Celebrating the Class of 2023
The Ford School is so proud of the Classes of 2023—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 2023 through our in-person Commencement, as well as virtual tributes, including opportunities for families and friends to come together, meet our faculty and staff, and congratulate their graduates.
2023 Ford School Commencement
The platform party for our April 30 commencement includes Annie Maxwell, (AB ’00, MPP ’02), executive vice president of Omidyar Network;
Joe Timmer (BA '23)
Aissa Laouan Wandarama (MPP '23)
Platform party, continued
Celeste Watkins-Hayes, interim dean, Jean E. Fairfax Collegiate Professor of Public Policy, University Diversity and Social Transformation Professor, professor of sociology, and founding director of the Center for Racial Justice; John D. Ciorciari, associate dean for research and policy engagement; professor of public policy, and director of the International Policy Center and Weiser Diplomacy Center; H. Luke Shaefer, associate dean for academic affairs, Hermann and Amalie Kohn Professor of Social Justice and Social Policy, and director of Poverty Solutions; Kathryn Dominguez, professor of public policy and economics, and PhD program director; Jon Hanson, Lecturer in Statistics for Public Policy, and MPP/MPA program director; Paula Lantz, BA program director, James B. Hudak Professor of Health Policy, and professor of public policy and health management & policy; Morela Hernandez, elected faculty speaker, Ligia Ramirez de Reynolds Collegiate Professor of Public Policy, and faculty director of the Leadership Initiative; Joe Timmer (BA ‘23), elected undergraduate speaker; Aissa Laouan Wandarama (MPP ‘23), elected graduate speaker; Lily Abigail Israel (BA ‘23), undergraduate student flag-bearer; Ariel S. Freed (MPP ‘23), graduate student flag-bearer
Join us at the Ford School graduation reception following the ceremony
Graduates, family, and friends are warmly invited to gather on the plaza just outside of Hill Auditorium for light refreshments immediately following the Ford School Commencement ceremony.
Watch memories from the 2022-2023 academic year
All U-M Commencement activities
Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives
Campus multicultural celebrations
Rackham Graduate School
Rackham Graduate Exercises
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 2,500 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 650,000+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 650,000+ 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!