Welcome to the WSU Commencement Website
Commencement marks the culmination of your college experience and celebrates the beginning of very promising futures. For those graduates who wish to participate in the May 2016 Commencement ceremonies, please read the information contained in this site to ensure you have a memorable experience.
Be sure to follow all degree application deadlines and make sure you apply for the term in which you will be completing your degree requirements. Participating in the commencement ceremony does not constitute graduation or that you have successfully completed your degree requirements. Check with your academic advisor to be certain all degree requirements have been completed.
The May Commencement ceremonies are for graduates who will complete their degree requirements in the Winter 2016 term or the Spring/Summer 2016 term.
May 2016 Commencement
Thursday, May 5 at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
2000 Brush Street, Detroit, Michigan
Wayne State University confers degrees for Fall, Winter and Spring/Summer terms and honors its graduates by hosting Commencement ceremonies in December and May. The ceremonies are for students completing degrees only - Ph.D., Ed.D., Doctoral, Master's and Bachelor's.
The May 2016 Commencement ceremonies will be held on Thursday, May 5, at Ford Field. The ceremonies are scheduled for 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Each ceremony will last approximately two (2) hours. Please see the complete ceremony schedule for the time of your ceremony.
If appropriate deadlines are met, students completing their degree requirements in one of the following terms may participate in the May 2016 Commencement ceremonies: (Please see "Apply for Your Degree" below.)
All Ph.D./Ed.D. candidates must check with their advisor and/or dean's office in the Graduate School or the College of Education for the exact requirements needed to complete in order to participate in the May Commencement ceremonies.
Spring/Summer Ph.D. candidates are not eligible to participate in the May Commencement ceremonies.
May 2016 Commencement Ceremony Schedule
College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
School of Library and Information Science
School of Medicine (Ph.D./Master's Candidates)
Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and
Mike Ilitch School of Business
College of Education
College of Engineering
College of Nursing
School of Social Work
Review your STARS Degree Audit in Academica and contact your academic advisor if you are unsure if all your requirements have been met or if you have any questions.
APPLY FOR YOUR DEGREE
All degree candidates must apply to have their degrees certified and to be eligible to participate in Commencement.To submit an application, log into Academica, click on the "Student" tab, and select "Apply for Degree or Certificate" from the Student Records menu. There is a $40 non-refundable certification fee that must be paid before your application for degree certification can be considered. You will not have to pay the $40 fee if you've paid the $250 matriculation fee that was instituted in 2014 for new students to the university. If you need to pay the fee, you will be prompted to do so. Payment must be made at the time of application either by credit card or electronic check. If you are currently registered, you may also choose to add the fee to your student account. NOTE: You will have to apply and pay the $40 fee again if you do not complete your degree requirements in the term of application so please make sure to check with your advisor before applying. Effective Fall 2014, there is not longer an application fee for Graduate, Law and PharmD students.
WINTER 2016 - APPLICATION DEADLINE/PROCESS
If you will be completing your degree requirements at the end of the Winter 2016 term you must complete the online Degree Application through Academica by Friday, February 12, 2016. Be sure to apply for the Winter term. You will then be eligible to participate in the May 2016 Commencement ceremony.
SPRING/SUMMER 2016 - APPLICATION DEADLINE/PROCESS
If you will be completing your degree requirements in the Spring/Summer 2016 term and would like to participate in the May 2016 Commencement ceremony the deadline to complete the Degree Application through Academica is Friday, March 11, 2016. Competing the online application by this date will ensure your eligibility to participate in the May 2016 Commencement ceremony; you will be included on the graduate access pass/guest tickets distribution list and your name will be listed in the program book. If you apply between March 12 and April 22 you may still participate in the ceremony but your name will not be listed in the program book.
Students who apply after April 22 will be invited to attend the December 2016 Commencement ceremony. Graduate access passes and guest tickets will not be distributed after April 22.
The Degree Application deadline for Spring/Summer applicants who choose not to participate in the May Commencement ceremony is Friday, June 10, 2016. Those graduates will then be invited to participate in the December 2016 Commencement ceremony.
Be sure to apply for the term in which you will be completing your degree requirements. If you choose the incorrect term you will have to reapply and pay the $40 fee again.
Walking in commencement does not mean you have completed your degree requirements or that you will receive your diploma. Please verify with both your major advisor in your department and/or your general academic advisor to be certain you have completed all your degree requirements and you have chosen the correct term in which your requirements will be completed. For additional information please visit http://reg.wayne.edu/students/graduation.php for more information.
Ph.D. candidates, please contact the Graduate School Ph.D. Office at firstname.lastname@example.org for exact requirements you need to complete in order to participate in commencement. Spring/Summer Ph.D. candidates are not eligible to participate in the May Commencement ceremony.
Ed.D. candidates, please contact the College of Education Graduate Advising Office at 313-577-1635 for the exact requirements you need to complete in order to participate in commencement.
Graduates are required to have a "Graduate Access Pass" for entry to the stadium and the field and will not be allowed entry without an access pass. Graduates participating in commencement are required to attend Grad Expo or one of the alternate ticket distribution dates to pick up their access pass.
Tickets are required for all guests attending commencement. Each eligible student may receive a maximum of (15) guest tickets. Guest admission to Ford Field is by ticket only. Children ages two and under do not require a ticket. Please note: Ford Field does not allow strollers, car seats or infant carriers in the stadium.
Grad Expo will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, March 29, 30 and 31 at the WSU Welcome Center and WSU Bookstore (northwest corner of Woodward and Warren Avenues).
It is strongly encouraged that those students who wish to participate in their commencement ceremony plan on attending Grad Expo. Grad Expo provides graduates the opportunity to take care of all their commencement needs at one time and only takes a few moments to do so. At Grad Expo graduates will be able to:
- Confirm eligibility to participate
- Receive Commencement Guide containing ceremony schedule, parking information, arrival times, seating, etc.
- Receive graduate access pass
- Pick up guest tickets. Graduates may receive a maximum of (15) guest tickets
- Speak with a representative from the Registrar's Office for questions about diplomas, transcripts or change of address
- Receive information from the WSU Alumni Association
- Speak with a representative from Financial Aid
- Purchase cap and gown
- Order announcements and class rings
- Purchase diploma frame
- And much more
A student photo identification and signature will be required before tickets are released. Tickets will not be released without proper identification. If you are unable to attend Grad Expo you may make arrangements to have your tickets picked up by a family member or friend. You must send a signed permission letter with the name of the person your tickets may be released to and a copy of your student photo identification before tickets will be released.
ALTERNATE TICKET DISTRIBUTION DATES AND LOCATIONS
If students are unable to attend Grad Expo, access passes and guest tickets will be distributed on the following days and locations:
Wednesday, April 6 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the lobby of the Academic Administration Building (AAB), 5700 Cass Ave. (corner of Cass and Palmer)
Tuesday, April 12 from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Oakland Center, 33737 West Twelve Mile Road, Farmington Hills. Directions to the Oakland Center may be found at www.oakland.wayne.edu/center/locattion.php.
Thursday, April 14 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Advanced Technology Education Center (ATEC), 14601 E. Twelve Mile Rd., Warren.
Wednesday, April 20, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the lobby of the Academic Administration Building (AAB), 5700 Cass Ave. (corner of Cass and Palmer)
Friday, April 22 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the lobby of the Academic Administration Building (AAB), 5700 Cass Ave. (corner of Cass and Palmer) THIS IS THE LAST DAY ACCESS PASSES AND GUEST TICKETS WILL BE DISTRIBUTED.
If you are unable to attend Grad Expo or the additional ticket distribution dates please make arrangements to have your access pass and guest tickets picked up by a family member or friend. You must send a signed permission letter with the name of the person your pass and tickets may be released to and a copy of your photo ID.
If you need to make other arrangements to pick your access pass and guest tickets please contact the Commencement Office at 313-577-0300 after Grad Expo.
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLASS RINGS
Announcements and class rings may be ordered and purchased from Balfour, the official university vendor, during Grad Expo. Balfour representatives will be at the WSU Bookstore for assistance.
Please check your WSU email for correspondence and messages from the Commencement Office.
If you have questions regarding you degree application or diploma status, contact the Records Office at 313-577-3531.
For questions concerning academic status, contact your advisor in your college or school.
For questions regarding caps and gowns, announcements, rings or diploma frames, contact the WSU Bookstore at 313-577-2436.
For questions regarding the commencement ceremonies, please call the Commencement Office at 313-577-0300.
Congratulations on your upcoming graduation from Wayne State University!
Wayne State University
5700 Cass Avenue, 4300 AAB, Detroit, MI 48202
Office: 313-577-0300 Fax: 313-577-3128