Type: School event
Host: Ford School

2018 Ford School Commencement

Date & time

Apr 28, 2018, 4:30-6:30 pm EDT


The Ford School is proud to celebrate the achievements of the graduating classes of 2018! The Charge to the Class will be delivered by David C. Bohnett, founder and chairman of the David Bohnett Foundation and Baroda Ventures. You can read more about David Bohnett here.



Ford School Commencement Rehearsal (required for all graduates)
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Rackham Auditorium

Rackham Graduate Exercises
Friday, April 27, 2018
10:00 AM
Hill Auditorium

Ford School Graduation Open House (family and friends welcome!)
Friday, April 27, 2018
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Weill Hall

University of Michigan Commencement
Saturday, April 28, 2018
10:00 AM
Michigan Stadium

Ford School Commencement
Saturday, April 28, 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 the Ford 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 Corey Sampssel, [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 18. 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 18 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

Gender-inclusive rest rooms are available on Floor 3 of Rackham Building, located in the East wing of the building.

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 27 through Sunday, April 29.

For information about accessible parking, please check for UM lots: https://ltp.umich.edu/parking/vis-accessible.php and public parking: http://www.a2dda.org/wp-content/uploads/transportation/disabilityparkin…


Important U-M contact information:

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