Caps, gowns, tassels, cords, diploma frames and other graduation information will be available during the Graduation Fair, Tuesday & Wednesday, [Date TBD], 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. in the SVSU Bookstore. Keepsake gowns will be used; they need not be returned. There is no charge for the cap and the gown. Hoods for Masters Candidates may be purchased for $37.99 plus tax ($40.99 for Specialist hood), but are not required. Extra tassels may be purchased for $5.95 (plus tax) each.
There will be no pre-measurements for academic regalia. A variety of sizes are available up to the day before graduation.
If you are not able to attend the Graduation Fair, the items may be picked up from date of the Graduation Fair through Commencement day at the Bookstore during normal business hours. Bookstore hours are Mon-Wed 9am-6pm, Th 9am-5pm, Fri 9am-4pm, closed Saturday & Sunday. For more information contact the Bookstore: 989-964-4277, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Personalized announcements may be ordered at the Graduation Fair Tuesday & Wednesday, [Date TBD], 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., or by calling (877) 225-3687 for credit card orders. Online orders can be placed by visiting www.balfour.com.
No, graduates are asked to arrive at least 90 minutes before the ceremony begins. Graduates will be directed to go to East O'Neill Arena to pick-up their announcer card, assemble, and line-up for the processional. There are signs and SVSU ushers to direct you to the card pick-up tables and college line-up.
East O'Neill Arena (behind the Commencement stage curtain) is the location for both undergraduate and graduate degree students to gather, approximately 90 minutes before the ceremony. Each college (Arts & Behavioral Sciences, Education, etc.) will have a table with the announcer cards available for pick-up and there will be signage for line-up in the same area by college. SVSU Ushers will be available for assistance.
You MUST complete and submit a graduation application by October 1, at 4:30 p.m. to be included in the published Commencement booklet/program. Any additions past October 1 will not be included in the program. You may still be approved to graduate, but we cannot guarantee that your name will be included in the printed program.
The traditional university-issued cap and gown is required. Please iron and hang your gown to eliminate wrinkles. The undergraduate tassel is to be placed on the right side of the mortarboard (cap). The mortarboard is to be parallel with the floor. Graduate level tassels are to be worn on the left side of the mortarboard (cap). Please wear appropriate clothing under the gown. Honors Cords can be worn by those who have achieved such honor. Stoles and other cords may be worn if they represent organizations or recognitions that are affiliated with SVSU.
Honors designations are determined at the completion of the semester prior to the semester of graduation and are linked to the cumulative GPA at that time. Many Commencement participants are enrolled in courses during the semester of graduation and will earn grades that might alter the honors designation. The Commencement program must be prepared before the end of that semester, so the honors designations listed in the Program will pertain to the GPA as it appeared at the completion of the previous semester. The specific honor for each student attaining the honors is printed in the official Commencement program under each student’s name. When the student crosses the stage during the Commencement ceremony, the honor the student received is read after his/her name. The academic honor received is printed on the student’s diploma. The academic honor received is printed on the student’s transcript of grades.
When entering the arena proceeding the ceremony, the undergraduate tassel is to be placed on the right side of the mortarboard (cap). The mortarboard is to be parallel with the floor. Graduate level tassels are to be worn on the left side of the mortarboard (cap).
No, seating is open bleachers and tickets are not needed for any of the Commencement ceremonies. Note that tickets are needed for special accessible areas (wheelchair, walker, etc.) and can be reserved at the Disability Services office.
There are no reserved seats. Members of the audience should arrive early for the best seating locations. Seating should be completed before the processional begins. General seating in the O'Neill Arena is bleacher seating with no back support.
Guests with disabilities may be dropped off at the South entrance to Ryder Center, near the Fitness Center. Chairs or wheelchair space may be reserved for individuals with disabilities. Parking passes for the R Lot are available to guests who are dropping off individuals at the South entrance. To reserve special seating for guests and obtain a parking pass, contact the Office of Disability Services at minimum two weeks prior to commencement at 964-7000 or stop by Wickes Hall 260.
Graduates with special needs should contact The Office of Disability Services (989) 964-7000 no later than two weeks prior to Commencement.
Along the aisles of graduate seating (main floor) there are flags with each college name and a flag for Masters degrees. Guests should locate the flag for your college to determine which side you will be seated. All graduates enter the right side of the stage, walk across the stage to shake hands with the SVSU President and exit on the left side of the stage.
Before the Commencement ceremony, you will line up by college in the East O'Neill Arena. An usher will lead your processional line down the hall and into the main O'Neill Arena floor. From there you will be directed to the row you will be seated. Following the Commencement speaker, the Deans of each college will call forward their graduates. An usher will lead your row out to the aisle, you will be directed up the right-side of the stage and will give your announcer card to the Announcer who will read your name over the sound-system. You will proceed to walk across the stage and shake the hand of the Dean and SVSU President. As you exit the stage to the left you will be stopped for a photograph. The photographer will also capture your handshake with the SVSU President. You will return down the aisle to your seat.
Family members and guests may take pictures only while remaining in their seats. Please advise your guests that pictures may not be taken from any area of the arena's floor during the ceremony. Ask them not to cross the arena between the seating sections during the processional, the ceremony, or the recessional. Photographs may be taken before Commencement begins or following the ceremony.
A professional photographer will take portraits as each graduate crosses the stage. For more information on ordering prints, go to http://gradimages.com. You will be under no obligation.
If you wish to present your graduate with flowers at the ceremony, you can conveniently pre-purchase your flowers and they will be available for pick-up at Commencement. Orders are made using https://www.thecommencementgroup.com/svsu/ and sales also serve as a fund raiser for Forever Red, a student organization that provides SVSU students the opportunity to network with SVSU Alumni, raise funds towards the improvement of the SVSU student experience, create and build on SVSU traditions, and ‘create a legacy of RED PRIDE’ at SVSU.
You will receive your diploma cover at Commencement. The actual diploma will be mailed within 2 months to the address listed on your graduation application or may be picked up at the Registrar’s Office, Wickes 151.
The diplomas are printed after all degree audits are complete and notices to this effect are mailed to the new graduates. If you live in the tri-city region (Saginaw, Bay City, or Midland), you are asked to pick up the diploma in person at the Registrar’s counter; please show the staff a form of official identification. If you live outside this region, the diplomas will be mailed. You can ask someone else to pick up your diploma for you, as long we have this request in writing (email email@example.com), stating the person’s name who will be picking up the diploma. That person will have to show some form of official identification to Registrar staff that matches the name in the email.