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Commencement Information

Commencement Ceremonies 

Due to rain and cooler temperatures in the forecast through Saturday, the SAU Commencement ceremonies on May 11 will now take place in the McDonald Athletic Center (MAC).

Each ceremony will take place in the Arena. Graduates will now check-in prior to the ceremonies in Dunckel Gym (attached to the MAC). Please see the campus map that shows the location of events as well as parking options.

There will be a drop-off location on 2nd Street by the MAC. Accessible (ADA) parking will be located on the West side. All parking lots on campus will be open to commencement participants and guests. Shuttles will run 45 minutes prior to and after the ceremony.

The graduates will be divided into the following two ceremonies: 

May 11 at 10:00 a.m. – Traditional campus students

May 11 at 1:00 p.m. – Graduate students who completed Doctoral and Master’s degrees, as well as Undergraduate students enrolled in programs online, via Zoom, or at SAU’s sites around Michigan and Ohio

Fall 2024 Commencement will be held in October 2024.

Baccalaureate/Cutting of the Ivy

A baccalaureate service is held the Friday prior to Commencement at 7:00 p.m. at the Arbor Church for on-campus students. Graduates should come in their regalia and should be seated in the graduate section. Their guests will sit in the back sections of the auditorium. The Cutting of the Ivy ceremony will be on the Plaza immediately following the service.

Diplomas 

After a degree is conferred and posted to the transcript, diplomas are mailed to those graduates who have satisfied all financial obligations to SAU, including the return of textbook rentals and any fines applied after the semester concludes. Your Diploma will arrive 6-8 weeks following the conferral of your Degree.

Participation Requirements 

All graduates must be cleared for participation in commencement through the Office of Registration and Records. If you have any questions regarding your standing, please contact one of the following members of staff.

Global Sites & Online: Your academic advisor
Spring Arbor Campus: Amber Delezenne at 517.750.6517
Graduate Programs: Your academic advisor

Academic Honors 

Graduation honors are awarded to bachelor’s degree candidates for four levels of performance: Summa Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, Cum Laude, and Cum Dignitate.

For questions regarding honors eligibility, please contact one of the following members of staff.

Spring Arbor Campus: Amber Delezenne at 517.750.6517
Global Sites & Online: Your academic advisor

Caps & Gowns

Complete your cap and gown order online by at least one month prior to Commencement. Please make sure to ship your order directly to your place of residence, as campus pick-up will not be available. If you have any questions regarding caps and gowns, please email SAU’s Oak Hall representative, Andy Gillespie, at gownman@gmail.com.

Parking 

All parking lots on campus will be open to commencement participants and guests. Permits will not be required. Parking attendants will direct traffic. Please do not park on the street. Drop-off locations will be on College Street and the Main Entrance.

Accessible Parking & Seating 

Accessible parking will be available in the parking lot nearest the ceremony. Parking attendants will direct traffic and will assist with your parking needs. Accessible seating will be available throughout the venue.

Campus Map

Spring Arbor University is located in Spring Arbor, Michigan. A link to the campus map is provided here: https://www.arbor.edu/about/visit-campus/campus-maps/

Accommodations 

There are many dining and lodging options in Jackson, Michigan, which is eight miles away from campus.

Live Stream 

Those unable to attend may view the commencement ceremonies live online. 

Graduate Photographs 

A professional photographer will take two pictures of each graduate, one of the graduate receiving their diploma cover (or hood) and another of the graduate posed with their diploma cover. Proofs will be mailed to each graduate.

Graduation Announcements 

Graduation announcements can be ordered from Balfour at https://www.balfour.com/springarbor

Bookstore Hours

The SAU Campus Store will be open the Saturday of commencement. The bookstore is located on the upper level of the Student Life Center on College Street.