December Commencement

December 2018 Commencement
Tuesday, December 11 at 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

The Fox Theatre
2211 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201

Wayne State University confers degrees for fall, winter and spring/summer semesters and honors its graduates by hosting Commencement ceremonies in December and May. The ceremonies are for students completing degrees only — Ph.D., Ed.D., doctoral, master's and bachelor's.

The December 2018 Commencement ceremonies will be held on Tuesday, December 11, at the Fox Theatre. The ceremonies are scheduled for 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Each ceremony will last approximately two hours. Please see the complete schedule for the time of your ceremony.

If appropriate deadlines are met, students completing their degree requirements in one of the following semesters may participate in the December 2018 Commencement ceremonies:

  •      Spring/summer 2018
  •      Fall 2018

All Ph.D./Ed.D. candidates must check with their advisor and/or dean's office in the Graduate School or the College of Education for the exact requirements needed to complete in order to participate in the December Commencement ceremonies.

December 2018 Commencement ceremony schedule

10 a.m.
  •      Mike Ilitch School of Business
  •      College of Engineering
  •      College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts
  •      School of Information Sciences
  •      School of Medicine (Ph.D./master's candidates)
  •      School of Social Work

Please note: The student speaker for the 10 a.m. ceremony will be selected by the School of Medicine.

3:30 p.m.

  •      College of Education
  •      College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  •      College of Nursing
  •       Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Please note: The student speaker for the 3:30 p.m. ceremony will be selected by the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

Next steps

Apply for graduation/degree

One of the last steps you will need to take before receiving your degree, and to participate in the commencement ceremony, is to apply for graduation. All degree candidates must apply to have their degrees certified and to be eligible to participate in Commencement.

You must apply for graduation in Academica by the end of the fifth week of classes in the semester you plan on graduating. (Please see the application deadline dates below.)

To submit an application, log into Academica, click on the Student tab and select Apply for Degree or Certificate from the Student Records menu. It is imperative that you complete the entire application, finalize payment (if applicable) and click the Submit button, or your application will not be processed. A confirmation page will be sent to your WSU email address within 24 hours of submitting an application.

There is a $40 nonrefundable graduation fee for some students that must be paid before your application for degree certification can be considered. You will be prompted if payment is due. Payment must be made at the time of application by either credit card or electronic check. If you are currently registered, you may also choose to add the fee to your student account. NOTE: You will have to apply and pay the $40 fee again if you do not complete your degree requirements in the semester of application so please make sure to check with your advisor before applying.

You will not have to pay the $40 if you've paid the $250 matriculation fee that was instituted in 2014 for new students to the university.

Application deadlines

Spring/summer 2018

The deadline for spring/summer degree applications was Friday, June 8, 2018. If you completed your degree requirements in the spring/summer semester and did not participate in the May 2018 Commencement ceremony, you may participate in the December 2018 Commencement ceremony.

Fall 2018

The degree application deadline for students completing degree requirements at the end of the fall semester (ending in December 2018) is Friday, September 28, 2018.

Walking in Commencement does not mean you have completed your degree requirements or that you will receive your diploma. Please verify with your major advisor in your department and/or your general academic advisor to be certain that you have completed all of your degree requirements and that you have chosen the correct semester in which your requirements will be completed.

Ph.D./Ed.D. candidates

Ph.D. candidates must contact the Graduate School Ph.D. Office at for exact requirements needed to be completed in order to participate in the December 2018 Commencement ceremony.

Ed.D. candidates must contact the College of Education Graduate Advising Office at 313-577-1635 for exact requirements needed to be completed in order to participate in the December 2018 Commencement ceremony.