Wayne State has added two ceremonies to the May 2017 commencement schedule to accommodate for the number of students who are participating in the ceremonies.

“Due to the record number of graduates who have applied for graduation and who picked up tickets during Grad Expo, the seating capacity in the Fox Theatre has been reached for all four original ceremonies. In an effort to accommodate graduates who plan on attending, we have added two more ceremonies and re-worked the overall ceremony schedule,” Assistant Vice President for Special Events and Director of University Commencement Jeffrey Block said in an email.

Block said the changes were necessary in order to accommodate the record-breaking number of graduates.

"We based our initial ticket disbursement on historical averages of attendance, which we do every year," he said. "This year has broken all records."

2017 May commencements will still take place on May 9 and May 10 at the Fox Theatre. Three ceremonies will be held on each day, according to the email. The first ceremony will start at 9 a.m., where doors will open at 7:30 a.m. The second ceremony will start at 2 p.m., where doors will open at 12:30 p.m. The third ceremony will start at 7 p.m., where doors will open at 5:30 p.m.

Each student will still receive a gradate access pass and six guest tickets, according to the commencement website.

The first ceremony on May 9 will feature the first group of students, who are receiving degrees from African American Studies, Anthropology, Asian Studies, Classics, Employment and Labor Relations, English, Film Studies, Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, German, History, Interdisciplinary Studies, Individual/Organization Psychology, Labor Studies, Language Learning, Linguistics, Modern Language, Near Eastern Language, Philosophy, Psychology, Public Administration, Public Affairs, Romance Language, Slavic Studies, Sociology, Urban Planning and Urban Studies, from the College of Liberal Arts and Science. Graduates must be in the theatre by 8 a.m., and all guests must be in their seats by 8:45 a.m.

The second ceremony on May 9 will feature students who are receiving degrees from the College of Fine, Performing and Communications Arts, as well as students receiving degrees from the College of Education. Graduates must be in the theatre by 1 p.m., and all guests must be in their seats by 1:45 p.m. 

The third ceremony on May 9 will feature the second group of students, who are receiving degrees from Applied Mathematics, Astronomy, Audiology, Biological Sciences, Biochemistry and Chemistry, Biomedical Physics, Chemistry, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Dietetics, Economics, Environmental Science, Geology, Information Systems Technology, Mathematical Economics, Mathematics, Mathematical Studies Statistics, Molecular Biotechnology, Nutrition and Food Science, Physics, Political Science, Public Health and Speech Language Pathology, from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Graduates must be in the theatre by 6 p.m., and all guests must be in their seats by 6:45 p.m.

The first ceremony on May 10 will feature students who are receiving degrees from the Mike Ilitch School of Business, School of Library and Information Sciences and the School of Medicine. Graduates must the in the theatre by 8 a.m., and all guests must be in their seats by 8:45 a.m.

The second ceremony on May 10 will feature students who are receiving degrees from the College of Nursing and the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, as well as the School of Social Work. Graduates must be in the theatre by 1 p.m., and all guests must be in their seat by 1:45 p.m.

The final ceremony on May 10 will feature students who are receiving degrees from the College of Engineering. Graduates must be in the theatre by 6 p.m., and all guests must be in their seats by 6:45 p.m.

For more information about the changes to the May 2017 Commencement schedule, visit the commencement website or view the commencement update document

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