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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: Midyear Commencement is at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, December 14, 2019 in the Varsity Gymnasium of the Student Development Complex (SDC). See map.

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.

Venue Information

The Varsity Wood 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 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, December 4, 2019 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.