University of Michigan 2013 spring commencement: Here's what you need to know
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We've compiled all the details you need to know for Saturday's commencement ceremony, whether you're walking across the stage or going to watch someone who is.
Where: Michigan Stadium
When: The main ceremony will take place from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday; graduates will start entering the stadium at 8:45 a.m.; gates open at 8 a.m.
Watching from home: The ceremony will be live streamed online.
Tickets: They've already been distributed. Everyone older than 2 needs one.
Keynote speaker: Twitter CEO Dick Costolo.
Honorary degree recipients: Costolo; William Brehm, a higher education advocate and donor to U-M; Suzanne Farrell, a ballet dancer; Rosabeth Kanter, a business leadership expert and former editor of the Harvard Business Review; and David McCullough, an author and historian.
Social media: U-M is suggesting people use the hashtag #MGoGrad when talking about graduation and related festivities on Twitter. Select tweets during the ceremony will be displayed on the Michigan Stadium scoreboard.
Where to park: Free parking is available in all U-M parking structures and lots Friday through Sunday. Parking at Pioneer High School will be available for a fee.
How to get there: If you have to park far away, are downtown or staying at certain hotels, the university is offering free shuttles to the stadium Saturday morning. Shuttle services are available beginning at 7:45 a.m.
What if it rains: Doesn't matter, the event will take place at Michigan Stadium rain or shine. If there's very bad weather, it could be shortened or canceled all together. Luckily, weather reports aren't predicting a high chance of rain Saturday.
Expected turnout: Approximately 5,000 graduates. In past years there's been a turnout of about 40,000 family and friends. A total of 5,900 undergraduates and 4,400 graduate students are expected to receive their degrees this spring, according to U-M figures. However, not all will participate in this weekend's ceremonies.
What’s not allowed inside: No purses, bags, wristlets, cases, umbrellas, flags, signs, balloons, balls, food, alcohol, coolers, camera tripods, chairbacks, strollers, pets or weapons.
What is allowed inside: Binoculars without cases, cellphones, hand-held video cameras without cases, blankets, rain apparel and seat cushions.
College-specific ceremonies: These will be taking place throughout Friday and Saturday —a few occurred Thursday— and next weekend. For dates and times, check the university's commencement website.