Commencement

Each spring, the entire KCAD community comes together to celebrate the achievements of our graduates!


2021 Commencement Information

Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University was proud to honor the graduating class of 2021 in a virtual Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 1, 2021:


Annual Student Exhibitions Information

KCAD's online 2021 Master's Thesis, Excellence Awards, and Undergraduate Senior Exhibitions are on view now at kcad2021.org. We're beyond proud of the KCAD Class of 2021 and all they've accomplished and created!

master's thesis exhibition

Master's Thesis Exhibition

The annual Master's Thesis Exhibition features the fully-developed work of those students who have completed their graduate studies, broadening both their technical abilities and their understanding of their respective disciplines. Get a rare glimpse into the process, methodology, and passion that went into the compilation of their final thesis projects.

excellence awards exhibition

Excellence Awards Exhibition

Each year, KCAD students who exhibit a rare level of mastery and accomplishment in their chosen field are honored with the Excellence Award, the epitome of KCAD undergraduate student achievement. Faculty select outstanding senior undergraduates to exhibit their accomplishments

undergraduate thesis exhibition

Undergraduate Senior Exhibition

Explore outstanding work created by KCAD's graduating seniors. These emerging creatives take center stage in an online gallery that will converge images from each graduating undergraduate into a powerful reflection of the breadth and depth of their talent and accomplishments. 

 


Caps and Gowns*

There is a cap and gown fee of $26.00 (undergraduate) or $54.00 (graduate) plus 6% Michigan sales tax for each student, payable upon ordering. This fee includes cap, gown, and tassel (undergraduate) and cap, gown, tassel and hood (graduate). The shipping and handling fee is $15.95 and your order will be shipped directly to your house. Caps and gowns can only be ordered online. The last day to order without expedited shipping charges will be April 23, 2021.

*Ordering a cap and gown is optional if you do not participate in the Commencement ceremony and if the ceremony is virtual.

Order your cap and gown online


Diploma and Degree-granting Dates

Degrees are granted and diplomas are issued to KCAD degree candidates in May, August, and December. The annual commencement ceremony is held in May. Students completing their coursework at the end of summer semester may participate in the commencement exercises just prior to or following that summer semester. Students are provided with a graduation booklet detailing all of the necessary information and requirements for participating in commencement. This booklet is distributed in early March.


Graduation with Honors

The KCAD B.F.A. or B.S. degree is awarded “with Honors” when a student has earned a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher once grades for their final semester are calculated. Actual GPA and honors are determined once the degree is completed and final grades are computed. Transfer students must have earned at least 30 semester credit hours in residency prior to their final semester for honors consideration. The honors recognition is indicated on the diploma and official transcript.


 Highest Honor-Valedictorian

One student is chosen from each year’s graduating class to receive the highest academic honor, represented by the receipt of a Bachelor’s Hood. Selection is based on academic achievement, on earning the majority or all 120 credits at KCAD, on the recommendation of the student’s program faculty, on community service to the college, and on leadership qualities.

Graduation Application


Complete the Application for Degree