CommencementCommencement Ceremonies
at Mott Community College in Flint

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

You may attend the ceremony at Big Rapids on Friday, May 9 and Saturday, May 10, 2014, or you may choose to attend the ceremony in Flint instead of the Big Rapids ceremony.

The event in Flint takes place in conjunction with Mott Community College. This year the event will be on:

Saturday, May 3, 2014
2:00 p.m.

Perani Sports Arena
3501 Lapeer Rd.
Flint, Michigan

Candidates who plan to attend the ceremony in Flint, must contact the Flint office no later than March 27, 2014 so that we are prepared for your attendance!

Out of respect for both Mott and Ferris graduates, candidates must stay for the entire graduation ceremony. Please plan on arriving no later than 1:30 p.m., and staying until the ceremony has completed – most likely by 4:00 p.m.

Seating in the arena is not reserved. All seats are available on a first-come basis to families and guests of candidates. Please advise your guests to arrive early. No admission tickets are needed. A map to the Perani Sports Arena is available from GoogleMaps.

Graduation Reception
We know this is an exciting event in your life, and one you want to share! In addition to the Graduation ceremony itself, we also provide a smaller more intimate reception for our graduates. This will provide you an opportunity to celebrate with your fellow graduates, instructors, and staff. Our Flint reception will be Friday May 2, 2014, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Gateway. Hors d'oeuvres will be available, as well as cash bar. Please RSVP for this event by calling the Flint office so that we may plan accordingly.

Caps and Gowns
All candidates walking in the ceremonies must wear the traditional cap and gown. Caps and gowns may be purchased from the Lundberg bookstore in Big Rapids by Friday, April 25, 2014 (or you will have to pay extra shipping charges to have it in time for the Flint ceremony). More information regarding ordering your caps, gowns and announcements is available on the commencement website.

Regalia may be purchased at the Graduation Fair on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 from 12 - 5:30 pm in the Rankin Center Dome Room on the in Big Rapids. You may also purchase your cap and gown from the James L. Lundberg Bookstore any time between March 27 and May 3, 2013. To ensure you get the proper gown size you are encouraged to purchase your gown early. After April 26 gown sizes may be limited.  Note: Students attending the Flint Commencement do not have to purchase an honor cord we will provide them at the ceremony.

If you are unable to visit the Graduation Fair or campus in person, you may contact the Bookstore at (231) 591-2607 to request that your cap and gown be shipped to you (a shipping fee will be charged).

If you require a special size, please contact the bookstore prior to April 23, to ensure timely delivery.


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 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.