SNRE Spring Commencement

Event Date: 
Saturday, April 29, 2017, 1:00 pm

SNRE and PitE graduates from December 2016, Winter 2017, and Summer 2017 are invited to participate in SNRE's ceremony at Rackham Auditorium. Students must arrive between 12-12:15 pm for check in. Doors open for guests at 12:30 pm. Tickets are not required, but we ask that you bring no more than 4 guests so we have room for everyone. Join us immediately following the ceremony for light refreshments from Zingerman's in Palmer Commons, Great Lakes Room (4th floor). All are welcome!

Student Information

Commencement Day, Check-In Procedures

      • Students must arrive between 12:00-12:15 pm and check in at registration tables
      • Auditorium doors will open for guests at 12:30 pm
      • Students will begin to line up at 12:50 pm
      • Procession begins at 1 pm

Printed Commencement Program
Students who apply for graduation in Wolverine Access by Monday, March 6 will be included in the SNRE commencement program.

Special Seating
To request special seating accommodations, email by Monday, April 17.

Academic Attire
All graduating students are required to dress in full academic attire. Academic attire can be purchased at various Ann Arbor locations. A limited number of graduate gowns, caps and hoods are also available to borrow from SNRE Student Government on a first come, first served basis. These can be picked up during Sustain-a-ball ticket sales April 3-14 in the Dana First Floor Commons, 11 am-2 pm on weekdays. Please contact Charlotte Weinstein ( with any questions.

      • Undergraduate students
        • Cap
        • Undergraduate gown
        • Tassel
      • Graduate students
        • Cap
        • Graduate gown
        • SNRE hood
        • SNRE tassel
      • Hood/Tassel Colors
        • Master's hood and tassel = Dark Russet
        • PhD hood = Royal Blue

Register for SNRE Ceremony
If you plan to attend our commencement, please take 5 minutes to submit the 
Photography Registration Form no later than Friday, April 21. Data will be printed onto a Name Card that you will pick up at registration tables the day of the ceremony. You will hand the card to the reader before crossing the stage, as it contains the phonetic spelling of your name.

Name Pronunciation Help
In addition to the phonetic spelling on the Name Card, a voice recorder will be available for use in OAP (1520 Dana) from April 17-21 for you to record the proper pronunciation of your name. This additional step is an optional opportunity to clarify name pronunciation.

Call Photography is the official SNRE photographer. They will be taking INDIVIDUAL photos of each student as they cross the stage. Students will also be asked to participate in a class GROUP photo on the front steps of Rackham following the ceremony.

Form information will also be used by the photography team to track your photos. Call Photography will send you an email within 72 hours of the ceremony with links to your personal images, class group image, and coupon for 10% off your order. Use offer code snred17 to receive one FREE digital image as a special welcome gift from SNRE Alumni Relations. To ensure proper delivery of messages to your inbox, add to your email contacts.

Free parking is available in all U-M parking structures on April 29. Parking structures have limited availability and fill up quickly, so please plan extra time to find a parking spot or use public transportation to arrive on time.

Our commencement speaker this year is Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha. Dr. Mona, as she is commonly called, is also an alumna of SNRE, as well as the School of Public Health, a pediatrician with the Hurley Medical Center in Flint, and a key figure in exposing the Flint water crisis and its effects on Flint's children.

Other U-M Ceremonies & Receptions
Students are invited to attend other ceremonies and receptions during graduation weekend. Dual degree graduate students may also have separate ceremonies and/or receptions for their second school or college. Each event may require its own registration, deadlines, and/or tickets, so please review event links below for more information. 
Thursday, April 27, 2017
4:30 pm
Rackham Graduate Exercises (graduate students)
Friday, April 28, 2017
10 am
Hill Auditorium

PitE Graduation Reception (undergraduate students)
Friday, April 28, 2017
5:30-6:30 pm
Fireside Cafe, Pierpont Commons

U-M Spring Commencement (all students - tickets required)
Saturday, April 29, 2017
10 am
Michigan Stadium

Next Steps Following Commencement

Visit the U-M Commencement, Diplomas page for additional information. The standard Rackham diploma is 8.5x11".

Keep Your UMich Email Account
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New Alumni Status
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Rackham Auditorium, 915 E. Washington, Ann Arbor, MI 48109