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December 2015 Commencement
Saturday, December 12 at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Matthaei Physical Education Center
5101 John C. Lodge, 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 December 2015 Commencement ceremonies will be held on Saturday, December 12, at the Matthaei Physical Education Center. The ceremonies are scheduled for 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Please see the complete ceremony schedule for the time of you ceremony.

If appropriate deadlines are met, students completing their degree requirements in one of the following terms may participate in the December 2015 Commencement ceremonies: (Please see "Apply for Your Degree" below.)

     Spring/Summer 2015
     Fall 2015

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 December Commencement ceremonies.

December 2015 Commencement Ceremony Schedule

10 a.m.

      College of Education
      College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts
       School of Library and Information Science
       School of Medicine (Ph.D./Master's Candidates)
      College of Nursing


2 p.m.

      School of Business Administration
       College of Engineering       
      Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and
             Health Sciences

       School of Social Work

6 p.m.

      College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


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.

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. 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.


The deadline for Spring/Summer Degree Applications was Friday, June 10, 2015. If you completed your degree requirements in the Spring/Summer 2015 term and did not participate inthe May 2015 Commencement ceremony you may participate in the December 2105 Commencement ceremony.


If you will be completing your degree requirements in the Fall term (ending in December 2015) you must complete the online Degree Application through Academia. The deadline to complete the Depree Application is Friday, October 2, 2015. Please be sure you apply for the Fall term. You will them be invited to participate in the December 2015 Commencement ceremonies.

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 phdstudents@wayne.edu for exact requirements you need to complete in order to participate in commencement.

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 Matthaei and the assembly area. Graduates will not be allowed entry without an access pass. Graduates are strongly encouraged to attend Grad Expo to pick up their access pass and guest tickets.

Tickets are required for all guests attending commencement. Each eligible student may receive a maximum of (4) guest tickets. Guest admission to Matthaei is by ticket only. Children ages two and under do not require a ticket. Please note: Strollers, car seats or infant carriers are not allowed in Matthaei.


Grad Expo will be held from 9 a.m. to  6 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, November 17, 18 and 19 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 (4) 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.


If students are unable to attend Grad Expo, access passes and guest tickets will be distributed on the following days and locations:

  • Monday, November 23 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, December 1 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, December 3 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Advanced Technology Education Center (ATEC), 14601 E. Twelve Mile Rd., Warren.

  • Monday, December 7 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 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!


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