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Commencement Information

Processional & Ceremony

May 16, 10 a.m. Morning Ceremony (Spring Arbor campus undergraduate students)
At 9:00 a.m. all graduates must be in Dunckel Gymnasium. The processional will begin at 9:50 a.m. and the ceremony will start at 10:00 a.m. 

May 16, 2:00 p.m. Afternoon Ceremony (Off-campus, online, and graduate degree students)
At 1:00 p.m. all graduates must be in Dunckel Gymnasium. The processional will begin at 1:50 p.m. and the ceremony will start at 2:00 p.m. 

*Graduates will be organized by program. Please note that there is no secure place to leave personal items.


As graduates cross the platform during the graduation ceremony, they will only receive diploma covers. Each graduate’s diploma will be mailed to the address listed on his or her graduation application. Diplomas will be mailed the first of the month following the clearance of graduates’ academic records and financial account and the submission of his or her graduation application.

Participation Requirements

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

Global Sites & Online: Jan Hultman at 517.750.6529
Spring Arbor Campus: Elaina Evans at 517.750.6518
Graduate Programs: Your academic advisor

Academic Honors

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

For questions regarding honors eligibility, please contact
Spring Arbor Campus: Elaina Evans at 517.750.6518
Global Sites & Online: Your academic advisor

Caps & Gowns

Complete your cap & gown order online by March 22nd to avoid a late fee. If you have any questions regarding caps and gowns, call Elaina Evans at 517.750.6518. Caps and gowns are yours to keep and do not need to be returned. The final deadline for online orders is April 24th. 

Cap & Gown Pick-up

Spring Arbor Campus: If you order your cap and gown before March 13th, you can pick it up at the Grad Fair on April 7th. Any orders placed after March 13th can be picked up in the Office of Registration & Records during normal business hours between Monday, May 4th and Thursday, May 14th. 

Global Sites and Online: All orders must be shipped to your home.

Name Pronunciation

We want to ensure that our students’ graduation experience is the best it can be. Please send an email to to provide the proper pronunciation of your name. Without your verification, we cannot ensure the correct pronunciation of your name on graduation day. 


All parking lots on campus will be open to commencement participants and guests. Permits will not be required. Parking attendants will direct traffic. Limited shuttle service will be available.

Parents with Young Children

There will be a designated room upstairs in the McDonald Athletic Center where parents can bring their children if needed. SAU will not be providing supervision. There will be a live stream broadcast of the ceremony in the room. 

Wheelchair Accessible Parking & Seating

Wheelchair accessible parking will be available in the parking lot nearest the MAC. Parking attendants will be directing traffic and will assist you with your parking needs.

There will be some seating available on the ground floor at the commencement ceremonies. If wheelchair access is needed, please see an usher for assistance.


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

Tickets & Seating

There is no reserved seating at commencement. Tickets are not required for any commencement activities.

Live Stream

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

  • Go to
  • Click the box on the right with the red banner that says “Click to watch now LIVE.”
  • Click the box labeled “Commencement.”

Graduate Photographs

A professional photographer will take two pictures of each graduate, one of the graduate receiving his or her diploma cover and another of the graduate posed with his or her diploma cover. Two small proofs will be mailed to each graduate.

Bookstore Hours

The campus bookstore will be open the Friday before commencement from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the Saturday of commencement from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The bookstore is located on the upper level of the Student Life Center on College Street.

Commencement Flowers

Enactus will sell roses at commencement as a fundraiser. Sales will begin when doors open for commencement. Available in red, yellow, pink, and white, the flowers will be wrapped while you wait. Look for the flower table near the arena entrance.

Graduation Announcements

Graduation announcements can be ordered from Balfour at