December Commencement

December 2017 Commencement
Tuesday, December 12 at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

The Fox Theatre
2211 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, Michigan

Wayne State University confers degrees for Fall, Winter and Spring/Summer terms 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 2017 Commencement ceremonies will be held on Tuesday, December 12 at the Fox Theatre. The ceremonies are scheduled for 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Each ceremony will last approximately two (2) hours. Please see the complete ceremony schedule for the time of your ceremony.

If appropriate deadlines are met, students completing their degree requirements in one of the following terms may participate in the December 2017 Commencement ceremonies.

  •      Spring/Summer 2017
  •      Fall 2017

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 2017 Commencement Ceremony Schedule

9 a.m.

  •      College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts
  •      College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  •      School of Medicine (Ph.D./Master's Candidates)
  •      College of Nursing
  •      Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

3 p.m.

  •      Mike Ilitch School of Business
  •      College of Education
  •      College of Engineering
  •      School of Information Sciences
  •      School of Social Work

Next steps

Academic status

Review your STARS Degree Audit in Academica to be sure you have completed all your degree requirements. You are strongly encouraged to contact your academic advisor if you are unsure if all your requirements have been met or if you have any questions.

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 Cerftificate" from the Student Records menu. It is imperative that you complete the entire application, finalize payment (if applicable) and click on 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 non-refundable 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 either by credit card or electronic check. If you are currenly registered, you may also choose to add the fee to your student account. NOTE: You will have to apply and pay the $40 fee agaain if you do not complete your degree requiremens in the term 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 2017

The deadline for Spring/Summer degree applications was Friday, June 9, 2017. If you completed your degree requirements in the Spring/Summer term and did not participate in the May 2017 Commencement ceremony you may participate n the December 20167 Commencement ceremony.

Fall 2017

The degree application deadline for students completing degree requirements at the end of the Fall term (ending in December 2017) is Friday, September 29, 2017.

Walking in commencement does not mean you have completed your degree requirements or that you will receive your diploma. Please verify with you major advisor in you department and/or your general academic advisor to be certain you have completed all your degree requirements and you have chosen the correct term 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 complete in order to participate in the December 2017 Commencement ceremony.

Ed.D. candidates must contact the College of Education Graduate Advising Office at 313-577-1635 for exact requirements needed to complete in order to participate in the December 2017 Commencement ceremony.