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2004 spring commencement photos

U-M-Dearborn graduates celebrate with members of the class of 2026 (left). (Photo by Paul Jaronski, U-M Photo Services)

Lt. Gov. John Cherry (above left) delivers the commencement address at U-M-Flint. He said that the entrepreneurship of early Michigan automobile pioneers “built our state.” Today, he said, “Michigan is at a crossroads, and so are you, the future dreamers and doers of this state.” President Mary Sue Coleman (above center) urges graduates to take a last look at their favorite spots on campus, but also to return soon. Julius Chambers, speaker at the Graduate Exercises, meets with Coleman. He spoke about diversity and the legacy of the Brown v. Board of Education U.S. Supreme Court decision. “We have moved a long way over the past 50 years toward insuring equal opportunities for all citizens,” he said. “We haven’t achieved our goal, but Brown v. Board of Education, which we commemorate this year, has helped to make much of our progress possible.” (Photos, left to right: Mel Serow, U-M-Flint; Martin Vloet, U-M Photo Services; Martin Vloet, U-M Photo Services.)

Scenes from Spring Commencement (above left), the Black Celebratory (above middle), and University Graduate Exercises (above right). (Photos, left to right: Martin Vloet, U-M Photo Services; Marcia Ledford, U-M Photo Services; Martin Vloet, U-M Photo Services.)

A participant in the University Graduate Exercises greets a member of the audience at Hill Auditorium (Photo by Martin Vloet, U-M Photo Services).


School of Public Health Dean Noreen Clark addresses graduates during her school’s ceremony (Photo by Marcia Ledford, U-M Photo Services).


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