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SMTD Graduation and Commencement

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

View the program for this ceremony (PDF)
View the YouTube playlist for this ceremony

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.

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
  • 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.

Attire

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
  • 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:

  • 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.

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

Photography

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.

Parking

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.

2018

View the program for this ceremony (PDF)
View the YouTube playlist for this ceremony

Commencement speaker: Ricky Ian Gordon, composer

Student speaker: Teagan Faran, BM ’18 (violin)

2017

View the program for this ceremony (PDF)
View the YouTube playlist for this ceremony

Commencement speakers: Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, both BFA ’06 (musical theatre)

Student speaker: Tsukumo Niwa, BM ’17 (oboe), BA ’17 (international studies)

2016

View the program for this ceremony (PDF)
View the YouTube playlist for this ceremony

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.

2019

Thomas Laub, BFA (musical theatre)

2018

Martijn Appelo, BFA (theatre – design and production)

2017

Daniel Fendrick, BM (bassoon)

2016

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.

2019

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)

2018

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

2017

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)

2016

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.

2019

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

2018

Anita Dumar, BM (violin)

2017

Rikki Morrow-Spitzer, BM (voice)

2016

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