CommencementCommencement Ceremonies
at Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City

Congratulations on your upcoming graduation from Ferris State University! We invite you to participate in the Spring 2014 Commencement ceremony honoring your achievements and the successful completion of degree requirements.

You may attend the ceremony at Big Rapids on Friday, May 9 and Saturday, May 10, 2014, or you may choose to attend the ceremony in Traverse City instead of the Big Rapids ceremony.

Commencement in Traverse City takes place in conjunction with Northwestern Michigan College. This year the event will be on:

Saturday, May 3, 2014
2:00 p.m.
Traverse City Central High School Gymnasium
1150 Milliken Drive, Traverse City, MI

Graduates who plan to attend the ceremony must RSVP no later than April 5, 2014, by calling the Traverse City office at (231) 995-1734 or (866) 857-1954.

Seating in the gymnasium is not reserved. All seats are available on a first-come basis to families and guests of graduates. Detailed maps are included in the graduation packet that is mailed out in March to each graduate. Please direct any questions you might have to Ronda Grindel by calling  (231) 995-1738 or emailing

Caps and Gowns

All candidates walking in the ceremonies must wear the traditional cap and gown. Caps and gowns may be purchased from the Lundberg bookstore in Big Rapids by Friday, April 25, 2014 (or you will have to pay extra shipping charges to have it in time for the Flint ceremony). More information regarding ordering your caps, gowns and announcements is available on the commencement website.

Regalia may be purchased at the Graduation Fair on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 from 12 - 5:30 pm in the Rankin Center Dome Room on the in Big Rapids. You may also purchase your cap and gown from the James L. Lundberg Bookstore any time between March 27 and May 3, 2013. To ensure you get the proper gown size you are encouraged to purchase your gown early. After April 23 gown sizes may be limited.  

If you are unable to visit the Graduation Fair or campus in person, you may contact the Bookstore at (231) 591-2607 to request that your cap and gown be shipped to you (a shipping fee will be charged).

If you require a special size, please contact the bookstore prior to April 23, to ensure timely delivery.


Diplomas will be mailed to you by your dean's office approximately 6 to 8 weeks after completion of degree requirements.

Graduation Announcements
Standard graduation announcements may be purchased at the Ferris State University Bookstore in person or by calling (231) 591-2607. Personalized announcements may be ordered by visiting Balfour at If you have a question on the name of the degree or how it should be listed on an announcement please contact your college's commencement coordinator.

Grand Breakfast Buffet: Saturday Morning Before the Ceremony
This is an exciting event in your life, and one you will want to share! Please join us in celebrating your graduation from Ferris by attending the Grand Breakfast Buffet in Traverse City. There will be superb food, great companionship, giveaways, and an opportunity to share your college experiences with your family, friends, Ferris faculty and staff.

Saturday, May 3, 2014
9:00 a.m. Breakfast Buffet
9:30 a.m. Program
11:00 a.m. End
The Hagerty Center
715 E. Front Street, Traverse City, MI
RSVP to (231) 995-1734 or (866) 857-1954