Graduation & Commencement

The SMTD Commencement ceremony will take place on Friday, April 28, 2023 at 4:00pm at Hill Auditorium.

Visit the SMTD Commencement website for lists of graduates and more.

The SMTD does not handle details on ceremonies at Crisler Center, Michigan Stadium, or those held by other units. For more information, please see the University of Michigan Commencement website.

Information for Graduating Students

Graduation Application

Any SMTD student intending to complete all degree requirements must apply to graduate within the appropriate timeframe in order to be considered for degree approval. Students will apply to graduate on both Wolverine Access under Student Business, and through a form sent by the SMTD Student Affairs Office. Please note the following application deadlines:

  • December graduates must apply no later than September 30
    • Students graduating in December will be eligible to participate in the following Spring Commencement ceremonies.
  • April/May graduates must apply no later than January 31
  • June-August graduates must apply no later than January 31

Failure to apply by the listed deadlines may result in the delay of degree approval. In addition, students with late applications may not be permitted to participate in Commencement ceremonies.


Academic attire (cap and gown) is required for all graduates who plan to participate in Commencement ceremonies. Attire can be purchased at these Ann Arbor locations:

  • Barnes and Noble @ University of Michigan
    • 530 South State St. / 734-995-8877
  • Barnes and Noble @ North Campus
  • Ulrich’s Bookstore
    • 1200 S. University / 734-662-3201
  • Michiganensian Yearbook
    • 420 Maynard / 734-418-4115 x 1247
    • Please note that doctoral attire is not available at the Michiganensian

Attire is typically available for purchase a month prior to the Commencement ceremony. Students should not wait until the last minute to purchase attire.

Tassel colors for SMTD students are as follows:


Honors are only awarded to undergraduate students with an overall, cumulative GPA of 3.60 or above. Students receiving Honors may purchase Honors cords with their graduation attire.

How to wear your Bachelors cap and gown
How to wear your Masters cap and gown
How to wear your Doctoral cap and gown


There will be a photographer present at the SMTD Commencement ceremony who will photograph each student crossing stage. Students will later be contacted via email with the option to purchase photos. Personally hired professional photographers or videographers are not allowed.

The SMTD does not handle photography for Commencement events at Michigan Stadium or Crisler Center. Please see the University of Michigan’s Commencement website for further details.

Announcements and Mementos

The SMTD does not handle formal announcements or graduation mementos. Please see the University of Michigan’s Commencement website for information on remembrances.

Information for Families and Guests

Families and guests of graduating students should be aware that Commencement weekend is among one of the busiest in Ann Arbor. There are several Commencement ceremonies happening around Michigan’s campus over the course of the weekend with many visitors in town. Hotels and restaurants in and around Ann Arbor book up far in advance of Commencement weekend, so please plan accordingly.

Ann Arbor and area Hotels and Restaurants

For a listing of area hotels and local restaurants, see Ann Arbor’s Visitor website.


University surface lots and parking structures are free and open to the public on Commencement weekend. Please note that parking is limited in Ann Arbor and visitors may need to walk from a structure to the designated venue. For more information, see the Campus Information Map or U-M Parking Services.

Ticketing and Venue Information

Tickets are not required for the SMTD Commencement ceremony at Hill Auditorium, and there is not a limit to how many family members or guests a graduating student may invite.

Seating accommodations are available for guests with wheelchairs or those unable to use stairs. A sign language interpreter will also be present on stage throughout the ceremony.

Doors will open to guests 45 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony.

Previous Ceremonies


View the Youtube playlist for the 2021 SMTD Commencement Ceremony
Watch the entire 2021 SMTD Commencement Ceremony
Class of 2021, the World is Waiting for You!
Damien Crutcher, 2021 Commencement Speaker


View the YouTube playlist for the 2020 SMTD Commencement Ceremony


View the YouTube playlist for the 2019 SMTD Commencement Ceremony
Christine Lahti, 2019 Commencement Speaker


View the YouTube playlist for the 2018 SMTD Commencement CeremonyPlaylist
Ricky Ian Gordon, 2018 Commencement Speaker


View the YouTube playlist for the 2017 SMTD Commencement CeremonyPlaylist
Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, 2017 Commencement Speakers
View the YouTube playlist for the 201 SMTD Commencement CeremonyPlaylist
Jane Chu, 2016 Commencement Speaker

Commencement Awards

Each year during Spring Commencement, awards are presented to the most outstanding members of the SMTD graduating class.

The Albert A. Stanley Medal

Awarded to a single graduating senior who, during the last two years of residence, has been most outstanding in his or her field, with special consideration given to scholarship and public performance.


Thomas Laub, BFA (musical theatre)


Martijn Appelo, BFA (theatre – design and production)


Daniel Fendrick, BM (bassoon)


Nicole Erin Patrick, BFA (jazz and contemporary improvisation)

The Earl V. Moore Awards

Given for outstanding achievement in the School of Music, Theatre & Dance. Five awards are presented in four categories – Dance, Music (2 awards), Musical Theatre, and Theatre – and are open to undergraduate and graduate students.


Julian J. Goods, BM (choral music education)
Berrit Keller, BFA (theatre – design & production)
Emilie Kouatchou, BFA (musical theatre)
Emily Soong, BFA (dance)
Maddy Wildman, BM (bassoon)


Jesse Aaronson, BFA (theatre)
Yoshiko Iwai, BFA (dance)
Natalia Kazaryan, DMA (piano)
Emily Kirven, BM (instrumental music education)
Charles Patterson, BFA (musical theatre)


Luna Lemus-Bromley, BFA (dance)
Eleanor Howell-Shryock, BFA (theatre – design and production)
Tzu-Yin Huang, DMA (piano)
Jordyn Norkey, BFA (musical theatre)
Jacob Warren, BM (double bass)


Hidemi Minagawa, BM (piano)
Andreas Oeste, MM (oboe and chamber music)
Lena Frieda Oren, BFA (dance)
Nora Marie Schell, BFA (musical theatre)
Graham Ross Techler, BFA (theatre)

The Willis Patterson Diversity Award

Presented to a graduating student who has used his or her talents and/or scholarly abilities to enhance the development of and appreciation for a more culturally and ethnically diverse community within the School of Music, Theatre & Dance.


Colleen Bernstein, MM (percussion), MM (chamber music)


Anita Dumar, BM (violin)


Rikki Morrow-Spitzer, BM (voice)


Horacio Contreras Espinoza, DMA (cello)
Theven Brice Smith, MM (flute and chamber music)