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Graduation and Beyond
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Graduation means having a degree conferred by the Rackham Graduate School at the University of Michigan. Students may graduate in April, December, or August, depending on when the degree requirements are completed. Diplomas are mailed approximately 12 weeks after degree conferral. The standard size of a Rackham diploma is 8.5" x 11". Degree postings will appear on your official transcript approximately one month after the last day of classes. Visit the Registrar's Office website for further information regarding diplomas.
Commencement is the ceremony celebrating graduation. ME students are eligible to participate in any or all of three separate commencement ceremonies: The University's ceremony, Rackham's ceremony, and the College of Engineering's ceremony.
In order to graduate, a student must complete all degree requirements and apply to graduate through Wolverine Access. Please reference the guide "How to Apply for Graduation through Wolverine Access". The Academic Services Office will notify students of graduation deadlines. The deadline for having a name printed in the commencement booklet is early in the term, typically the first weeks of October (fall) and February (Winter).
- Master's students should refer to Rackham's Master's Degree Diploma Application Deadlines page for further information.
- Doctoral students should refer to Rackham's Doctoral Degree Deadlines.
- Further information is available to all graduate students via Rackham's Graduating page.
Coursework Only. No additional paperwork is necessary to graduate.
Individual Project (ME590). If ME590 is being taken in the term of graduation, final reports must be provided to the supervising faculty via the ME590 website no later than the last day of finals week, the last day of the semester. Individual faculty may require that the reports be completed earlier.
Thesis. The thesis abstract must be submitted to the Academic Services Office before the last day of classes in the term of graduation. A PDF may be sent to email@example.com.
Dual Degree Master's. Dual degree students must complete the dual degree course election form prior to last day of final exams. Please note that this form must be approved by both departments and may take a few weeks to complete.
"Embedded" Masters. An embedded master's is a master's degree awarded "on-the-way" to a PhD in the same program. Direct PhD students (i.e. students without a Master's degree) will receive an “embedded” master's along the way. The student should complete the Online Request for an Embedded Master's in order to have the Master's added to his or her record.
Alumni Association – University of Michigan
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Just Alumni Sharing Knowledge (Just ASK)
Just ASK is about current Engineering graduate students connecting one-on-one with alumni. These mentoring relationships are intended to focus on: academics, study skills, and day-to-day issues surrounding graduate school; career planning and networking; and guidance on personal issues. Just ASK mentors are Engineering alumni who have volunteered to share their experiences with graduate students. Any current graduate student may request contact with a mentor.
Student/Alumni Professional Network
The College of Engineering Student/Alumni Professional Network is a service that enables students and alumni to connect via email - a great way to gain career related advice, explore careers in engineering and network. The Student/Alumni Professional Network is coordinated by the Engineering Career Resource Center, and is available on ENGenius.Jobs.