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Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy 2007 Commencement

Date & time

Apr 28, 2007, 5:30-7:00 pm EDT


The Charge to the Class will be delivered by Dan Glickman, President and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). Glickman served as President Clinton's Secretary of Agriculture for six years and before that, as a member of the House of Representatives for 18 years (D-KS). During his years in the House, he worked on issues of agricultural, aviation, and technology policy and chaired the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Glickman is an alumni of the University of Michigan (BA '66). Read more


Ford School students receiving M.P.P., M.P.A., or Ph.D. degrees are eligible to participate. In addition, students enrolled in joint degree programs who wish to participate in graduation with their entering class may do so.

Graduation Event Logistics




Rackham Graduate Exercises

Hill Auditorium

April 27, 1pm

University Commencement

University of Michigan Stadium

April 28, 10:00am

Ford School Commencement

Rackham Auditorium

April 28, 5:30pm

Commencement Rehearsal

Wednesday, April 18th

10am – 11:30am

Rackham Auditorium

If you plan to participate in the Commencement ceremony please plan to attend rehearsal. The class photo will also be taken during this time. Dress is casual. The Office of Development and Alumni Relations will be providing lunch.


Standard graduation announcements may be purchased at Ulrich's or the Michigan Union Bookstore. Personalized announcements take up to two weeks to print.


Diplomas for Winter Term 2007 Masters graduates will be mailed by the end of July to the address you specified on your diploma application. Diplomas for Spring/Summer graduates will be mailed in early November.

Ph.D. graduates attending the Rackham Graduate Exercises will receive their diplomas at the program. Those who do not attend the Rackham Graduate Exercises may pick up their diplomas at the Diploma Department, Office of the Registrar, 1210 LS&A Building, 500 S. State Street during regular business hours the week prior to and the week after commencement. You must call 734 763 9066 in advance. Diplomas not picked up during that time will be mailed to the address you specified on the diploma card.
Day of Commencement

Please be at the Rackham Auditorium by 5pm. If you are driving to campus please plan to be looking for a parking spot by 4:45pm. The Fletcher Street, Thayer Street and Church Street Parking Structures are the three closest structures.

Family and friends will be able to enter the Auditorium at 5pm.

Academic Attire

Graduates participating in any University of Michigan commencement ceremony must wear academic attire. Students are responsible for purchasing a robe, hat, tassel and academic hood. The color of the hood for public policy is teal. These items are available at the Michigan Union Bookstore or Michigan Book and Supply.


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 .


Parking is at a premium around campus and especially during commencement weekend. Please allow ample time to find parking.

Parking, without permits, is available in all university parking structures on commencement weekend. The UM parking structures on Thayer Street, Fletcher Street, Church Street and the Palmer Commons structure are closest to the Rackham Auditorium and provide handicapped parking. For more information on university parking please visit

Paid parking is available in a number of public lots around town as well. The public parking structures closest to the Rackham Auditorium are the Maynard Street and the Liberty Square structures. For a map of Ann Arbor public parking structures please visit


For more information or questions regarding Commencement please call the Office of Communications and Outreach at (734) 615-3893.

Important Contact Information

University Commencement Hotline

(734) 647-6037

Campus Information Center

(734) 763-4636

Diploma and Transcript Office

(734) 763-9066