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2004 University Spring Commencement activities

Spring Commencement

Spring Commencement, the University-wide ceremony for all graduates, will be held at 9:15 a.m. May 1 in Michigan Stadium. The University will award all undergraduate degrees and confer five honorary degrees at the event.

A live broadcast will be carried on U-M Public Television WFUM-TV 28, channel 22 on Comcast cable in the greater Ann Arbor area, and on the Web at

All undergraduate degrees and the University's honorary degrees will be conferred at the May 1 ceremony.

All family members and guests attending Spring Commencement, including children older than 2, need a ticket to enter Michigan Stadium. Tickets will be distributed 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. April 26-29 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 30 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 card to receive tickets. If family members or guests require wheelchair or accessible seating, call (734) 647-6037 by April 21 to make seating arrangements.

Michigan Stadium gates open at 8:30 a.m. Families and guests should enter through gates 2, 4, 8 and 9. All guests should be seated prior to 9:15 a.m., when the graduate procession begins.

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. The ceremony also 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.

David Davis Jr., founder and editor emeritus of Automobile Magazine—who was dubbed the "dean of America's automotive critics" by Time Magazine—will give the main address and receive an honorary degree at exercises in Michigan Stadium.

Rachel Fisher, a senior honors student in LSA, will be the student speaker for Commencement.

The honorary degrees to be conferred, including four to U-M alumni, are: Davis, doctor of humane letters; Daniel Aaron '33, professor emeritus of American literature at Harvard University, and founder and director of the Library of America series, doctor of humane letters; Julius Chambers '59, director of the Civil Rights Center of the University of North Carolina Law School, doctor of laws; William Nelson Joy '75, Internet pioneer and co-founder of Sun Microsystems, doctor of engineering; Helmut Stern, industrialist, entrepreneur, philanthropist and humanitarian, doctor of laws; and Karen Uhlenbeck '64, the Sid W. Richardson Foundation Regents' Chair in Mathematics at the University of Texas at Austin, doctor of science.

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 3 p.m. April 30 in Hill Auditorium.

Up to six tickets per graduate or candidate will be distributed 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. April 27-28 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.-4:30 p.m. April 29 in the Student Services Center, lower level of the Rackham Building.

Hill doors will open at 2 p.m. April 30. Families and guests enter the auditorium through the front and side lobby doors, and should be seated by 2:45 p.m.

Chambers will be the main speaker.

Commencement activities

University-wide commencement exercises, as well as departmental receptions and other activities for students and their families are listed below. The information was submitted by individual campus units and departments. Many events require tickets. For up-to-the-minute commencement information, visit or call the commencement hotline,
(734) 647-6037.

Friday, April 30

Tri-Service ROTC Commissioning, 10 a.m., Lydia Mendelssohn Theater, 647-4092.

Department of Physics award ceremony, 10 a.m., West Hall, Room 340, 936-0659.

Frankel Center for Judaic Studies commencement reception, 1 p.m., Frieze Building, Room 3050, 615-1287. A shared reception with the departments of Near Eastern Studies, and Asian Languages and Cultures.

University Graduate Exercises, 3 p.m., Hill Auditorium, 647-7580.

Center for Afroamerican and African Studies commencement recognition ceremony,
3 p.m., Haven Hall, Room 4701, 764-5517.

Bachelor of General Studies and Individualized Concentration Plan graduation reception,
3 p.m., Betsey Barbour Common Room, 764-0332.

School of Information graduate recognition ceremony, 5 p.m., Chemistry Building Atrium, 763-2285. Speaker: Provost Paul N. Courant.

School of Public Health, 5 p.m., Michigan Theater, 764-5425. Tickets required. Speaker: B. Joseph White, Wilbur K. Pierpont Collegiate Professor and professor of business administration.

Business School, 6 p.m., Crisler Arena, 936-3515. Speaker: Stacey Davis Stewart (master of business administration '87), president and chief executive officer of the Fannie Mae Foundation. A reception will be 2:30-4 p.m. in the Kresge 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. Speaker: Andrew Hill, motivational speaker, author and former president of CBS Productions and Channel One Network.

La Celebracion Latina, 7:30 p.m., Lydia Mendelssohn Theater, 936-1055. Speaker: Diane De Hoyos, General Motors Corp.

Division of Kinesiology, 8 p.m., Hill Auditorium, 764-4472. Speaker: Thomas Templin, chair of kinesiology, Purdue University. A reception will follow in the Michigan League Ballroom.

Saturday, May 1

Spring Commencement, 9:15 a.m., Michigan Stadium, 647-6037.

School of Art & Design, noon, Art and Architecture Building Courtyard, 764-0397. Speaker: Keith Cooley, chief operating officer, Focus: HOPE, Detroit.

School of Nursing, 12:30 p.m., Hill Auditorium, 763-9435. A reception will follow in the Michigan League. Speaker: Janean Erickson Holden (master of science '87, doctorate '93), associate professor, Department of Medical-Surgical Nursing, University of Illinois at Chicago.

School of Natural Resources and Environment, 1 p.m., Rackham Auditorium, 764-6453. Speaker: Linda Lance, vice president, public policy, The Wilderness Society, and former associate director of the White House Council on Environmental Quality. A reception will follow in the Rackham Building lobby.

School of Social Work, 1 p.m., Power Center for the Performing Arts, 764-3309. Speaker: Regent Olivia Maynard. A reception will follow in the lobby.

Center for Afroamerican and African Studies graduation reception, 1 p.m., Haven Hall, Room 4701, 764-5517.

Residential College, 2 p.m., Chemistry Building Auditorium, 763-0176.

College of Engineering, 3 p.m., Crisler Arena, 647-7046. Speaker: William Joy (bachelor of science '75), co-founder of Sun Microsystems.

Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, 4 p.m., Lydia Mendelssohn Theater,
615-3893. Speaker: Catherine Bertini, undersecretary general for management at the United Nations.

School of Education, 4 p.m., Hill Auditorium, 763-4061. Speaker: Judith Ramaley, education and human resources directorate, National Science Foundation.

Black Celebratory, 7:30 p.m., Hill Auditorium, 936-0664. Speaker: Hon. Damon Keith, U. S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit.

Sunday, May 2

U-M-Dearborn College of Engineering and Computer Science, and School of Management, 10:30 a.m., Field House, (313) 593-5330. Speaker: Kenneth Whipple, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of CMS Energy Corporation.

A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning, 11 a.m., Hill Auditorium, 764-1340. A reception will follow at 12:30 p.m.

U-M-Dearborn College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters, and School of Education, 2:30 p.m., Field House, (313) 593-5330. Speaker: Kenneth Stephen Burnley, chief executive officer, Detroit Public Schools.

U-M-Flint, 2:30 p.m., IMA Sports Arena, (810) 762-3351.

Saturday, May 8

School of Dentistry, 11 a.m., Hill Auditorium, 764-1512. Speaker: Dr. Lawrence Tabak, director, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. A reception will follow in the atrium of the Sindecuse Museum at the School of Dentistry.

Law School Senior Day, 3 p.m., Hill Auditorium, 615-4501. Speaker: U.S. Sen. Peter Fitzgerald (R-Ill.) (juris doctor '86).

Friday, June 4

Medical School, 3 p.m., Hill Auditorium, 763-7981. Speaker: Dr. Elias Zerhouni, director of the National Institutes of Health. A ticketed reception for graduates, their families and guests will be 4:30-6 p.m. in the Michigan League Ballroom.

Saturday, June 5

College of Pharmacy, 1 p.m., Rackham Auditorium, 764-7144. Speaker: Daniel Ashby, director of pharmacy, Johns Hopkins University Hospital, and clinical professor, University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. A reception will follow in the Rackham Building lobby.

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