The SMTD Commencement ceremony took place Friday, May 3, 2019 at 4:00pm in Hill Auditorium.
Commencement speaker: Christine Lahti (BA ’72, theatre), actress and activist
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.
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
- 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 / order attire online
- Barnes and Noble @ North Campus
- 2101 Bonisteel Blvd. / 734-668-6022 / order attire online
- 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:
- BM/BMA/MM/DMA = PINK
- BFA/BTA/MFA = BROWN
- BS = SCIENCE GOLD
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.
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.
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.
Commencement speaker: Ricky Ian Gordon, composer
Student speaker: Teagan Faran, BM ’18 (violin)
Commencement speakers: Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, both BFA ’06 (musical theatre)
Student speaker: Tsukumo Niwa, BM ’17 (oboe), BA ’17 (international studies)
Commencement speaker: Jane Chu, chair of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
Student speaker: Meredith Starkman, BFA ’16 (theatre)
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)