Honors Graduation

To help ensure that all of our students make the transition smoothly from student to alumnus, The Honors College has a multi-step process for graduation.

  • Step 1: Apply to graduate with the Registrar's Office and The Honors College

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    Submit an application for graduation
    To graduate with a degree or certificate, you must submit a formal application for graduation online via my.emich's student services tab during the semester you'll complete all requirements. An application is needed for each degree and/or certificate you're applying for. The deadline to apply is the last day of the semester in which you'll finish your requirements. No applications will be accepted after this day. Follow this link, to learn more about applying for general commencement.

    Submit an Honors College Graduation Application
    The semester before you intend to graduate, we ask you complete the Honors Graduation Application. You will receive an initial audit showing any outstanding items to be completed before you graduate. You will receive a final audit the month before you graduate.

    Once you receive your initial audit, we will also send you information about the Honors College Commencement ceremony.

  • Step 2: Attend The Honors College Commencement Ceremony Expand dropdown
    The Honors College Commencement Ceremony is a celebratory event held prior to Eastern Michigan University’s fall and spring commencement ceremonies. Summer graduates may participate in the spring honors college ceremony if they wish. During the ceremony, you will receive your honors college medallion and an Honors College certificate holder. The Honors Commencement Ceremony concludes with a reception.
  • Step 3: Attend University Commencement Expand dropdown

    In addition to graduating through The Honors College, Honors students will be recognized by the University during Commencement as Honors College graduates and as laude graduates. This recognition is independent of any Honors College designation. The Honors degree indicates that you have completed the requirements of the Honors College. The Latin designations reflect the cumulative GPA upon graduation. For more information surrounding General Commencement, follow this link.

    At commencement, laude graduates wear a distinctively colored tassel; Honors College graduates can also wear their Honors medallion.

    Cum Laude (3.5-3.6)
    Magna Cum Laude (3.7-3.8)
    Summa Cum Laude (3.9-4.0)

Winter 2022 Honors Commencement

The Honors College will hold an in-person commencement ceremony on Friday, April 29, 2022, at 2:00pm. The ceremony will be held at the Honors College, 511 W. Forest Ave., Ypsilanti, Michigan. Honors students who have been approved to graduate in April or August 2022 can participate in one of this semester's Honors Commencement Ceremony.

Register to participate in the ceremony

If you plan to participate in Honors Commencement, you must register to participate by using this registration link. Registration will remain open until Friday, April 15, but early registration is encouraged.

COVID Protocols for Guests, and Students

Our EMUSafe protocols require face masks indoors for all members of the campus community (including all students, employees, and visitors), regardless of vaccination status. Masks must cover your face and mouth. We strongly encourage families to leave some space between themselves and other families, if possible. 

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