CommencementCommencement Ceremonies
at Southwestern Michigan College in Dowagiac

Congratulations on your upcoming graduation from Ferris State University! We invite you to participate in the Spring 2014 Ferris - Dowagiac Commencement ceremony honoring your achievements and the successful completion of degree requirements.

You may attend the ceremony at Big Rapids on May 9th or 10th, 2014, or you may choose to attend the ceremony in Dowagiac instead of the Big Rapids ceremony.

The ceremony in Dowagiac takes place in conjunction with Southwestern Michigan College on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. in the Zollar Sports Center located on the Dowagiac Campus of Southwestern Michigan College. 

Candidates planning to attend the ceremony in Dowagiac must contact the Ferris—Dowagiac Office no later than March 28, 2014.  To RSVP, email us at  

Seating in the Zollar Sports Center is not reserved.  Admission tickets are needed and distributed to Ferris graduates by Southwestern Michigan College via USPS in late April.   Also in late April, Southwestern Michigan College will provide Ferris graduates with additional communication regarding when to report to the Dowagiac Campus for instruction and line-up. 

Caps and Gowns
Graduating students must wear the appropriate academic regalia (cap, gown, and tassel) in order to participate in Ferris' Commencement ceremonies.  Regalia will be available starting Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at the Graduation Fair located in the Student Recreation Center, noon-5 p.m.  If you are unable to the Grad Fair or visit the Ferris State University Bookstore to purchase your regalia, on March 26, 2014 you may call the bookstore at 231.591.2607 to place your order.  Students attending the Dowagiac ceremony do not need to purchase an honor cord as we will provide them at the ceremony. After April 25, 2014 availability may be limited—purchase your cap and gown early.  

Diplomas will be mailed to you by your dean's office approximately 6 to 8 weeks after completion of degree requirements. 

Graduation Announcements
Standard graduation announcements may be purchased at the Ferris State University Bookstore by calling 231.591.2607.  Personalized announcements may be ordered by visiting Balfour at

Additional Commencement information is available at