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Commencement Information

Commencement Ceremonies 

Spring Arbor University is excited to host Commencement Ceremonies for fall graduates on Saturday, November 13th. The Ceremony will take place in the McDonald Athletic Center (MAC) at 10:30 a.m.

Diplomas 

Each graduate’s diploma will be mailed to the address listed on his or her graduation application. Diplomas will be mailed on the first of the month following the submission of graduates’ graduation applications and the clearance of their academic records and financial accounts.  

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: Rob Kingsley at 517.750.6527
Spring Arbor Campus: Jaime Devine at 517.750.6518
Graduate Programs: Your academic advisor

We encourage those who think they may wish to attend to RSVP and did not receive a link to our form to please contact jaime.devine@arbor.edu.

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 one of the following members of staff.

Spring Arbor Campus: Jaime Devine at 517.750.6518
Global Sites & Online: Your academic advisor

Caps & Gowns

Complete your cap and gown order online by October 1st. 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, email Jaime Devine at Jaime.Devine@arbor.edu.   

Name Pronunciation 

We want to ensure that your graduation experience is the best it can be. Please call 517.750.6446 and leave a message with the correct pronunciation of your name. Messages will be collected until October 22. 

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. Additional parking is available at The Arbor Church. A drop-off location will be at the East side of the MAC.

Accessible Parking & Seating 

Accessible parking will be available in the parking lot nearest the MAC, entrance off Second Street. Parking attendants will direct traffic and can assist with your parking needs. Accessible seating will be available throughout the gymnasium.

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 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.

Graduation Announcements 

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