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Commencement photos


Isaac Wheeler stands out in the crowd during Commencement with a hand-made chopstick structure on the top of his cap. (Photo by Martin Vloet, U-M Photo Services)

A jubilant Judith Jamison waves at the crowd after receiving an honorary doctor of fine arts degree. Jamison is director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. (Photo by Martin Vloet, U-M Photo Services)

Georgena Shirazi Baydoun and her son Jamil, the sister and nephew of Mahmoud Shirazi, attend the U-M-Dearborn Commencement, where Mahmoud Shirazi was awarded a degree posthumously. Shirazi, 22, died April 15 in Dearborn after a motorcycle accident. He was studying corporate communications, and he worked as a customer advocate at Comcast. Published reports described him as friendly and quick with a smile, and said he had plans to open a Subway store or to rise through the ranks at Comcast.

At the time of his accident, he had his final paper in his backpack, ready to turn it in, according to the Detroit Free Press. (Photo by Marcia Ledford, U-M Photo Services)

Steve Kotre blows a kiss to his wife and other family members during the School of Education commencement. In 2002, his son, Noah Patrick Kotre, was diagnosed with retinoblastoma while Kotre was in the middle of the Master of Arts with Certification-Elementary Program. Noah had to have his left eye removed; he now is cancer-free and is used to having vision out of only one eye. Kotre said his family "understood the signficance of surviving this program given the ordeal we went through as a family with our son's bout with cancer." (Photo by Marcia Ledford, U-M Photo Services)

Steven Hufnagel dons a hard hat during the graduation ceremony for the School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE). Hufnagel, the graduate speaker, traded in his mortarboard for the hard hat during his speech, noting the ongoing construction in SNRE's Dana Building during renovations that are making it a "green" building. (Photo by Marcia Ledford, U-M Photo Services)

Students from the Division of Kinesiology prepare for graduation at the Michigan Theater. (Photo by Martin Vloet, U-M Photo Services)


Graduate Ricardo Caudillo poses for a photo with cousins Evangelina Cepeda and Gerardo Cepeda and sister Sara Caudillo before La Celebracion Latina. (Photo by Marcia Ledford, U-M Photo Services)

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