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Information for Graduates and Guests

May 2016 Ceremonies

Prior to Commencement:

  1. Read over the information sent to you by your college's commencement coordinator.  
  2. Attend the Graduation Fair on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 to purchase your cap and gown, print out your allotted number of tickets, order a class ring, order graduation announcements, and win prizes in the University Center. If you are unable to attend the Graduation Fair you may purchase your cap and gown between March 22 and May 3, 2016 at the Ferris State University Bookstore.   Tickets may be printed out at any time on or after March 22 through May 5, 2016.
  3. If you are eligible pick-up or purchase your honor cord. 
  4. After you have purchased your regalia, make sure that you have everything you need. You should have a tassel, a cap and a gown. If you are receiving a master or doctorate degree you should have a gown and a hood. 
  5. Hang your gown up and iron it if needed.
  6. Exit Interviews - If you have a loan, you will need to go through Loan Exit Counseling before you graduate.
  7. Graduating students and guests who require special accommodations should contact the Commencement office by calling 231.591.3803 to make necessary arrangements. 
    Wink Arena is handicap accessible and has several areas available that will accommodate wheelchairs, guest who are unable to climb bleachers, and strollers on the main level. Ushers will be stationed in Wink Arena to assist if you should need help.  If you or a family member requires special accommodations, other than mentioned above, please contact the Commencement office by calling 231.591.3803, at least two weeks prior to the event.
  8. Visit Career Services to have your resume critiqued. Career Services is located in the University Center, Suite 120.
  9. If you have an interview set up and can't afford a suit, visit The First Lady's Attic, located in the University Center, Suite 134. The First Lady's Closet has men's and women's professional clothing and accessories available for students. Just show your student I.D. and walk out with a suit and accessories to go with it.

Before you Leave Home:

  1. Make sure that you have your cap, gown, tassel and hood (if applicable). All graduates must wear the appropriate regalia in order to walk in a Commencement ceremony.
  2. Students planning on participating in a ceremony should plan to arrive 45 minutes prior to the start of their ceremony. The ceremony will start promptly, so don't be late.
  3. Allow extra time for parking. Handicapped parking is available directly west of the Ewigleben Sports Complex in Lot 48.  Wink Arena is handicap accessible and has several areas available that will accommodate wheelchairs, guests who may not be able to climb the bleachers and strollers on the main level.  Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Ushers will be available to assist with seating.  
  4. Make sure you give the tickets to your guests.  Guests will not be allowed into the ceremony without a ticket.


  1. Check-in with your college's Commencement Coordinator located in the Ice Arena. You will receive your name and photo card at that time.
  2. Leave valuables, such as purses and coats, with family members during the ceremony. Please DO NOT leave items unattended. Commencement staff will not be available to watch items left in the Ice Arena.