Walsh College

Commencement

Each January and June, Walsh College holds commencement ceremonies to confer bachelor and masters degrees to our graduating students. Family and guests of our graduates are welcome to join this event. Click on one of the links below for details. Have more questions? Call the commencement hotline at 248-823-1650.

Initial notification
Ceremony location and date
Participant letter
Cap & gown cost
Ordering options
Delta Mu Delta, Honor, and Military Cords
Tickets
Cap & gown prep
Recommended dress
Student speaker and flag bearer nominations
Special accomodations
Reception
Announcements, diploma frame, ceremony pictures, and DVDs
Volunteers needed
Flowers (proceeds benefit WCAA)
Commemorative bricks
2014 Winter Commencement Speaker Videos

Initial notification

  • Initial invitations are mailed to eligibile students
    • April for Winter & Spring candidates
    • November for Summer & Fall candidates 

Ceremony location and date

  • Zion Christian Church
    3668 Livernois Road
    Troy, MI
  • January 24, 2015 (September and December 2014 candidates)
  • June 20, 2015 (March and June 2015 candidates)

Participant letter

  • Mailed to attendees approximately two weeks prior to the ceremony

Cap & gown cost

  • Includes cap or tam, gown, tassel, master hood (if applicable)
    Bachelor $42.98 + tax
    Master $79.96 + tax
    Doctoral (purchase) $552.00 + tax
    Doctoral (rental) $152.98 + tax (Gown will be returned.  You will keep the hood and tam.)

Ordering Options

You can purchase your cap & gown at:  

  • Grad Fair - While at the fair you can purchase cap & gown, receive your tickets, and more.
  • Online - When ordering online if you select "pick up", the cap & gown and tickets will be available at bookstore the week leading up to the ceremony.  However, if you opt to have it "shipped", only the gown will be mailed.  Tickets will be at Will Call the day of the ceremony.
  • Troy & Novi Bookstores - Purchases made in the bookstore, will receive cap & gown and tickets same day as the purchase.

Delta Mu Delta, Honor, and Military Cords

  • Walsh DMD chapter members can purchase online.
  • Undergraduate students who have achieved a cumulative of 3.500 or higher GPA and attend will receive a honor cord the day of the ceremony.
  • U.S. active duty and Veteran students are eligible for a military cord. Students who attend will receive a cord the day of the ceremony. Note: Your military status will be verified with the Records & Registration Office.

Tickets

  • Each ceremony varies and depends on the number of candidates attending.
  • There is no cost for the tickets.
  • Find out how to get your tickets.
  • If you need more tickets, we highly recommend that you check with other classmates that will be attending.  If the College has any extras, details will be provided in the follow up letter to participants.  This is typically sent two weeks prior to the ceremony.

Cap & gown prep

  • Watch the following video to see how to properly wear the tassel, master hood, gown, etc.
    Bachelor Gown  Master Gown
       

Recommended dress

  • Women - suit or dress
  • Men - dress pants, dress shirt, tie

Student speaker and flag bearer nominations

  • Student speaker: 
    Nominees will be contacted by phone with audition information and dates. One student will be selected by a committee to speak. Selected student will need to attend president reception week of commencement and rehearsal day before. Please send nominations to marketing@walshcollege.edu.
  • Flag bearers: 
    Flags representing a cross section of countries parade into the auditorium before the ceremony. If you're interested in carrying a flag send your name and contact information to Liesl Scullen.

Special accommodations (i.e., wheelchair, walker, etc.)

  • Contact Patty Demasek at 248-823-1221

Reception

  • Zion Christian Church
  • Immediately following the ceremony

Announcements, diploma frame, ceremony pictures and DVD

  • To order announcements and diploma frame visit the Herff Jones Web site.
  • Call Photography is the official ceremony photographer; to order contact them at 800-997-4980 or Callphoto@chartermi.net.
  • Video/DVD cost $25 (includes shipping & handling); to order contact Verna Leo from Zion Christian Church at 248-524-2400.

Volunteers Needed

  • Volunteers are needed during the reception to help distribute padfolios to new graduates.
  • Contact, Duc Abrahamson, Alumni & Student Relations Manager at 248-823-1298.

Flowers (proceeds benefit WCAA)

  • Roses are available for purchase during commencement ceremony.
  • Sale is located in the lobby and reception area while supplies last.
  • Half dozen for $20 or one dozen for $25.
  • Proceeds benefit the WCAA.

Commemorative bricks

These bricks are engraved and will be placed by the Jeffery W. Barry Center walkway. Details about the brick and order now.