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Announcement

Rackham Graduate School will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 22. We will return at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, November 27. During the holiday, there will be no processing of application materials and no updates to your Wolverine Access account. After we reopen, there will be a delay in processing application materials. Thank you for your patience as we process the high volume of materials.

Commencement and Eligibility

Commencement and Rackham Graduate Exercises (RGE)

Commencement is a ceremony that is held in honor of the completion and/or in anticipation of your fulfilling all academic requirements at the University of Michigan. The Rackham Graduate Exercises is a ceremony held only for master's or doctoral graduates who received their degrees through the Rackham Graduate School.

Rackham Graduate students who meet eligibility criteria can participate in both the Rackham Graduate Exercises and Commencement. Schools and colleges may also have separate ceremonies for their graduating students.

Academic Attire and Preparing for Commencement

Academic attire, cap and gown, is required for all graduates who plan to participate in Rackham Graduate Exercises. Visit the Rackham Graduate Exercises website for more information on how to prepare for Commencement.

Commencement Eligibility for Rackham Masters or Certificate Students

Commencement Eligibility for Rackham Masters or Certificate Students
Masters or Certificate Expected Term of Graduation Deadline for Name to Appear in Commencement Booklet for Term Final Deadline to Apply to Graduate for the Term Commencement Eligibility
Summer (August) 2017 March 5, 2017 August 15, 2017
  • December 2017 Winter Commencement
  • April 2018 Rackham Graduate Exercises
  • April 2018 Spring Commencement
Fall (December) 2017 October 16, 2017 December 12, 2017
  • December 2017 Winter Commencement
  • April 2018 Rackham Graduate Exercises
  • April 2018 Spring Commencement
Winter (April) 2018 March 5, 2018 April 17, 2018
  • April 2018 Rackham Graduate Exercises
  • April 2018 Spring Commencement
  • December 2018 Winter Commencement
Summer (August) 2018 March 5, 2018 August 14, 2018
  • April 2018 Rackham Graduate Exercises
  • April 2018 Spring Commencement
  • December 2018 Winter Commencement
  • April 2019 Rackham Graduate Exercises
  • April 2019 Spring Commencement

Commencement Eligibility for Rackham Doctoral Students

All requirements must be complete, final, and approved by Rackham, no later than 5:00 p.m. eastern time on the deadline day.

Commencement Eligibility for Rackham Doctoral Students
Doctoral Defense Term (expected term of final enrollment) Deadline All Requirements Must Be Completed to Receive Degree for Degree Conferral Date Degree Conferral Date Commencement Eligibility Name Will Appear in Commencement Booklet
Spring/Summer 2017 August 4, 2017 August 18, 2017
  • December 2017 Winter Commencement
  • April 2018 Rackham Graduate Exercises
  • April 2018 Spring Commencement (does not include hooding)
December 2017 Winter Commencement
Spring/Summer 2017 (Grace Period) September 25, 2017 December 17, 2017
  • December 2017 Winter Commencement
  • April 2018 Rackham Graduate Exercises
  • April 2018 Spring Commencement (does not include hooding)
December 2017 Winter Commencement
Fall 2017 November 13, 2017 December 17, 2017
  • December 2017 Winter Commencement
  • April 2018 Rackham Graduate Exercises
  • April 2018 Spring Commencement (does not include hooding)
December 2017 Winter Commencement
Fall 2017 (Grace Period) January 23,2018 April 27, 2018
  • April 2018 Rackham Graduate Exercises
  • April 2018 Spring Commencement (does not include hooding)
April 2018 Rackham Graduate Exercises
Winter 2018 April 3, 2018 April 27, 2018
  • April 2018 Rackham Graduate Exercises
  • April 2018 Spring Commencement (does not include hooding)
April 2018 Rackham Graduate Exercises
Winter 2018 (Grace Period) May 21, 2018 August 17, 2018
  • December 2018 Winter Commencement
  • April 2019 Rackham Graduate Exercises
  • April 2019 Spring Commencement (does not include hooding)
December 2018 Winter Commencement
Spring/Summer 2018 August 2, 2018 August 17, 2018
  • December 2018 Winter Commencement
  • April 2019 Rackham Graduate Exercises
  • April 2019 Spring Commencement (does not include hooding)
December 2018 Winter Commencement
Spring/Summer 2018 (Grace Period) September 24, 2018 December 16, 2018
  • December 2018 Winter Commencement
  • April 2019 Rackham Graduate Exercises
  • April 2019 Spring Commencement (does not include hooding)
December 2018 Winter Commencement