Graduation 2023! Everything you need to know!

May 18, 2023 Washtenaw Technical Middle College

WTMC Graduation 2023 is Saturday, May 20!

Graduation Rehearsal

When: Friday, May 19, 2023 at 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Where: George Gervin GameAbove Center.
What: Graduates will do a brief walkthrough of the ceremony and the graduation day meeting room. They will receive general information about graduation day and have any questions answered.

  • Students who are eligible for honors cords will receive them at the end of rehearsal.

Graduation Day

When: Saturday, May 20, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. (The ceremony will end at approximately 4:00.)

  • Graduates arrive at 1:30 p.m. and meet in the auxiliary gym located on the ground floor of the center (one level below the entrance/lobby)

Where: George Gervin GameAbove Center (formerly known as the Eastern Michigan Convocation Center) 799 Hewitt Road, Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Graduation Live Stream

For friends and family that can't attend graduation in-person, the ceremony will be live-streamed on the WCC YouTube channel.

View the Livestream!

Travel to the Ceremony - Local Construction

Attendees traveling to graduation via I-94 should be aware that Michigan Avenue is currently closed for construction between I-94 and Hewitt Road in Ypsilanti Township. See the Washtenaw County Road Commission website for details and a detour map. This detour map is for Michigan Avenue, not Hewitt. Suggested routes are as follows:

FROM THE EAST: Take I-94 west to Huron Street. Turn right on Huron Street. Take Huron Street to Washtenaw Ave. and turn left. Take Washtenaw Ave. to Hewitt St. and turn right. There is construction at Huron St. and Michigan Ave. so expect delays.

FROM THE WEST: Take I-94 east to US 23 north and exit at E/B Washtenaw Ave (Exit 37A). Take Washtenaw Ave. to Hewitt St. Turn left on Hewitt St.

Graduation Security Notice

Message from Eastern Michigan University President James Smith and Chief of Police Matthew Lige:

Eastern Michigan University is looking forward to hosting your graduation ceremony this spring at the George Gervin GameAbove Center. As you might expect, the Eastern Michigan University Department of Public Safety will enforce expanded security initiatives for high school graduation ceremonies this spring. The security measures are similar to those we implemented for Eastern’s own graduates and their families during ceremonies on April 30. Please allow for a few extra minutes before the start of your ceremony to participate in the screening process.

The security measures include:

All individuals will be subject to a metal detector screening upon entry into the Center.

The following items are prohibited:

  • Weapons including handguns, tasers and chemical sprays
  • Fireworks
  • Knives, box cutters and scissors
  • Laser pointers
  • Book bags, purses, briefcases, backpacks, paper bags, luggage, duffel bags, camera bags, wrapped gifts or gift bags
  • Balloons
  • Selfie sticks
  • Beachballs or other projectiles
  • Banners with poles/sticks
  • Umbrellas with pointed tips
  • Skateboards/rollerblades
  • Noise making devices

The following items may be allowed after inspection:

  • Diaper bags
  • Medically necessary items
  • Child carriers
  • Small clutch purses 4.5" x 6.5"
  • Clear bags (must be no larger than 12" x 6" x 12" or a gallon Ziploc -- one side of the bag has to be completely free from décor)

All guests should be prepared to place their wallets, cell phone, and keys into a bin during the screening process.

Signage will be visible in the parking areas prior to entering the George Gervin GameAbove Center, reminding graduates and guests of items that are prohibited and those that are allowed. Security staff and law enforcement professionals will be available to answer any questions prior to entering the facility.

Our best wishes for an outstanding graduation ceremony for your students, staff and families.


James Smith
President, Eastern Michigan University

Matthew Lige
Chief of Police/Executive Director of Public Safety, Eastern Michigan University