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Ross Graduation Information

Are you a Ross student who is approaching graduation?  If so, please read the important information below regarding when and how to apply for graduation. 

DATES & DEADLINES

Graduation Term Last Day to Apply to Have Name Printed in University Commencement Program Last Day to Apply to Have Degree Conferred 
April/May Monday, February 24, 2014 Tuesday, April 22, 2014
August Monday, February 24, 2014 Tuesday, August 12, 2014
December TBA (typically mid-October) Wednesday, December 10, 2014

STEP 1: MAKE SURE YOU ARE READY TO GRADUATE

STEP 2: APPLY FOR GRADUATION

STEP 3: COMMENCEMENT INFORMATION

STEP 4: DEGREE CONFERRAL TIMELINE

STEP 1: MAKE SURE YOU ARE READY TO GRADUATE

  1. Review degree requirementsrules and regulations, and complete a degree audit in Wolverine Access by selecting "Academic Requirements."
  2. You are strongly encouraged to meet with an Academic Advisor if you have questions regarding graduation requirements.  You can schedule an appointment here.
    • BBA Students with minors should direct questions regarding minor requirements to their minor advisor.  See BBA Students with Minors.

STEP 2: APPLY FOR GRADUATION

  1. Log on to Wolverine Access at https://wolverineaccess.umich.edu and select "Student Business," which will direct you to the “Self Service” page.
  2. Under “Degree Progress/Graduation,” select “Apply for Graduation” and follow the on-screen instructions carefully.
  • Select Fall for December graduation, Winter for April/May graduation, or Summer for August graduation.
  • Indicate how you would like your name to appear on your diploma.
  • Provide an address to which your diploma should be sent.  You can change your address in Wolverine Access until the deadline to apply for graduation.  After the deadline, please contact the Registrar's Office.  You may choose to list the address of a trusted family member or friend if you are not sure of your new permanent address.
  1. Watch for an automated e-mail confirmation after you have successfully applied for graduation.

Important Notes

  1. Dual Degree Students:  You must apply for each program separately.  After you complete the application for one Program, return to the Student Business Page to apply for the next Program. 
  2. BBA Students with Minors:  If you are pursuing an academic minor, we will not graduate you unless our office has received official "minor release" documentation from your minor advisor.  All minors must be declared and released prior to the end of your last term.
  3. Exit Interviews:  Graduating students who have borrowed through the Federal Direct Loan Program – Subsidized and Unsubsidized – are required by Federal Law to complete an “Exit Interview.” The Exit Interview requires a 25-30 minute online counseling session and quiz about managing loan debt. Graduating students are sent email notifications about six weeks before graduation.

Delaying Graduation

Students who finish their program requirements may request to extend graduation until a later term.  These students should discuss their plans with an Academic Advisor, and then apply for graduation in the desired term in Wolverine Access.  

Please note the following:

  • Any credits taken during the additional term(s) will count toward your degree and be added to your final total Credits Toward Program (CTP).
  • Any grades received during the additional term(s) will be factored into your final GPA and degree honors in the same way as previous terms.

Non-Degree Status

If you apply and are approved to graduate in December, but then belatedly decide you would like to continue taking classes here at Ross, please note the following:

  • You may request to return to Ross for the Winter term as a 'Non-Degree Seeking' student. To do so, contact Academic Services at rossacadservices@umich.edu to request 'Non-Degree Seeking" student status.
  • Any credits taken during the Winter term will not count toward your degree or be added to your final CTP if you are a non-degree seeking student.
  • Any grades earned while a non-degree student during the Winter term will not be factored into your final GPA (BBA Only).
  • Non-degree seeking students are not eligible for Financial Aid.

STEP 3: COMMENCEMENT INFORMATION

Applying for graduation does not obligate you to attend a Commencement ceremony.  However, you can and may attend if you'd like.  Students who are graduating within one semester of the Winter term (either fall before or summer after) are encouraged to participate in the event.

**INFORMATION ON ROSS COMMENCEMENT AND UNIVERSITY COMMENCEMENT CEREMONIES**

  1. Information on the Ross Commencement Exercise
  2. Information on the University Commencement Ceremonies

STEP 4: DEGREE CONFERRAL TIMELINE

After completing final exams, you may have questions about what happens next.  Please review the timeline below.

  1. Grades Submitted: Within 72 hours of final exams, professors submit final grades.
  2. Final Degree Audit: Ross Academic Services completes final degree audits and submits the approved list of graduates to the Registrar's Office.  Final approvals are typically due to the Registrar's Office 3-4 weeks after the end of exams.
  3. Degree Conferral: The Registrar's Office confers degrees which are predated to reflect the last day of university exams during the given term.  Sometimes students need to request a degree completion letter, certifying completion of program requirements in the time prior to degree conferral. You can request letters from Academic Services.
  4. Transcripts: Once degrees are conferred, you can order official transcripts through Wolverine Access. You can also learn about Official Electronic Transcripts.
  5. Diplomas: December graduates will receive their diplomas by mail in Mid-February, April graduates in Mid-June, and August graduates in October.

QUESTIONS:

Contact Academic Services at 734-647-4933 or rossacadservices@umich.edu with any questions regarding graduation.