CANCELED: 2020 Ford School Commencement
The University of Michigan is canceling all Spring 2020 commencement activities across our three campuses. This includes both the large campuswide ceremonies and individual school, college and group recognition ceremonies. We know that this is very disappointing to many, and we are looking at ways to celebrate 2020 graduates in the future.
The Ford School is proud to celebrate the achievements of the graduating classes of 2020!
We are honored to welcome Janet Murguía, President and CEO of UnidosUS, as the keynote speaker at the 2020 commencement for our graduating BA, MPP, MPA, and PhD students.
Founded in 1968, UnidosUS—formerly the National Council of La Raza—is the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States. Since 2005, Murguía has served as President and CEO of UnidosUS, working to amplify the voice of the Latino community on issues such as education, healthcare, workforce development, immigration, civil rights, and the economy. In her role as UnidosUS’ leader, she has appeared on ABC World News Tonight, CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, NBC’s Today, CNN’s Larry King Live, PBS’s NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360°, and CNN’s Lou Dobbs Tonight.
Murguía has been recognized on numerous occasions for her work and leadership, including being selected as Poder magazine’s “The Poderosos 100” (2007), one of Washingtonian magazine’s “100 Most Powerful Women in Washington” (2006), the Hispanic Business Magazine’s “100 Top Latinas” (2004), and as one of the NonProfit Times’ “Power and Influence Top 50” leaders (2006). In 2005, she received the University of Kansas (KU) Law Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award. Murguía is currently a Board member of Achieve, an independent and nonpartisan nonprofit education reform organization, and the Hispanic Association for Corporate Responsibility. She also serves as a member of Diversity Advisory Councils for Bank of America, Charter Communications, Comcast/NBC Universal, and Wells Fargo.
Prior to leading UnidosUS, Murguía made her mark in public service at the White House, serving as deputy assistant to President Clinton and deputy director of legislative affairs, providing strategic and legislative advice to the president on key issues. She then served as deputy campaign manager and director of constituency outreach for the Gore/Lieberman presidential campaign. In 2001, Murguía joined the University of Kansas as executive vice chancellor for university relations, overseeing internal and external relations with the public, including governmental and public affairs.
Tickets will be required.
This event will be livestreamed.
Ford School Commencement Rehearsal (required for all graduates)
Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Rackham Graduate Exercises
Friday, May 1, 2020
Ford School Graduation Open House (family and friends welcome!)
Friday, May 1, 2020
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
University of Michigan Commencement
Saturday, May 2, 2020
Ford School Commencement
Saturday, May 2, 2020
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Information for graduating students:
Free tickets will be required to attend the commencement ceremony.
We will also have a comfortable overflow space that will have a live stream set up to view the ceremony. This space on the fourth floor of the Rackham Graduate Building in the Assembly Hall will be ideal for those that are traveling to celebrate with a graduate but may not have a ticket or those guests with small children that they may want to walk around with. Refreshments will be served.
Commencement RVSP will be sent out to all graduating students. Grads, check your email for instructions from Corey Stork (email@example.com) dated February 10. Please complete this RSVP if you are graduating in Winter 2020, even if you don't plan on attending commencement.
Deadline to RSVP for commencement and guarantee up to three (3) tickets for friends and family of the graduating student. Students will be able to use the RSVP form to request more than the three guaranteed tickets. After the deadline, staff will use a random number generator to order students and assign any extra tickets one at a time. Graduating students do not need tickets for their own seat, but DO need to RSVP.
By March 6
We will notify graduating students of the number of tickets assigned to them by the end of the day on March 6th. You will not physically have the tickets in hand on this day, but will know how many you will get.
Tickets will be available for pickup starting at commencement rehearsal (required for all graduating students). After rehearsal, tickets may be picked up in the Student & Academic Services office during normal business hours. This is also the first day you can pick up commencement regalia (robes, caps and master's hoods) from the SAS office. Regalia is available on a first come, first served basis. All students will need to purchase their own tassel.
The last day to pick up tickets will be Friday, May 1st. Any unclaimed tickets after that date will be available on a first come, first served basis at Will Call at Rackham Auditorium on May 2nd. Any guest without a ticket will be unable to enter Rackham Auditorium. However, we will have an overflow room in the same building where guests can watch the commencement ceremony streamed live on a large screen with refreshments available.
In accordance with Rackham rules, students who graduate during the academic year (i.e., the previous December, in April/May, or the following August) will be eligible to participate in the Ford School's Commencement ceremony and walk across the stage. This includes Ford School students receiving BA, MPP, MPA, or PhD degrees. Barring a request for an exception, these are the only students who will be eligible to participate in the ceremony. Please contact Corey Stork, firstname.lastname@example.org, if you would like to request an exception.
Academic attire is required for the Commencement ceremony. Masters and PhD students are responsible for purchasing a robe, hat, tassel, and academic hood. The color of the hood for public policy is teal. Undergraduate students are responsible for purchasing a robe, hat, and tassel. These items are available at the following stores: Barnes and Noble @ University of Michigan, Barnes and Noble @ North Campus, Ulrich's Bookstore, and Michiganensian Yearbook beginning mid-March.
The Ford School has some academic attire for loan on a first-come, first-served basis, which will be available starting April 22. You will be required to sign each item out with the understanding that you'll return the borrowed items after Commencement. The gowns, hats, and hoods will be available for pick-up from the Office of Student & Academic Services starting Wednesday, April 22 during business hours (8am-5pm).
Information for Ford School Commencement guests:
The doors will open at 4:00 PM for the Ford School Commencement Ceremony. Please contact email@example.com with any accessibility requests.
Accommodations in and around Ann Arbor for commencement weekend require reservations well in advance. For a list of hotels, motels, and bed and breakfasts in the Ann Arbor vicinity, please visit: https://www.visitannarbor.org/stay
Gender-inclusive restrooms are available on Floor 3 of Rackham Building, located in the East wing of the building.
Parking is at a premium around campus and especially during commencement weekend. Please allow ample time to find parking. There are a number of campus parking lots at a walkable distance from the stadium. To avoid parking violations, please observe all posted notices and regulations.
Paid parking is also available in a number of public lots around town as well. The public parking structures closest to Rackham Auditorium are the Maynard Street, and the Liberty Square structures. For a map of Ann Arbor public parking structures please visit http://www.a2dda.org/transportation/
Additional parking is also available at Pioneer High School for a $10 fee, as assessed by the Ann Arbor Public Schools.
All U-M parking lots and structures will be open to the public beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, May 1 through Sunday, May 3, 2020.
For information about accessible parking, please check for U-M lots: https://ltp.umich.edu/parking/vis-accessible.php and public parking: http://www.a2dda.org/wp-content/uploads/transportation/disabilityparking...
For more information, please see our commencement FAQ.
Important U-M contact information:
University Commencement Hotline: 734-647-6037
Campus Information Center: 734-764-4636