Type: School event
Host: Ford School

2017 Ford School Commencement

Date & time

Apr 29, 2017, 4:30-6:30 pm EDT


The Ford School is proud to celebrate the achievements of the graduating classes of 2017! The Charge to the Class will be delivered by Sheldon H. Danziger, president of the Russell Sage Foundation (RSF). You can read more about Sheldon here: http://www.russellsage.org/about/sheldon-h-danziger



Ford School Commencement Rehearsal (required for all graduates)
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Rackham Auditorium

Rackham Graduate Exercises
Friday, April 28, 2017
10:00 AM
Hill Auditorium

Ford School Graduation Open House (family and friends welcome!)
Friday, April 28, 2017
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Weill Hall

University of Michigan Commencement
Saturday, April 29, 2017
10:00 AM
Michigan Stadium

Ford School Commencement
Saturday, April 29, 2017
4:30 PM - 6:30 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 Ford School 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: https://www.visitannarbor.org/stay

Parking is at a premium around campus and especially during commencement weekend. Please allow ample time to find parking. There are a number of campus parking lots at a walkable distance from the stadium. To avoid parking violations, please observe all posted notices and regulations.

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/
Additional parking is also available at Pioneer High School for a $10 fee, as assessed by the Ann Arbor Public Schools.

All U-M parking lots and structures will be open to the public beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, April 28 through Sunday, April 30.


Important U-M contact information:

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