A day of firsts
Gov. Jennifer Granholm and President Mary Sue Coleman chat during Spring
Commencement as they each prepare to make history: Granholm delivering
her first commencement address as the first woman governor of Michigan,
and Coleman giving her first U-M graduation remarks as the first woman
to serve as president of University. Granholm addressed current events,
including the war in Iraq. She contrasted the scenes of war with illustrations
of children in Northville, Mich., singing songs of America. "Indeed,
gratefully, this is no simple world," she told graduates.
Coleman talked about the responsibility to use information wisely in
an age when it is nearly impossible to keep up with technology. "How
much of this endless information do you really need to know? How much
of this new 'information' is true, or valuable, and how much is useless?
And how do you tell the difference?" (Photo by Martin Vloet, U-M