Commencement FAQs

Information for special accommodations are on the Commencement main page under Special Accommondations.


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-served basis.


Will the ceremony be accessible for the hearing impaired?


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. 

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 – Med Sci II Conference Room 3816.


Pickup Hours:

Wednesday, May 12th: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, May 13th: 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 or email Ms. Kendra Lutes the name of the person picking up your attire at


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 a 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 the day of the ceremony.


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 the day of the ceremony. 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 name pronunciation card and honor cords, robe, and line up alphabetically for the processional.


Is there a rehearsal for Commencement?


There will not be a 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 the day of the ceremony.


Will there be a photographer?


 Photographs of all graduates will be taken by Graduation Foto when they cross the stage to receive their diploma. Nani Hunter will be sending an email with the online form link close to the date of the ceremony. Graduates are not obligated to purchase any of these photos. Please click this link to complete the GradFoto requested information: University of Michigan Medical School-GradFoto Student Information


Will the ceremony be videotaped?


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


What/when/where is the Dean's Reception, and are tickets required?


The Dean’s Reception is an informal reception honoring the 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 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 by contacting Ms. Kendra Lutes at



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


You can order graduation announcements online specifically for the University of Michigan Medical School, as well as a frame that will fit your diploma, which is a very large size.


Online orders: Herff Jones
Enter school name: University of Michigan Medical School


What about the Central Campus Commencement ceremony?


 For those of you who would like to inquire about the Central Campus Commencement Ceremony, please check the U-M Commencement website.



What is the attire for faculty participating in Commencement?

Academic dress (cap and gown) is required for faculty participating in the graduation ceremony. If you plan to participate and have not already submitted your cap and gown order, please contact Ms. Kendra Lutes at or 734-936-1472. The Medical School will pay the rental fee for the cap, gown and hood.

How will faculty get their Commencement attire and where should it be returned?

The Office of Medical Student Education will arrange to transport all faculty graduation regalia to Hill Auditorium the day of Commencement unless you call and make other arrangements. All attire must be returned following the Commencement Ceremony. There will be a designated place to leave attire at Hill Auditorium.

When do faculty need to arrive at Hill and where do they need to go to robe?

Participating faculty should be at Hill Auditorium at 2:00 p.m on the day of the ceremony to robe and line up for the processional. Please enter at the East side of Hill Auditorium and go down one level (look for signs directing you to the correct location). Your cap and gown will already be at Hill Auditorium and staff will be available to help you robe.