Information for Students
RSVP and Tickets
Please note you must RSVP by Monday, September 28th in order to participate in the ceremony. If you previously RSVP’d for the June commencement you will need to RSVP again.
You will request Guest tickets at the time you RSVP.
Graduate check in
Prior to entering the stadium participants will have their temperature taken with a reading below 100.4 and must answer the following questions:
- Have you had any of the following symptoms in the last two weeks?
- Shortness of breath (not severe)
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle Pain
- Sore Throat
- New loss of taste or smell
- Are you ill, or caring for someone who is ill?
- Have you had contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19?
For the safety and health of all attendees, individuals traveling from another state in the U.S. with a COVID-19 positive testing rate of 10% or higher will be asked to self-quarantine for 14 days -or- self-quarantine for a minimum of 7 days and be tested for COVID-19 with a negative test result prior to traveling to the ceremony. The positive testing rate for each state may be found on the John Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center website "Testing Trend Tool”.
The goal is the safety of all who will attend Commencement -- our graduates, their families, and members of our own faculty, staff, and students who will also be there.
Limiting the potential of spread of COVID-19 to each other and back to our campus is a priority.
We also understand that people must work and travel.
We ask that people who are traveling from those states be mindful and considerate of others by practicing safe measures and social distancing practices to their best of their abilities before coming to Flint to celebrate our graduates.
9-10 a.m. - Report to Bluff St/Stevenson Street to check in and pick up your QR Code Card and Bulldog face mask
10:30 a.m. - Students line up
10:55 a.m. - March to Gates U & S
11 a.m. - Formal Processional and Ceremony begins
Please notify Chelsea Herlein at firstname.lastname@example.org immediately if you or a guest need a disability-related accommodation.
Before the Ceremony
Graduates should ensure that tickets for the ceremony are given to their guests prior to reporting for graduate check in. one hour prior to the start of the ceremony to check in and pick up their QR Code Card. This card will be scanned when you approach the stage to receive your diploma. The registrar’s office will be onsite to direct and assist graduates in lining up for the processional. When the ceremony is ready to begin, graduates will process to the stadium gates.
We do ask that purses, bags, coats, and other personal items given to family or friends prior to the ceremony. Cell phones and electronic devices should be silenced or turned off prior to the start of the procession.
Due to the ceremony being held at Atwood Stadium flat soled shoes are required for all participants/attendees on the field level.
Graduates are required to wear academic regalia when participating in the Kettering University Commencement ceremony. Academic regalia is available for purchase online with Jostens and will not be available onsite at Commencement.
Once received, we recommend IMMEDIATELY opening the package to hang your gown (and hood if applicable). This step will help to remove all wrinkles. Gowns may be steamed but cannot be pressed as it will damage the gown.
Commencement is a milestone in your life and we welcome you to decorate your cap as you celebrate your hard work and dedication. Please take the following information into consideration as you decorate.
- Only the flat, top portion of the mortarboard may be decorated. Nothing else should be decorated on the sides of the cap or on your academic gown.
- Decoration should not make noise. No bells, horns, etc.
- Avoid obscenities, profanity, vulgar or lewd remarks
- Elements of your design should lay as flat as possible to avoid obstructed views.
How to wear your regalia
Cap and Gown
Your gown must be hooked at the collar and should remain hooked for the duration of wear. The cap (mortarboard) should be worn with the point in the front, approximately 1 inch about the eyebrows. The mortarboard should be level on your head with the tassel worn over the right temple.
Your tassel should be worn over the left temple.
Shoes and other articles of visible apparel worn should be of dark colors that harmonize with academic dress. Nothing else should be worn on the academic gown. Due to the ceremony being held at Atwood Stadium flat soled shoes are required for all participants/attendees.
The ceremony will last approximately 2 and a ½ hours. The faculty marshal will signal you to stand, one row at a time to come forward to receive your diploma. You will walk to the stage and give your QR Code Card to the name reader. Once your name is called, walk forward across the stage to receive your diploma.
A photo will be taken as you receive your diploma. You will then return to your seat. Follow the direction of the faculty marshals for the recessional.