Type: Public event
Host: Ford School

2016 Ford School Commencement

Date & time

Apr 30, 2016, 4:30-6:15 pm EDT


The Ford School is proud to celebrate the achievements of the graduating classes of 2016. The Charge to the Class will be delivered by Hardy Vieux (MPP/JD '97). You can read more about Hardy here: http://www.humanrightsfirst.org/biography/hardy-vieux


Graduation Events

Ford School Commencement Rehearsal (required for all graduates)
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Rackham Auditorium

Rackham Graduate Exercises
Friday, April 29, 2016
10:00 AM
Hill Auditorium

Ford School Graduation Open House
Friday, April 29, 2016
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Weill Hall

University of Michigan Commencement
Saturday, April 30, 2016
10:00 AM
Michigan Stadium

Ford School Commencement
Saturday, April 30, 2016
4:30 PM - 6:15 PM
Rackham Auditorium


Information for graduating students:

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 theFord 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 Susan Guindi, [email protected], if you would like to request an exception.

Academic Attire
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 19. 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 19 during business hours (8am-5pm).


Information for commencement guests:

The doors will open at 4:00 PM for the Ford School Commencement Ceremony. Plenty of seating is available.

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: http://annarbor.org/index.php/place_to_stay


Parking is at a premium around campus and especially during commencement weekend. Please allow ample time to find parking. The U-M parking structures on Thayer Street, Fletcher Street, Church Street, and the Palmer Commons structure are closest to Rackham Auditorium, and provide handicapped parking. Special arrangements will be made during Commencement Weekend:

April 28 (Thu) – The gates to the Thayer, Fletcher and Palmer-Blue Area structures will be opened at 9 a.m. for commencement guests. Parking enforcement in these structures will be suspended from 1 p.m. to the end of posted enforcement hours.  

April 29 – May 1 (Fri-Sun) –The gates to all the structures on Central Campus will open on Friday (see detail below) and remain open throughout the weekend. Parking enforcement in these structures will be suspended until the end of enforcement hours on Sunday.

Palmer-Blue Area, Fletcher,Thayer: gates open Friday 9:00 a.m. through Sunday

Thompson, Hill,Church:  gates open Friday 9:30 a.m. through Sunday

In addition all University parking areas/surface lots on Central, North and South Campuses will have suspended parking enforcement Fri-Sun, and commencement guests are welcome to park in any available unrestricted parking space (blue, orange, yellow).

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/


Important U-M contact information

University Commencement Hotline: 734-647-6037
Campus Information Center: 734-764-4636