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Spring Commencement activities
Spring Commencement

Spring Commencement will be at 10 a.m. April 29 in Michigan Stadium. The University will award all undergraduate degrees and confer five honorary degrees at the event. The graduate procession will begin at 9:30 a.m.

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 will be available at


Michigan Stadium gates will open at 8:30 a.m. For seating in sections 33-44, enter through Wolverine Plaza or Alumni Plaza. For seating in sections 1-6, enter through Varsity Plaza. Champions Plaza on the corner of Stadium Boulevard and Main Street will be closed due to construction.

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.


Christiane Amanpour, internationally renowned journalist and free press advocate, named by Time Magazine as the most influential foreign correspondent since Edward R. Murrow, will give the main address.

AATA shuttle

The Ann Arbor Transportation Authority (AATA) will provide service on six shuttle routes from 17 hotel and parking sites to Michigan Stadium. Service will begin at 8 a.m., running approximately every 20 minutes prior to the 9:30 a.m. Commencement start. Shuttles will operate for 60 minutes after Commencement ends. The shuttle will cost $2 each way, and AATA will have signs posted outside Gates 2 and 3 for boarding after the ceremony. For more information call (734) 973-6500 or visit

University 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 28 in Hill Auditorium.


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


Amartya Sen, a Nobel Prize-winning economist, will be the main speaker at the 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 28

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

University Graduate Exercises, 1 p.m., Hill Auditorium, 647-7580. Speaker: Amartya Sen, Nobel Prize-winning economist.

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.

Communications Studies, noon, Michigan Theater, 647-0422. Speaker: Kara Sundlum House, broadcast news reporter and anchor for WFSB-TV, the CBS affiliate in Hartford, Conn.

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

School of Information, 4 p.m., Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 763-2286. Speaker: John King, dean of the School of Information.

Stephen M. Ross School of Business, 5 p.m., Crisler Arena, 647-0342. Speaker: John Fahey, president and chief executive officer of the National Geographic Society.

School of Public Health, 5:30 p.m., Michigan Theater, 764-5425. Speaker: Dr. Sanjay Gupta, senior medical correspondent, CNN.

School of Music, 6:30 p.m., Power Center for the Performing Arts, 764-0594. Speaker: Linda Hoeschler, former executive director of the American Composers Forum.

La Celebracion Latina, 8 p.m., Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 936-1513.

Division of Kinesiology, 8 p.m., Hill Auditorium, 647-2689. Speaker: Atanis Ilitch, president of Olympia Development.

Saturday, April 29

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

School of Nursing, 12:15 p.m., Hill Auditorium, 763-9435. Speaker: Ada Sue Hinshaw, dean of the School of Nursing.

School of Art & Design, 1 p.m., Art and Architecture Building, 2nd floor courtyard, 763-1265. Speaker: Andrei Codrescu, NPR commentator.

School of Natural Resources and Environment, 1 p.m., Rackham Auditorium, 764-6453. Speaker: Elinor Ostrum, the Arthur F. Bentley Professor of Political Science, Indiana University.

School of Social Work, 1 p.m., Power Center for the Performing Arts, 764-3309. Speaker: Maria Militzer, Spanish medical interpreter and translator, U-M Health System; co-creator/publisher of La Voz Latina—the Voice of Latinos in Washtenaw County; and co-founder of Latinos Unidos, Inc.

Residential College, 2 p.m., Chemistry Building Auditorium, 763-0032.

College of Engineering, 3 p.m., Crisler Arena, 647-7046. Speaker: Anne Stevens, executive vice president, Ford Motor Company, and chief operating officer, The Americas.

Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, 3 p.m., Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 764-3490. Speaker: Douglas Holtz-Eakin, director of the Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomics Studies and the Paul A. Volcker Chair in International Economics at the Council on Foreign Relations.

School of Education, 4 p.m., Hill Auditorium, 763-4061. Speaker: Jacqueline Jordan Irvine, the Charles Howard Candler Professor of Urban Education at Emory University.

Black Celebratory, 7:30 p.m., Hill Auditorium, 936-0664. Speaker: Aaron Dworkin, director of the Sphinx Competition for African-American and Latino Students in Detroit.

Sunday, April 30

U-M-Dearborn College of Engineering and Computer Science, School of Management, 10:30 a.m., Field House, (313) 583-6500. Speaker: Roman Krygier, group vice president of global manufacturing, Ford Motor Company.

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

U-M-Dearborn College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters, and School of Education, 2:30 p.m., Field House, (313) 583-6500. Speaker: Anthony Viscogliosi, co-founder and principal of Viscogliosi Bros., LLC.

Saturday, May 6

School of Dentistry, 10 a.m., Hill Auditorium, 647-4026. Speaker: Dr. Arthur Dugoni, dean of the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, University of the Pacific (San Francisco).

Law School Senior Day, 2 p.m., Hill Auditorium, 615-4535. Speaker: Shirin Ebadi, 2003 winner of the Nobel Prize for Peace.

Sunday, May 7

U-M-Flint Commencement, 2:30 p.m., Perani's Arena, (810) 766-6782. Speaker: William White, longtime president of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.

Friday, June 2

Medical School, 3 p.m., Hill Auditorium, 763-7981. Speaker: Dr. Haile Debas, dean emeritus of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine, vice chancellor emeritus for UCSF Medical Affairs, and the Maurice Galante Distinguished Professor of Surgery.

Saturday, June 3

School of Pharmacy, 2 p.m., Rackham Auditorium, 764-7144. Speaker: Dr. Ronald Cresswell, former head of research at Pfizer Inc.

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