Michigan 2020 Graduate Commencement





May 2, 2020


Ph.D. Regalia Attire

The University of Michigan doctoral regalia is all blue with double-bell sleeves in the doctoral gown tradition. The black hood is lined with blue and yellow satin. The royal blue velvet trim on the hood denotes a Ph.d.



University of Michigan commencement

Quick History of Michigan

The University of Michigan, also called UMich or U-M, is Michigan’s oldest university and was founded in 1817 in Detroit. The campus later changed locations to Ann Arbor, and eventually expanded into four campuses. The 40-acre campus in Ann Arbor is now called the Central Campus. U-M is famously known for its public research, and the many comprehensive undergraduate and graduate programs offered. Athletics also play a crucial role in university life, and U-M has the second largest stadium in the world.


University of Michigan’s sports teams are named after the school mascot and proudly call themselves the Wolverines. Back in the 1920s and 1930s, the university’s original mascot was a live wolverine named Biff the Wolverine who was kept in a small cage on campus.

Notable Rankings

Michigan University’s Rackham Graduate School is the main administration of graduate education and offers 18 different graduate schools and colleges. Its Medical School has a partnership with the University’s Health System, which incorporates students into the school’s three hospitals and dozens of medical clinics and centers. The school is known for its extensive research activity and has a comprehensive list of programs that offer doctoral degrees in social sciences, humanities, and STEM fields. 

Additional Information

Main Campus Address: 500 S State St, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Main Campus Phone Number: 734-764-1817
School Colors: Maize & Blue
Alma Mater: The Yellow and Blue


Not all Graduate programs and dates have been listed above. Please refer to the school website for more information.