May 2017 Commencement
Friday, May 5 and Saturday, May 6, 2017
Check the full schedule of ceremonies to find out when your college's ceremony will be held.
Check out the video messages created at the Grad Fair for May 2016 ceremonies. View the Grad Fair video on YouTube.
Watch Commencement Ceremonies Live
Even if you can't attend the ceremonies in person, you can still be a part of your graduate's special day. You can watch the ceremonies on Ferris Cable TV channel 22 or you can click on the link below. Once on this page you will need to click on Ferris State University Cable 22.1 to watch the ceremonies live.
Important Things You Should Know:
- All degree candidates are required to file a formal application for graduation no later than the mid-point of the semester prior to your anticipated graduation date. Your academic advisor will assist you with the completion of your graduation clearance form.
- If the application for graduation is not filed with the graduating student's college Commencement Coordinator by Friday, February 24, 2017, their name will not appear in the May 2017 Commencement program. In order to have the program printed and back in time for the ceremonies we have to adhere to these deadlines.
- Participating in commencement is not a certification of graduation, but rather a ceremony that celebrates a student's academic achievements. Therefore, participation in any Commencement ceremony does not affirm that a student has satisfactorily completed all degree requirements. Students must satisfy all of their degree requirements before they receive their diploma.
Students are permitted to participate in Commencement if they are close to completing their graduation requirements. For example, if a student needs to take a course or two during summer semester to finish their program, they may participate in May Commencement or wait until December Commencement.
Ferris Statewide and online students who wish to participate in a Big Rapids campus ceremony will attend with their affiliated college.
Note: Ferris State University does not have a summer Commencement ceremony.