Celebrating the Class of 2022
The Ford School is so proud of the Classes of 2022—a resilient, talented group who earned their University of Michigan degrees in a time of historic challenges. This year’s graduates supported each other along the way, and they did more than just persevere: they continued to lead and create positive change in their communities and their school.
We're excited to celebrate the Classes of 2022 through our in-person Commencement and reception, as well as virtual tributes, including opportunities for families and friends to come together, meet our faculty and staff, and congratulate their graduates.
(Re)watch CommencementWatch the full ceremony
2022 Commencement - Gerald Sill: Remarks on behalf of BA class Apr 30, 2022
2022 Commencement - Crystal Olalde-Garcia: Remarks on behalf of MPP/MPA class Apr 30, 2022
2022 Commencement - Julian Brave NoiseCat: Charge of the class Apr 30, 2022
2022 Commencement - Betsey Stevenson: Remarks on behalf of the faculty Apr 30, 2022
2022 Commencement - Michael Barr: Opening remarks Apr 30, 2022
2022 Commencement - Susan Collins: Remarks Apr 30, 2022
The platform party for our April 30 commencement includes award-winning author and filmmaker Julian Brave NoiseCat, elected student speakers Gerald Sill and Crystal Olalde-Garcia, and Ford School and U-M leaders.
Julian Brave NoiseCat
Gerald Sill (BA '22)
Crystal Olalde-Garcia (MPP '22)
Platform party, continued
Michael S. Barr, Joan and Sanford Weill Dean, Frank Murphy Collegiate Professor of Public Policy, and Roy F. and Jean Humphrey Proffitt Professor of Law; Paul W. Brown, regent of the University of Michigan; Susan M. Collins, provost and executive vice president of the University of Michigan; H. Luke Shaefer, associate dean for research and policy engagement, Hermann and Amalie Kohn Professor of Social Justice and Social Policy, professor of social work, and director of Poverty Solutions; Celeste Watkins-Hayes, associate dean for academic affairs, Jean E. Fairfax Collegiate Professor of Public Policy, professor of sociology, and founding director of the Center for Racial Justice; Kathryn Dominguez, professor of public policy and economics and director of the Joint PhD Program; Kevin Stange, associate professor of public policy and member of the MPP/MPA Program Committee; Charlotte Cavaillé, assistant professor and member of the BA Program Committee; Betsey Stevenson, professor of public policy and economics; John D. Ciorciari, associate professor of public policy and director of International Policy Center and Weiser Diplomacy Center; David Thacher, associate professor of public policy and urban planning; Tuhin Chakraborty (BA '22), undergraduate student flag-bearer; Yasin Shafi (MPP '22), graduate student flag-bearer
Join us at the Ford School graduation reception following the ceremony
Graduates, family, and friends are warmly invited to gather for light refreshments at Weill Hall from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. following the Ford School Commencement.
All U-M Commencement activities
Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives
Campus multicultural celebrations
Rackham Graduate School
Rackham Graduate Exercises
Timelapse of Elbel Field: Commencement 2022
There are many different ways to stay engaged
- Keep your contact information up-to-date. Fill out your graduation check-in survey. Having your most recent contact information means you won’t miss out on Ford School news, events, and updates. Each time you move and/or change jobs, you can update your contact information by filling out a form linked on that page.
- Join the LinkedIn group. Connect with over 2,300 Ford School alumni and continue to grow your Ford School network!
- Plug into our resources for continued learning and growth. As an alum, you may still access some of the Ford School’s professional and educational resources, such as FordCareers. You may register as an alum in FordCareers and/or learn more about the career resources available through the U-M Alumni Association.
- Maintain your connection through the U-M Alumni Association with your family of 600,000+Wolverines. Check out the career resources, access to alumni clubs and alumni communities, or whatever interests you by visiting alumni.umich.edu.
- Become an Alumni Admissions Ambassador and help recruit the next class of the leaders and best. Alumni Admissions Ambassadors attend recruitment fairs, make phone calls to admitted students, and/or share Ford School recruitment materials with friends, colleagues, and family members who are prospective students.
- Send in job and internship opportunities with your organizations—as you get settled in your jobs—to firstname.lastname@example.org. Make your fellow Fordies your colleagues!
- Follow the Ford School on social media.
And don't forget, as a new grad, the U-M Alumni Association also welcomes you to a family of 600,000+ fellow Wolverines. Check out their website for information on accessing alumni community career resources and networking opportunities.
... there is no way we can go forward except together and no way anybody can win except by serving the people's urgent needs. We cannot stand still or slip backwards. We must go forward now together.Gerald R. Ford (AB '35, HLLD '74), 38th President of the United States
Forever, and always, Go Blue!