Commencement Ceremonies Ferris Northern Region Students in Traverse City

Congratulations on your upcoming graduation from Ferris State University! We invite you to participate in the Spring 2019 Commencement ceremony honoring your achievements and the successful completion of your degree requirements.

As a student admitted to an off-campus location, you have the choice of attending the ceremony in Traverse City, the ceremony in Big Rapids, or both! The Traverse City ceremony is on Saturday, May 4. The Big Rapids ceremonies are on Friday & Saturday, May 10-11.

Commencement in Traverse City takes place in conjunction with Northwestern Michigan College and is held at the Central High School gymnasium in Traverse City. This year the event will be on:

Saturday, May 4, 2019
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 to the Traverse City office at (231) 995-1734 or (866) 857-1954.

Tickets are NOT required for commencement in Traverse City. 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 [email protected].

Congratulatory Breakfast Buffet: 9 a.m. Saturday Morning
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 Congratulatory Breakfast Buffet in Traverse City. There will be superb food, great companionship, and giveaways! The Ferris North staff looks forward to seeing you at the breakfast and commencement. What a great day it will be!

Saturday, May 4, 2019 (tickets required)
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
The Hagerty Center
715 E. Front Street, Traverse City, MI
RSVP to (231) 995-1734 or (866) 857-1954

Special Cap & Gown Notes for Traverse City Graduates

In addition to the information below, caps and gowns may be purchased by filling out an order form which will be mailed to you in March. You have the option of picking up your graduation cap and gown from the Traverse City regional office.

Students attending the Traverse City ceremony do not need to purchase honor cords; they will be provided to you at commencement.

Caps and Gowns

All candidates walking in the ceremonies must wear the traditional regalia (cap, gown, and tassel). Regalia may be purchased from the Ferris Bookstore in Big Rapids. More information regarding ordering your caps, gowns, and announcements is available on the commencement website.

Graduation Announcements

Standard graduation announcements may be ordered by filling out the regalia order form included in the graduation packet which will be mailed to you in March. You may also purchase announcements 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 the Traverse City Office.


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.