Information for Graduates & Guests

What is the date of Commencement?

Friday, May 13, 2016

What is the location of Commencement?

Hill Auditorium
825 North University
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1276

What is the time schedule for Commencement?

2:00 p.m. Graduates and Faculty arrive at the East entrance to Hill Auditorium to robe and
line up for the processional

East entrance of Hill Auditorium open for physically challenged guests to enter

2:15 p.m. Doors to Hill Auditorium open to the public

2:55 p.m. All guests to be seated

3:00 p.m. Processional begins with ceremony following

5:30 – 6:00 p.m. APPROXIMATE end time of ceremony

Dean’s Reception immediately following ceremony at the Michigan League.

How many guests may each graduate have and are tickets required for this event?

There is unlimited seating for guests. Tickets ARE NOT required. Seating is on a first come-first serve basis.

I have a physically challenged guest, what do I do?

If someone in your party is in need of special accommodations, please contact Ms. Denise Brennen in the Office of Medical Student Education by Friday, May 6th to make arrangements ((734-763-6362 or

Hearing Impaired guest?

An American Sign Language interpreter will be present on stage for the duration of our ceremony.

What is the attire for graduates?

All graduates must wear medical school academic attire.  This is ordered by the student through The Oak Hall Cap & Gown Company.  You may order online at Click on the University of Michigan link at the bottom left hand side of the page.  Deadline for ordering without late fees is April 1, 2016.

Contact person at Oakhall is: Andy Gillespie

When and Where is Commencement attire picked up by the graduates?

Graduates pick up their cap and gown orders at the Office of Medical Student Education - C5124 Medical Science Building I (734-764-0219)

Hours of Cap and Gown Pick Up:
Wednesday, May 11th:  11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 12th:  10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Can someone else pick up my attire?

If you would like someone else to pick up your gown for you, please send a note with this person confirming that they may pick up your attire.

Where do I return my cap and gown after Commencement?

Caps and gowns are to be turned in at Hill Auditorium after the graduation ceremony. Andy Gillespie from the Oak Hall Cap and Gown Company will be there to collect your attire.

If graduate is receiving an honor cord to wear at Commencement, where and when can those be picked up?

Honor cords are picked up at Hill Auditorium when the graduate arrives to robe and line up for the processional on Friday, May 13th.

When do graduates need to arrive at Hill Auditorium and where do they need to go?

All graduates must arrive at Hill Auditorium by 2:00 p.m. on May 13th. Please use the East entrance of Hill Auditorium and go up one flight (look for signs directing you where to go). Graduates will pick up a card for photographer, name pronunciation card and honor cords, robe, and line up alphabetically for the processional.

Is there a rehearsal for Commencement?

There will NOT be any rehearsal for this ceremony. Instructions for the processional, etc. will be given to the graduates when they arrive at Hill Auditorium for the Commencement Ceremony on May 13th.

Will there be a photographer?

Photographs of all graduates will be taken by Graduation Foto when they cross the stage to receive their diploma.  A photo card will be given to the graduate when they arrive at Hill Auditorium on May 13th.  This will need to be filled out and handed in so that Graduation Foto can send/email graduates their proofs for ordering. Graduates are not obligated to purchase any of these photos.

Follow this link to Graduation Foto website in case you would like to login to view and order pictures following the ceremony.

Will the Medical School Ceremony be videotaped?

Yes, we will be recording the Commencement Ceremony to be played back on the Medical School Home Page following the event.  A link will be provided to all graduates once it is up and running.  This is for your enjoyment as well as for your families, and friends - especially those who will not be able to attend the ceremony!

Who is the Commencement Speaker?

The Commencement Speaker will be James O. Woolliscroft, M.D.

What/When/Where is the Deans Reception and are tickets required?

The Dean’s Reception is an informal reception honoring the 2016 graduates of the Medical School. It will take place immediately following the Commencement Ceremony at the Michigan League. All graduates, their guests and faculty are invited. No RSVP or tickets are required.

What about parking?

The parking structures on Thayer, Fletcher and  Palmer will be open to park for free after 1:00 p.m. on Friday, May 13th, and will remain open through the evening (Parking Structure Map). Handicap parking is available in all of these structures.  If you are parking on the street, you must pay the parking meters, as that is enforced by the city of Ann Arbor.

What should I do if I do not plan on participating in Commencement?

We will need to know if you will not be participating in Commencement. Please provide us with the information we will need to get you your diploma following Commencement soon by contacting Ms. Denise Brennenr at (734-763-6362 or

Where can we purchase graduation announcements or a picture frame for our diploma?

By going to the Herff Jones web site (see link below), you will be able to order graduation announcements specifically for the University of Michigan Medical School, as well as a frame that will fit your medical school diploma, which is a very large size.  
Enter School Name: University of Michigan Medical School

Central Campus Commencement Information?

For those of you who would like to inquire about the Central Campus Commencement Ceremony on April 30, 2016, please go to the following link:

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