December 2016 Commencement
Saturday, December 17, 2016
Commencement Program PDF
Check the full schedule of ceremonies to find out when your college's ceremony will be held.
Plan to attend the Grad Fair on November 3rd, to purchase your cap & gown and receive information for your e-tickets.
Check out the video messages created at the Grad Fair for December 2015 ceremonies. View the Grad Fair video on YouTube.
Even if you can't attend the ceremonies in person, you can still be a part of your graduate's special day. You can watch the ceremonies on Ferris Cable TV channel 22 or you can click on the link below to watch the ceremonies live.
Important Things You Should Know:
- All degree candidates are required to file a formal application for graduation no
later than the mid-point of the semester prior to your anticipated graduation date.
Your academic advisor will assist you with the completion of your graduation clearance
- If the application for graduation is not filed with the graduating student's college Commencement Coordinator by Friday, October 14, 2016, their name will not appear in the December 2016 Commencement program. In order to have the program printed and back in time for the ceremonies we have to
adhere to these deadlines.
- Participating in commencement is not a certification of graduation, but rather a ceremony
that celebrates a student's academic achievements. Therefore, participation in any
Commencement ceremony does not affirm that a student has satisfactorily completed
all degree requirements. Students must satisfy all of their degree requirements before
they receive their diploma.
Students are permitted to participate in Commencement if they are close to completing their graduation requirements. For example, if a student needs to take a course or two during summer semester to finish their program, they may participate in May Commencement or wait until December Commencement.
- Ferris Statewide and online students who wish to participate in a Big Rapids campus ceremony will attend with their affiliated
Note: Ferris State University does not have a summer Commencement ceremony.