Spring 2020 Commencement
Friday and Saturday, May 8 and 9, 2020

* VIRTUAL CommencementView our virtual commencement details here!

* In light of State and federal recommendations regarding large events due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), we regret to inform you that May 2020 Commencement ceremonies have been cancelled. Plans are being developed on possible alternative approaches to commencement. Additionally, graduates who would have participated in the May 2020 ceremonies will be invited to walk at the Ferris commencements in December 2020 or May 2021.

Our team is working on creative ideas to celebrate our spring 2020 graduates and additional information will be forthcoming. Please take our commencement 2020 survey and share your ideas at:

Thank you for your patience during this time. 

Check the full schedule of ceremonies to find out when your college's ceremony will be held.


Watch Commencement Ceremonies Live

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. Once on this page you will need to click on Ferris State University Cable 22.1 to watch the ceremonies live.

Watch Commencement 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 form.

  • If the application for graduation is not filed with the graduating student's college Commencement Coordinator by Friday, February 28, 2020, their name will not appear in the Spring 2020 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 college.

Note: Ferris State University does not have a summer Commencement ceremony.