Ford School gatherings
Each year, the Ford School and its alumni host events around the country (and even world) to gather, network, and socialize. Whether hearing about a Ford School faculty member's latest research, connecting with a current student to share career advice, or grabbing dinner and drinks with fellow alums, Ford School gatherings are a great way to stay connected.
Annual alumni events
Friday-Saturday, October 21-22
The Ford School welcomes you back to Ann Arbor this fall. Meet up with fellow alumni at Weill Hall and cheer on the Wolverines at the Big House.
Ford School Open House
Friday, October 21
Alumni Relations/Graduate Career Services Suite, #2200
Come back to the Ford School during Homecoming weekend!
- student-led building tours
- learn about today's students
- Victors for Michigan campaign information available
Metered parking is available near the Ford School on Hill and Oakland Streets. Additional visitor parking options can be found here.
Michigan v. Illinois
Saturday, October 22
Cheer on the Wolverines as they take on the Fighting Illini at the Big House. Prior to the football game, get in the spirit at the Go Blue Tailgate at Oosterbaan Fieldhouse. The tailgate begins at 12:00 p.m.
Football tickets cost $75/ticket plus a $10 service charge per order. The ticket limit/person is 4. The deadline to purchase tickets is September 23 and tickets will be mailed three weeks prior to the game.
Go Blue Tailgate tickets cost $40 for adults, $20 for UM students and children, ages 5-12, and children under 5 are free. They will be mailed with your football tickets three weeks prior to the game.
If you have questions or need assistance, please call 734-764-0247 or toll free 866-296-6849 and a UM Ticket Office customer service representative can assist you.
For information about University-wide Homecoming and Milestone Reunion events, visit reunions.umich.edu.
Worldwide Ford School Spirit Day
Since its inception in 2011, Worldwide Ford School Spirit Day has brought alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends together to celebrate their Ford School spirit the Thursday before President Ford's birthday (July 14).
Ford School community members organize these events, then come together to catch up with each other, find out what's happening at the school, and toast President Ford on his birthday. Events have been held as far as Japan and as close as Ann Arbor (Dominick's and Pizza House to be exact). Browse the photos from Worldwide Ford School Spirit Day activities in 2015, 2014, 2013, and 2012.
Policy Event and Networking Reception in DC
Each winter, the Ford School travels with its MPP and MPA students to Washington, DC, so students can attend a series of alumni and employer panels to learn more about policy-relevant careers in our nation's capital. As part of the trip, a student-alumni networking reception is held in the evening for alumni in the DC area to hear from a Ford School faculty member or other invited guest and network with current students and each other.
The 2016 DC trip featured Barry Rabe, J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Professor of Public Policy. He gave a fascinating set of remarks, "The American Climate Odyssey: Lessons from the Past Decade."
Featured speakers at past receptions have included Rebecca Blank, former acting deputy secretary of the Department of Commerce; Gary Burtless, senior fellow at The Brookings Institution; Susan M. Dynarski, associate professor of public policy and education at the Ford School; Ted Truman, senior fellow at the Peterson Institute; Marina v.N. Whitman, professor of public policy and business at the Ford School; Justin Wolfers, associate professor of public policy and a New York Times-affiliated economist; and Robert Axelrod, 2014 National Medal of Science Recipient.
To be involved in the DC trip as a panelist or table host, contact Elisabeth Johnston at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Baseball games, lectures, and receptions are just a few of the other events the Ford School as held in cities such as Chicago, New York, and Washington, DC. Be sure we have your current contact information so we can send you invitations to regional events like our Nationals Baseball outing, our Greater Chicagoland alumni and student reception, and our evening with Henry Kissinger and Paul O'Neill in New York City.
Keep current on Ford School events by checking the events calendar and make plans to attend a Policy Talks @ the Ford School event, lecture, or symposium; all alumni are welcome. Most of our public events are live-streamed and make use of Twitter to broaden the in-room conversation well beyond Ann Arbor.
The Centennial Reunion
The Ford School celebrated its Centennial Reunion, one hundred years in the making, October 31-November 1, 2014 with a commemorative Policy Talks lecture with Steven Levitt, Open House, Deans' Panel, and tailgate and football game at the Big House. Alumni, faculty, staff, and Ford School friends enjoyed two memorable days, which served as the culmination of the Ford School's centennial year celebration. Click here for a recap of the weekend's festivities.