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Spring commencement 2005

Graduates Lizette Alvarez, Oscar Barbarin and Lander Coronado-Garcia (above, left) acknowledge commencement remarks at the LaCelebracion Latina in the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre (Photo by Marcia Ledford, U-M Photo Services) . Erin Wesley rejoices on stage at the Black Celebratory ceremony in Hill Auditorium (right). (Photo by Marcia Ledford, U-M Photo Services)


President Mary Sue Coleman (above, left, photo by Martin Vloet, U-M Photo Services) urges the Class of 2005 to be bold, have confidence, “stand up and stand out.” In remarks at the April 30 commencement ceremony Coleman told graduates her final piece of advice flies in the face of what their parents always taught them: “I want you to run through the rain. I want you to play in the street. I want you to talk to strangers. I want you to be fearless.” The president told participants they are entering a world that is shrinking because of globalization yet growing more competitive. “So run for public office. Propose an impossible hypothesis—and collect the data to prove it right. Ask the hard questions or support a cause—I know you have practiced that here. Stand up for what you believe in, and for what is right. You just might change the course of events for the better.”
Legendary football coach Bo Schembechler (above, right, photo by Martin Vloet, U-M Photo Services) was the recipient of an honorary doctor of laws degree. Addressing graduates, he joked that it only took them four years to get an opportunity to sit on the 50-yard line at Michigan Stadium. The winningest coach in school history, Schembechler repeated a famous phrase in U-M athletics: “Thos who stay will be champions.” “When I look out at this group, I see that you are all champions,” he said. “You now have the credentials to lead—so lead.” Like other speakers of the day, Schembechler acknowledged that this is the class that began its academic career days before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. “We will get through these cynical times that we live in because we have great graduates of the University of Michigan that are going to help us succeed and be a great nation."

LSA Dean Terrence J. McDonald (above, photo by Martin Vloet, U-M Photo Services) takes his place at the 50-yard line of Michigan Stadium to congratulate the Class of 2005.

Philanthropist and higher education advocate Margaret Ann Riecker is congratulated by President Mary Sue Coleman (above, photo by Martin Vloet, U-M Photo Services) after receiving an honorary doctor of laws degree. Riecker was one of six people to receive honorary degrees at commencement.

John Seely Brown delivers the commencement address at Michigan Stadium (left, photo by Martin Vloet, U-M Photo Services). Brown, who received an honorary doctor of science degree, was cheered by students for having helped invent spellcheck. “You are the first class of the ’net generation,” he told them. “You beathe bits of information as easily as members of my generation breathe air.” Brown called the graduates natives of the digital age who, when they have thoughts or ideas, might ’blog them to see what others think. He encouraged the group to acquire two more skills: listen with humility and look around with unbiased eyes. “You can do things now most of us never dreamed of just a few years ago,” he said.

A group of graduates from the Division of Kinesiology assembles in front of one of the University’s great landmarks—Burton Memorial Tower (below, right). School of Public Health candidates bask in the glow of their big day (below, left, photo by Martin Vloet, U-M Photo Services).

U-M alumnus and Google co-founder and president Larry Page addresses graduates of the College of Engineering (right). (Photo by Martin Vloet, U-M Photo Services)


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