Doctoral Commencement Ceremony

Friday, May 8, 2020 | 4 p.m.

​Plachta Auditorium, Warriner Hall
​1200 S. Franklin St.
​Mount Pleasant, MI 48859

Cap and Gown

Doctoral candidates must make arrangements to rent or purchase their custom CMU academic apparel by placing their order online at Orders must be placed as soon as possible, but no later than Friday, March 27, 2020 by 5 p.m.

Multiple options are available:

  • Rent the gown and hood for $90. Graduates keep the cap and tassel. The gown and hood are returned to the second floor foyer of Warriner Hall immediately following the ceremony.
  • Purchase the entire doctoral set of custom apparel for $856 (plus tax and shipping). The set includes the tam, tassel, gown and hood.

Please see the ordering website for additional options.

Rented apparel can be picked up from the Bovee University Center Room 102 (Bookstore lower level), located in the Bovee University Center, during the dates and times listed below.

  • Wednesday, May 6, 2020 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 7, 2020 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Friday, May 8, 2020, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Questions regarding cap and gown should be directed to the CMU Bookstore at 989-774-7490.


Tickets are not required for admittance to the doctoral commencement ceremony. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors will open to the public approximately one-hour prior to the ceremony.

Commencement Announcements & Diploma Frames

Personalized announcements may be ordered from CB Announcements or by calling 1-800-433-0296.

Custom diploma frames may be ordered from the CMU Bookstore. The doctoral diploma size is 11" x 14".

Live Webcast

A live video stream of the ceremony will be available here. Copies of the ceremony are not available for sale, however an archive stream will be available following the ceremony. Adobe Flash Player, available free of charge, is required to view the ceremony. We recommend you download Adobe Flash Player well in advance of the time you wish to view the ceremony at

Commencement Day Instructions & Information

Instructions for Graduates

Graduates should report to the second floor of Warriner Hall by 3 p.m. Immediately go to the registration table and tell the attendant your name. You will be given a partially pre-printed card that is used by the reader to announce your name to the audience. Graduates will be lined up for the processional in the third floor hallway of Warriner Hall. Graduates must remain in the order that they are lined up. Graduates should not put their hood on, but leave it unbuttoned and carry it draped over the left arm. The processional enters the auditorium promptly at 4 p.m.

Instructions for Guests

Guests should enter Warriner Hall and go to Plachta Auditorium to locate seats. Doors will open to Plachta Auditorium at approximately 3 p.m. The processional enters the auditorium promptly at 4 p.m. The approximate length of the ceremony is two hours.

Driving Directions

For driving directions use a GPS or online mapping site and enter Central Michigan University, 1200 S. Franklin St., Mount Pleasant, MI 48859.


Candidates for graduation and guests may park free of charge in any lots surrounding Warriner Hall including lots 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 15, 18, 20, 22, 27 and 28. No parking permit is required. A campus map can be viewed here.

Accommodations for Persons with Disabilities

Please contact the Ceremonies and Events Coordinator at or 989-774-7392 (Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.) with requests for accommodations.


Diplomas are not distributed during the commencement ceremonies. Students who are eligible for diplomas receive them by mail. Following the graduation date and upon successful completion of all remaining degree requirements, diplomas will be mailed to the permanent address on record over an eight to ten week period. If graduates need to change their address, they must complete a change of address request through CentralLink at least two weeks prior to the graduation date. Graduates who have an outstanding debt to the university will receive their diploma but final transcripts are not released until the obligation is paid.


Programs will be available for graduates as they line up for the procession and will be available for guests at auditorium entrances.


A professional photographer from GradImages will take photographs of all graduates. Graduates may pre-register on GradImages' website to ensure their proofs are delivered in a timely manner. 

Ceremony Behavior and Protocol

Commencement is an exciting and memorable day for all graduates and their guests, but it is also a solemn one. Graduates and guests are expected to remain for the entire ceremony. Leaving before the ceremony has ended is disruptive and disrespectful to others. The last graduate to cross the stage should expect to receive the same honor as the first. Please show consideration for all graduates by remaining seated until the conclusion of the ceremony.


During the ceremony, graduates and guests should refrain from excessive talking, cheering, use of noisemakers, and any other distractions that take away from the dignity of the ceremony. In addition, electronic devices should be set to vibrate, silent or off. Graduates and guests who are disruptive will be escorted from the ceremony.


Graduates may not carry food or beverages into the ceremony. Beverages are not permitted in Plachta Auditorium and will be confiscated.


At the conclusion of the ceremony, all guests are asked to remain in their seats until the platform party and all graduates have exited the auditorium.

Contact Information

Kyle Pybus-Jerome, Ceremonies and Events Coordinator
Phone: 989-774-7392