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2005 University Spring Commencement activities
Spring Commencement

Spring Commencement will be held at 10 a.m. April 30 in Michigan Stadium. The University will award all undergraduate degrees and confer six honorary degrees at the event.

A live broadcast will be carried on Michigan Television: WFUM-TV 28 in Flint and channel 22 on Comcast cable in the greater Ann Arbor area. A Web link to live streaming video is available at


All family members and guests attending Spring Commencement, including children older than 2, will need a ticket to enter Michigan Stadium. Tickets will be distributed 8 a.m.-
4:30 p.m. April 25-28 in the Pond Room of the Michigan Union. Extra tickets, if available, will be distributed to graduates and candidates on a first-come, first-served basis 8 a.m.-noon April 29 in the Pond Room.

Bachelor's degree recipients will be eligible to receive up to eight tickets; graduate (master's and doctoral) degree recipients will be eligible to receive up to four tickets. Individuals must show their student identification cards to receive tickets. If family members or guests require wheelchair or accessible seating, call (734) 647-6037 by April 20 to make seating arrangements.

All tickets will be marked with section, row and seat numbers. Ticket sets will contain consecutive seats and will be distributed in random order.


Michigan Stadium gates will open at 8:30 a.m. Families and guests should enter through gates 2, 4, 8 and 9. The graduate procession will begin at 8:45 a.m.

Spring Commencement will occur in Michigan Stadium regardless of the weather. While umbrellas are not encouraged, they are not barred in the stadium if it is raining.

In the event of inclement weather the ceremony will be shown on video screens in Crisler Arena. Because seating capacity in the arena is limited, students will receive only two general admission tickets for this option.

Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipients

John Seely Brown—former chief scientist of Xerox Corporation and a leading contemporary thinker on the influence of technology on modern life—will give the main address.

He is one of six people who will receive an honorary degree during Spring Commencement.

Honorary degrees to be conferred are: Brown, doctor of science; Henry W. Bloch, founder of H&R Block and U-M alumnus, doctor of laws; physicist Mildred Dresselhaus, Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, doctor of science; Bruce S. McEwen, the Alfred E. Mirsky Professor and head of the Hatch Laboratory of Neuroendocrinology at The Rockefeller University, doctor of science; Margaret Ann (Ranny) Riecker, philanthropist and longtime supporter of higher education and the education of women, doctor of laws; and Glenn E. (Bo) Schembechler, former U-M football coach, doctor of laws.

Graduate Exercises

Graduate Exercises for all master's and doctoral graduates and candidates who receive their degrees through the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies, will be held at 1 p.m. April 29 in Hill Auditorium.


Up to six tickets per graduate or candidate will be distributed 9 a.m.-4 p.m. April 25-28 in the lobby of the Rackham Building. Extra tickets, if available, will be distributed to graduates and candidates on a first-come, first-served basis 8:30 a.m.-noon April 29 in the West Wing reception desk in the Rackham Graduate School.


Hill doors will open at noon April 29. Families and guests will enter the auditorium through the front and side lobby doors, and should be seated by 12:45 p.m.


Dresselhaus will be the main speaker at University Graduate Exercises.

Commencement activities

University-wide commencement exercises, as well as departmental receptions and other activities for students and their families are listed below. Individual campus units and departments submitted the information. Many events require tickets.

For up-to-the-minute commencement information, visit or call the commencement hotline, (734) 647-6037.

Friday, April 29

Tri-Service ROTC Commissioning, 10 a.m., Michigan League, Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 764-2400.

Department of Physics, reception honoring graduates and award recipients,
11 a.m., West Hall, Room 337; annual awards ceremony, noon, West Hall, Room 340, 936-0659.

Frankel Center for Judaic Studies, 1-3 p.m., Frieze Building, Room 3050, 615-6097.

University Graduate Exercises, 1 p.m., Hill Auditorium, 647-7580.

School of Information graduate recognition ceremony, 4 p.m., Michigan League, Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 763-2285. Speaker: Elaine Didier, director of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum. A reception will follow in the Alumni Center.

School of Public Health Convocation, 5:30 p.m., Michigan Theater, 764-5425. Speaker: Dr. William McGuire, chairman and CEO, UnitedHealth Group.

Stephen M. Ross School of Business, 6 p.m., Crisler Arena, 936-3515. Speaker: Jerry White, co-founder and executive director of the Landmine Survivors Network. A reception for all graduating students and their friends and family members will be held 2-4 p.m. in the Business School Portico.

School of Music, 7 p.m., Power Center for the Performing Arts, 764-0594. A commencement recital will begin at 6:30 p.m. It will feature winners of the E.V. Moore Awards and the Willis Patterson Award.

Division of Kinesiology, 8 p.m., Hill Auditorium, 647-2689. Speaker: Harold Kohl, lead epidemiologist and team leader in the physical activity and health branch of the Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

LaCelebracion Latina, 8 p.m., Michigan League, Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 936-1055. Speaker: Cecilia Muñoz, vice president of the Office of Research, Advocacy & Legislation at the National Council of La Raza.

Saturday, April 30

Spring Commencement, 10 a.m., Michigan Stadium, 647-6037.

School of Art & Design, noon, Art & Architecture Building Courtyard, 764-0397.

School of Nursing, 12:30 p.m., Hill Auditorium, 763-9435. Speaker: Col. Leana Fox, Army Health Promotion Policy Branch chief for the deputy chief of staff for personnel-human resources directorate, Individual Readiness Policy Division, Washington, D.C.

School of Social Work, 1 p.m., Power Center for the Performing Arts, 764-3309. Speaker: Lloyd Carr, head football coach. A reception will follow in the lobby.

School of Natural Resources & Environment/Program in the Environment, 1 p.m., Rackham Auditorium, 764-6453. A reception will follow in the Michigan League Ballroom.

Residential College, 2 p.m., Chemistry Building Auditorium, 647-4364. A reception will follow in East Quad.

College of Engineering, 3 p.m., Crisler Arena, 647-7085. Speaker: Larry Page, Google co-founder and president-products.

Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, 3 p.m., Michigan League, Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 615-3893. Speaker: Ronald Weiser, ambassador to the Slovak Republic and chairman of McKinley Associates.

School of Education, 4 p.m., Hill Auditorium, 763-4061.

Black Celebratory, 7:30 p.m., Hill Auditorium, 936-0664. Speaker: Kenya Ayers, associate vice provost for academic services at Kettering University.

Sunday, May 1

U-M-Dearborn College of Engineering and Computer Science, and School of Management, 10:30 a.m., Field House, (313) 593-5330. Speaker: Eric Ridenour, Chrysler Group executive vice president for product development.

A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning, 1 p.m., Hill Auditorium, 764-1340.

U-M-Flint Commencement, 2:30 p.m., Perani Arena and Event Center, (810) 762-3351. Speaker: Jef Mallett, creator of the comic strip "Frazz."

U-M-Dearborn College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters, 2:30 p.m., Field House, (313) 593-5330. Speaker: Mark Gaffney, president of the Michigan State AFL-CIO.

Saturday, May 7

School of Dentistry, 10 a.m., Hill Auditorium, 647-4026. Speaker: Dr. Antonia Novello, State of New York health commissioner, former U.S. surgeon general.

Law School Senior Day, 2 p.m., Hill Auditorium, 615-4501. Speaker: Author Scott Turow.

Friday, June 3

Medical School, 3 p.m., Hill Auditorium, 763-7981. Speaker: Dr. Susan Blumenthal, former U.S. assistant surgeon general, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Saturday, June 4

College of Pharmacy, 1:45 p.m., Rackham Auditorium, 764-7144. Speaker: Henri Manasse, executive vice president and CEO of American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. A reception will follow at 3 p.m. in Rackham.

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