclusion please remain in your seats until all graduates have recessed.
  • First aid and Public Safety and Police Services will be available. 


Commencement Speaker

Brenda Ryan

Brenda Ryan

Brenda Ryan is the president and owner of Ryan Industries and Ryan Properties in Wixom, Michigan, and Alliance Industries in Springfield, Missouri. She holds a bachelor's degree in metallurgical and materials engineering from Michigan Technological University and a master's degree in materials science and engineering from the University of Virginia.

Ryan is a Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Production honoree. She was honored as Chrysler Group’s Diversity Supplier of the Year in 2011 and 2020, and was named a National Minority Supplier Development Council Success Story in 2013. She was the Missouri Minorities in Business Small Business Person of the Year of 2013. 

She was inducted into the Michigan Tech Presidential Council of Alumnae in 2002; Michigan Tech’s Academy of Materials Science and Engineering in 2008; and the University’s Academy of Business in 2022.

Ryan is currently the vice-chair of the Board of Trustees for Michigan Tech. She first served on the Board from 1979 to 1989, and was its chair in 1984. She rejoined the Board in 2015, holding the position of vice-chair in 2017 before once again chairing the Board in 2018, 2019, and 2020.