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Commencement Frequently Asked Questions

Find the answers to frequently asked questions about commencement at Central Michigan University.

Each ceremony time varies based on the number of graduates attending and other programmatic factors. Generally, ceremonies last between one hour and 45 minutes to two and a half hours, depending on the aforementioned factors.

    Graduates can find their commencement photos by visiting GradImage's website and entering their information.


    No additional tickets are available.

    Children under 3 years of age do not require a ticket.

    Diplomas are not distributed at commencement. Your diploma will be mailed to your permanent address approximately 4-6 weeks following the commencement ceremony. after your degree has been posted to your transcript. Check the Graduation table in Degree Progress and look for the application status of "Degree Awarded" to know if your degree has been posted to your transcript. Your diploma will list your name as it appears on your application for graduation, degree title, major and applicable honors (undergraduate honors only). Graduates with unpaid financial obligations may have a hold placed on their diploma and transcript until the debt is resolved.

    Diploma Information

    Yes, all ceremonies will be livestreamed on our website for family and friends who are unable to attend in person. A recorded version will be available following the ceremony.

    Graduates are welcome to watch the live stream, however only the names of graduates in attendance in-person will be announced.  All eligible graduate names are included in the digital commencement programs that can be found online. 

    Yes. 2020 graduates whose ceremonies were canceled due to the pandemic have an open invitation to participate in any future commencement ceremony. Graduates who would like to participate should complete the Commencement Participation Request form.

    Commencement Participation Request