Commencement Ceremonies at Southwestern Michigan College in Dowagiac

Congratulations on your upcoming graduation from Ferris State University!

As a Ferris Statewide & Online student, you have the option to participate in our Ferris Commencement Ceremony in Dowagiac, held in conjunction with Southwestern Michigan College.

Saturday, May 4, 2019
11:00 a.m.

Charles O. Zollar Building
58900 Cherry Grove Road, Dowagiac, MI 49047

If you plan to participate in the Dowagiac Commencement, RSVP via email at [email protected] no later than March 26, 2018.

On the day of the event, please plan to arrive at the Barbara Wood Building no later than 9:30 a.m. A light continental breakfast will be available to graduates.

All seats are available on a first-come basis to families and guests. Southwestern Michigan College will distribute tickets to Ferris graduates in late April.

Graduation Reception

In addition to the Commencement ceremony itself, we provide a reception for our graduates. The reception is a nice opportunity to celebrate with your guests, classmates, instructors, and staff. Our Dowagiac reception will be Thursday, April 18, 2019, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Barbara Wood Building, room 456.  To RSVP for the graduation reception, please email us at [email protected].

Caps and Gowns

All candidates walking in the ceremonies must wear the traditional regalia (cap, gown, and tassel). More information regarding ordering your caps, gowns, and announcements is available on the commencement website.

Please note: You may order your regalia online at and have it shipped to your home. You do not need to drive to Big Rapids to order it!

Honor Cords

Honor cords will be provided (if you qualify) to Ferris - Dowagiac students on the day of the event. Academic honors designations (see Graduation Information) for commencement only are based on your accumulated GPA at Ferris, excluding the Spring 2019 semester.


Your diploma will be mailed to you approximately six (6) weeks after the completion of your degree requirements. You will receive a confirmation email sent to your email address from Ferris Diploma Status the day the diploma is mailed.