Annual alumni events
Worldwide Ford School Spirit Day
Worldwide Ford School Spirit Day brings alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends together to celebrate their Ford School spirit the Thursday before President Ford's birthday (July 14). Browse the photos from Worldwide Ford School Spirit Day activities from all over the world in 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, and 2012, and watch recordings of the 2020 alumni conversation, "Black Lives Matter Movement: From Understanding to Action" and the 2021 panel discussion, "Leading through crisis."
2023 Ford School Spirit Day
2023 Worldwide Ford School Spirit Day - Connection! Community! Celebration!
Let’s connect as a community - one dedicated to the public good - to celebrate our #FordSpirit at the 13th annual Worldwide Ford School Spirit Day.
Wherever you are in the world, you are invited to join in the fun on July 13. Here are some ways you can participate:
- Attend an in-person gathering in Ann Arbor, Chicago, Detroit, Petoskey, Toronto, or Washington, DC. (Details below.)
- Share your spirit with other Fordies from around the world on zoom. (Details below.)
- Wear your best Ford School and/or maize and blue gear. Make sure to wear it at an in-person gathering or over Zoom too!
- Mark the occasion by posting photos of your celebration on social media using #fordspirit and tagging @FordSchool.
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 to network with current students and each other.
The 2020, Professor John Ciorciari, director of WDC and IPC, delivered "The Path Forward in Afghanistan."
Due to the pandemic in 2021, the Ford School did not host this annual event in Washington, DC. Rather, Graduate Career Services planned a three day virtual career expo for graduate students January 12-14 and as part of it, a trivia and networking night for alumni and students to test their Ford School knowledge, while networking and socializing with each other. Alumni shared their professional insights and tips with students and also had the opportunity to connect with one another. Read more about this year's January Graduate Student Expo here.
To be involved in the DC trip as a panelist or table host, contact Elisabeth Johnston at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ford School reunion
Every five years, the Ford School hosts an all-school reunion for alumni to gather at Weill Hall to reconnect with each other and re-engage with the life of the school. Save the date for our next Ford School Reunion in fall 2024! View photos from the most recent reunion, which took place October 4-5, 2019 and included a masterclass with former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
The Centennial Reunion
The Ford School celebrated 100 years of policy impact, 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. Learn more about the centennial celebrations.