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Clinical Externship and Research Day

The Clinical Externship and Research Day for our Clinical Campuses sponsored by SEMCME. All MS1’s are invited and encouraged to attend to learn more about summer clinical and research externships. These are typically paid.

Ethnic Week

Activities and programs celebrate the ethnic and cultural diversity of our students, faculty and staff.


Orientation for the incoming Year I class is a week of activities and programs that introduce the entering students to the policies, curricular requirements, services, student organizations, extra-curricular programs, administration, faculty, staff and students of the medical school.

Year I Orientation will be held Monday, July 24 through Friday, July 28, 2017. Students can arrive as early at 8:15 am to check in. The program will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, July 24.

The activities and events are planned to facilitate your transition into the medical school environment. All entering students are expected to attend daily. The programs and activities are designed to make you feel “at home” and comfortable in your new professional academic community. The school’s administration, faculty, support staff, and student groups are eager to meet you and look forward to getting to know you personally.

Before attending Yr 1 Orientation please complete the REQUIRED – Wayne State University General Release and Waiver.


Parking will be available in the surface parking lot that is located across the street from Scott Hall. During Year 1 Orientation week, surface lot parking will be free for all Class of 2021 students. From Monday, July 24 to Thursday, July 27, a parking lot attendant will be stationed at Flat Lot 75 to give you free access during the following times:

Arrival: 7:30 am to 9:00 am
Departure: 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Be sure to inform the parking lot attendant that you are a member of the Class of 2021.

Year 1 Orientation Schedule & Presentations

CLICK HERE for the Year 1 Orientation Schedule

CLICK HERE for the Year 1 Orientation Presentations

White Coat Ceremony

The white coat ceremony is the culminating activity of the Year I Orientation program. The families of the entering class tour the School; participate in the school’s Welcoming Ceremony and meet members of the administration, faculty and staff.

Date, Time, Place Friday, July 28, 2017
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Orchestra Hall / Max Fisher Music Center
Forms Lab Coat Order Form
White Coat Ceremony Information Form
Arrival Time Members of the Class of 2021 are asked to arrive at the Orchestra Hall/Max Fisher Music Center by 10:00 a.m. and proceed to the front center section of the auditorium. There will be staff available to direct students. The doors of the theater will open at 9:30 a.m.
Attire The Class of 2021 should dress in professional/interview attire. Students should not wear suit coats, blazers or jackets. Please do not bring backpacks, handbags or other valuables.
Seating Each member of the Class of 2021 will be given (5) tickets. You can invite (4) guests and you must keep one ticket for yourself. There will be no admittance without a ticket. The program begins promptly at 11:00 a.m. The program will last approximately two hours.
Directions Orchestra Hall/Max M. Fisher Music Center
3711 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48201
Box Office Phone: (313) 576-5111The Max is located at 3711 Woodward Avenue and Parsons Street, between Mack and Warren. For improved traffic flow into the Orchestra Place Parking Deck, please enter Parsons from Cass Avenue.

From the East:Take I-94 west to the Woodward exit. Proceed south on Woodward.

From the West:Take I-94 east to the Woodward/John R exit. Proceed south on John R to Warren, turn right. Make a left to go south on Cass and a left to enter Parsons. Or take I-96 east to the Lodge (M-10) north. Exit at Forest/Warren, follow Forest east to Cass, turn right and turn left to enter Parsons.

From the North:Take I-75 south to the Mack Rd. exit. Go west on Mack to past Woodward to Cass Avenue and turn right. Then turn right onto Parsons. Or take the Lodge (M-10) south to the Forest/Warren exit. Take Forest east to Cass and turn right, then left on Parsons.

From the South:Take I-75 north to the Mack Rd. exit. Proceed west on Mack past Woodward to Cass Avenue, turn right. Turn right to enter Parsons.ParkingParking is available for $7 in the Orchestra Place Parking Structure located on Parsons just south of The Max. Parking is also available in the Orchestra Place parking deck for patrons with handicap permits.Special AssistanceThe theater is fully accessible to persons using wheelchairs.PhotographsThe Medical School has arranged for photographs to be taken of each student at the ceremony which will be available for purchase. Family photos will also be available prior to and immediately following the ceremony.WSU ApparelWayne State University School of Medicine merchandise will be available to purchase on the day of the White Coat Ceremony. There will also be a Student Organization fair in the Allesee and Music Box conference rooms of the theatre.

All Michigan Residency Recruitment Day

Residency programs from across the State of Michigan visit the medical campus and present to Year II and Year III students information regarding post-graduate training and career opportunities available throughout the state.

Clinical Externship and Research Day

The Clinical Externship and Research Day for our Clinical Campuses sponsored by SEMCME. All MS1’s are invited and encouraged to attend to learn more about summer clinical and research externships. These are typically paid.

Ethnic Week

Activities and programs celebrate the ethnic and cultural diversity of our students, faculty and staff.

Clinical Externship and Research Day

The Clinical Externship and Research Day for our Clinical Campuses sponsored by SEMCME. All MS1’s are invited and encouraged to attend to learn more about summer clinical and research externships. These are typically paid.


The annual ceremony at which the M.D. degree is conferred upon those students who have met all academic requirements of the degree. Special honors and awards are presented at Commencement.

If you are a faculty member and wish to participate please contact Allison Gherardini –

Day, Time, Place Date: Monday, May 16, 2016
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Place: Fox Theatre
Student Information You are to enter the Fox Theatre through the Prime Seat Entrance (this entrance is just across the street from the Fox Theatre Parking Structure) on Montcalm Ave. The robing and assembly areas cannot be reached through the theatre’s other entrances; therefore, graduates will be admitted ONLY through the Prime Seat Entrance Door on Montcalm Ave. Fox Theatre staff and medical school personnel will greet you at the Montcalm St. entrance and direct you to the robing/assembly area.

You must report to the Fox Theatre no later than 12:15 p.m. Given the amount of freeway construction in the metropolitan area and the unannounced closing of freeways as well as entrance and exit ramps, be certain to allow yourself and advise your guests to allow for unexpected traffic delays. Commencement will begin at 1:00 p.m. We cannot delay the start of the ceremony for the late arrival of either graduates or their guests. Audience seating is on a first come basis. Seats cannot be “held” for the arrival of others.

Return of academic gown: Immediately following the ceremony, student gowns and hoods are to be returned to the student robing area. The cap and tassel are your keepsake of Commencement.

Alumni Merchandise
& Gifts
A variety of Wayne State University School of Medicine merchandise will be available to purchase at the Fox Theatre on Commencement Day.The Office of Alumni Affairs, also has merchandise available for purchase. Call for office hours and location (313) 577-3587

Item Price*
Hooded Sweatshirt $35
Crewneck Sweatshirt $30
T-Shirt $15
Proud Mom/Dad/Parent T-Shirt $15
Sweatpants $22
Youth T-Shirt $10
Baby Onesie $10
Bib $8
Coffee Mug $7
Travel Mug $12
Water Bottle $3/5
Lunch Bag $10
Baseball Cap $15
Rose $7

*Prices subject to change

Guest Information The doors will open at 12:00 p.m. for the immediate seating of guests in the auditorium. The lobby area, restrooms and main floor audience seating are fully accessible to persons with mobility limitations. However, the theatre does not provide wheelchairs. The Fox Theatre staff will escort wheelchair guests to the main floor seating area set aside to accommodate guests in wheelchairs. Due to fire and safety regulations, the aisles cannot be blocked. NO GUEST WILL BE ADMITTED WITHOUT A TICKET AND SEATS CANNOT BE HELD FOR LATE ARRIVEES. The lobby area must be cleared before the academic procession can begin. All guests must be seated in the auditorium by 12:50 p.m.
Maps & Parking Parking is available in the Fox Theatre Parking Structure. Charge: $5.00. The parking structure is located between Woodward Avenue and Park, just south of the I-75 (Fisher Freeway). Entrances to the structure are on the Fisher Freeway (service drive) and on Montcalm St. There are also several surface lots in the immediate area.

View commencement parking and entrance map (PDF)

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For more information, detours and suggested alternative routes please check MDOT’s Mi Drive website:
Construction and Traffic in Metro Region for May 20, 2013.

To find the most comprehensive directions to the Fox Theatre, use your favorite mapping site:

Fox Theatre
2211 Woodward Avenue

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Out of Town Guests Wayne State University welcomes out-of-town guests to Commencement. Please use the following links to find out information about Detroit and the local area including attractions and hotel accommodations.

Wayne State University: Explore Detroit

VisitDetroit: Stay Downtown Detroit

Urbanspoon Detroit: Detroit Restaurants and Reviews

Photograph Information A professional photographer will take each graduate’s photo as the graduate crosses the stage. Family and friends will not be able to gain access to the orchestra pit area to take close-up shots. Caps and gowns are distributed a few days in advance to give the graduates the opportunity to take lots of family photographs. You will not have the opportunity to mingle with family and friends at the Fox Theatre before the ceremony begins. Immediately following the ceremony the cap and gown company collects all academic regalia.
Student Cap & Gown

Cap & Gown Measurements

Specialty Enterprisewill handle cap and gown orders in the Margherio Conference Center, 11:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 12, 2015. Please go to the office of Student Affairs (Suite 315 Mazurek) if you will not be here to take care of this matter. The rental fee is $63.60. Your check or money order should be made payable to Specialty Enterprises. Class rings and announcements can also be ordered fromSpecialty Enterprise.

Cap & Gown

Any questions or concerns regarding your cap and gown should be directed to the Student Affairs Office, 577-1463. The pick-up schedule is given below. If you cannot come in personally, someone else can pick up your gown for you; however, they will have to sign for it (same goes for tickets).

Academic dress is like a military uniform or religious vestment. The mortar board is the required cap. If you purchased the beret, you will receive it when you pick-up your gown and mortar board. It is yours to keep but is not to be worn at graduation.

Corsages, purses, cameras, flowers, organizational insignia are not worn with cap and gown nor are they carried in the procession. Wear light clothing. Gentlemen may wish to remove their jackets since academic gowns can be quite warm. Personal belongings should be given to family members prior to entering the theatre. We also suggest you bring bobby pins to secure your cap (men too) and safety pins to secure your hood. Make sure your tassel is worn on the right side of your cap.

Cap & Gown Distribution

Date: May 13 and May 14
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Place: 306 Mazurek Medical Education Commons

Before you can pick-up your cap & gown, tickets, etc. you must clear any holds on your record (accounts receivable, financial aid exit interviews, senior evaluations, grades, tuition fees, library books to be returned, etc.) If in doubt, call the Registrar’s Office (313) 577-1470.


The Class of 2015 will also be hooded during the ceremony, so you do not have to wear our hoods prior to the ceremony.

Day of Commencement:

  1. Any robes not picked up by Friday May 15will transported to the Fox Theatre
  2. Students need to arrive and be seated in their designated seats (upstairs) by 12:15 PM.
  3. The cap should be worn, and the tassel is placed on the right side.
  4. The back loop of the hood should be unbuttoned.
  5. When processing toward the stage, students should have their hood draped over their left arm.
  6. As students wait to climb the stairs to the stage, they will undrape their hood and hold it out in front of them. Students will go on stage when their name is announced.
  7. The point of the hood should face the student and the colors should face the Deans.
  8. When Dr. Schenk and Dr. Ray place the hood over the student’s head, the student can take hold of the point and help ease the hood down over his/her shoulders.
  9. Taller students should dip down a bit.
  10. Once done, the student will get a tap on the shoulder. The student can then proceed to the diploma table.

We also made a brief video with instructions and a walkthrough. Click Here!

Announcements, Class Rings, Etc.

Please contact:
Specialty Enterprise
6780 Rochester Rd.
Troy, MI 48085

Tickets Every graduate automatically receives 10 Commencement tickets. If you are not going to need all of the tickets allotted to you, please don’t take them so we will be able to make them available to others. Tickets will be available for pickup beginning on May 4, 2015.
Volunteer for
If you are interested in assisting with the medical school’s 2015 Commencement please contact Mrs. Dawn Yargeau at for more information. Staging commencement is very much like a theatrical production and requires lots of “behind the scenes” assistants to make it all happen. Your assistance is invaluable and greatly appreciated.

We ask all student assistants to arrive at the Fox Theatre at 11:00 p.m., Monday, May 18. Commencement will begin at 1:00 p.m. and end at 3:00 p.m. You are to enter through the side doors of the Fox Theatre. Report to the stage area located in the auditorium. Mrs. Dawn Yargeau from the Admissions Office will be there to brief you on the specifics of your duties. The house doors will be open for audience admission at 12:00 p.m. You will need an hour to familiarize yourself with the facility (location of restrooms, traffic patterns, etc.)

Graduation is a time of great excitement and celebration. It can also bring out “bad behavior” on the part of graduates’ family/guests who want to “save seats” and wait in lobby areas. The opera house staff/security will handle “crowd control” your main duty will be that of a welcoming host and assisting opera house and medical school personnel.

If you find that you cannot help please contact the Office of Admissions no later than May 9. If you have any questions please call the Student Affairs office. Again, thanks for your help.

Ladies: Dress, suit, skirt/blouse. Comfortable dress shoes.

Gentlemen: Shirt and tie, jacket optional, but always enhances a gentlemen appearance. Comfortable dress shoes.

Please note: You will be reimbursed for your parking expense (save the parking stub) and bring it to the Office of Student Affairs.

Ticketing The Class of 2015 students attend free of charge. Guest tickets are $20.00 per person. The ticket cost includes appetizers and a champagne toast. There is a two guest per student limit at this time. Many students would like to bring more than two guests to Match Day. If you would like an extra ticket(s) to Match Day, please complete the extra ticket request form and you will be placed on a wait list. Extra tickets will be sold off on a first come first serve basis, as all entries of this form are time-stamped. Children under the age of two are free but must be seated in a stroller or on the lap of an adult. For specific ticketing details go to:
Seating The Class of 2015 Student Senate has made it a priority to allow students to sit with their family and friends at Match Day, rather than have to open your envelope among alphabetical neighbors. We need your help in making this a smooth process, so we require a response from EVERY student attending Match Day 2015 regardless of whether you will have guests.

If you are requesting a table(s) with friends, please fill out the form on our Match Day 2015 website with each student’s name and how many guests each of you will have. To request a table, you must have a full table of 10 including students and their guests. You may request adjacent tables of 10, and we will do our best to accommodate those requests but no promises are made. We will attempt to accommodate groups forming incomplete ( < 10 people) tables to the best of our ability, but make no guarantees. Thus, it would make this process much more efficient if you can do your best to form full tables of ten.

It is imperative that students do NOT switch tables at Match Day because Match envelopes will be organized by table number. You are free to roam about after 12:00 p.m. after the envelopes have been opened.

Questions Email Allison Gherardini at

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Faculty Information Day of InformationWe ask that you arrive at the Fox Theater no later than 12:30 p.m.

All Faculty must use the “Suite” entrance (there is a red awning over the doorway). This entrance is located on Montcalm Street which is directly across from the Fox Theatre parking structure. Academic Regalia will be delivered directly to the Fox Theatre. There will be staff there to assist you with robing. After you have picked up your regalia and are properly robed, you will be seated until the procession begins. All faculty must be robed and in the line of march no later than 12:50 p.m.

Shuttle Services (Faculty Only)

Shuttle service to and from the Fox Theater will be available. This year we have reserved three shuttle buses that will transport the faculty to the Fox Theatre beginning at 11:45 p.m. The shuttles will depart from the driveway between Scott Hall and the Lande Research Building. The shuttles will return you to Scott Hall immediately following the commencement ceremony.

Academic RegaliaAll orders must be placed by May 1.

If you have participated in Commencement in the past, or have your own regalia then simply send an email to saying “have own regalia” or “measurements on file” to Nicole Collier .

If you have not participated in Commencement, please use the link below to order your regalia. All orders must be placed by Wednesday, May 1.

Please complete the entire form. All fields must be completed or academic regalia cannot be ordered.

Any questions, please email Nicole Collier.

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Ethnic Week

Activities and programs celebrate the ethnic and cultural diversity of our students, faculty and staff.

Match Day