Commencement Ceremonies
at Southwestern Michigan College in Dowagiac
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Congratulations on your upcoming graduation from Ferris State University! We invite you to participate in the Spring 2015 Commencement ceremony honoring your achievements and the successful completion of degree requirements.

You may attend the ceremony at Big Rapids on Friday, May 8 and Saturday, May 9, 2015, or you may choose to attend the ceremony in Dowagiac instead of the Big Rapids ceremony.

Commencement in Dowagiac takes place in conjunction with Southwestern Michigan College. This year the event will be on:

Saturday, May 2, 2015
11:00 a.m.
Zollar Sports Center located on the
Dowagiac Campus of Southwestern Michigan College

Candidates planning to attend the ceremony in Dowagiac must RSVP no later than March 27, 2015. 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 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
All candidates walking in the ceremonies must wear the traditional regalia (cap, gown, and tassel). Regalia may be purchased from the Ferris Bookstore in Big Rapids starting Tuesday, March 24, 2015. Note: After April 17, 2015 gown sizes may be limited, so please try to purchase your cap and gown early. More information regarding ordering your caps, gowns and announcements is available on the commencement website.

Regalia may be purchased at Ferris’ Graduation Fair on Tuesday, March 22, 2015 from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm in the University Center in Big Rapids.

Your diploma will mailed to you approximately six (6) weeks after the completion of your degree requirements. You will receive a confirmation email sent to your email address from Ferris Diploma Status the day the diploma is mailed.

Graduation Announcements
Standard graduation announcements may be purchased at the Ferris State University Bookstore in person or by calling (231) 591-2607. Personalized announcements may be ordered by visiting Balfour at If you have a question on the name of the degree or how it should be listed on an announcement please contact your college's commencement coordinator.

Additional Commencement information is available at


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