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Outdoor graduation firsts for three U-M schools

Apr 28, 2022
Three University of Michigan units have partnered to hold their respective ceremonies at Elbel Field this year. Together, and in partnership with U-M Rec Sports, the Ford School of Public Policy, School of Public Health, and School for...
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Ford School commencement ceremony to be held at Elbel Field

Mar 3, 2022
The Ford School will be celebrating the graduating Classes of 2022 on Saturday, April 30 at 4:30 p.m. at an outdoor commencement ceremony at the iconic Elbel Field. Just down the road from Weill Hall at the corner of S. Division and Hill, Elbel...
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Congratulations to our winter 2021 graduates

Dec 20, 2021
On December 19, 22 Ford School winter 2021 graduates and their families came together to celebrate a significant milestone. Four MPAs, five MPPs, twelve BAs, and one BA minor were conferred in U-M’s first in-person commencement ceremony since 2019....
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Saluting Winter 2020 graduates in a time of turmoil

Dec 18, 2020
The Ford School community came together to celebrate a significant milestone this week for 19 graduates as they earn their degrees in public policy. In a challenging year, and against the backdrop of a semester filled with online courses, Zoom...
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Celebrating the 2020 graduating classes

Apr 29, 2020
The Ford School is proud to celebrate our classes of 2020 graduates—BAs, MPPs, MPAs, and PhDs—as they move forward to work on collaborative, creative solutions to complex challenges in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors. Due to the...

2020 commencement speaker announced

Feb 19, 2020
This year the Ford School is honored to welcome Janet Murguía, President and CEO of UnidosUS, as the keynote speaker at the 2020 commencement for our graduating BA, MPP, MPA, and PhD students.Founded in 1968, UnidosUS—formerly the National Council...

Greetings from the Dean - Feed June 2018

Jun 1, 2018
Dear friends:Greetings from beautiful springtime Ann Arbor! We’re feeling tremendous pride and excitement in our newest alumni (view videos from a beautiful Commencement Ceremony here), our growing faculty, and in our school’s momentum and bright...

Bon voyage, and best wishes to the graduating class of 2014

May 5, 2014
"You are not just graduates of a great university," Senator Carl Levin told the Ford School's centennial graduating class. "You are graduates of a school of public policy, which implies that you—your ideas and passions, your hard work and drive...

Michael Pan (MPP '99) to give Ford School commencement address

Mar 19, 2010
Michael Pan, Senior Policy Advisor to Susan E. Rice, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, will deliver the Charge to the Class at the 2010 Ford School commencement ceremonies.Pan is a 1999 MPP alumnus of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public...

Ford School 2020 Comeback Commencement reception

May 6, 2022, 3:30-5:00 pm EDT
Weill Hall, Great Hall
The Ford School invites graduates from the class of 2020, who are planning to attend the University’s 2020 Comeback Commencement, to an afternoon reception at Weill Hall.

Celebrate with SCPP and the Center for Racial Justice

Apr 27, 2022, 6:00 pm EDT
Weill Hall (Great Hall)
Fordies: Join Students of Color in Public Policy and the Center for Racial Justice for an end-of-year celebration honoring and celebrating our graduates of all degree levels.

Safe swag pick-up and photo op for graduating Fordies

Apr 30, 2021, 9:00 am-2:30 pm EDT
Weill Hall back parking lot (off Oakland Ave)
Graduating Fordies: Come by for your commencement party in a bag, including yard signs, pompoms, balloons, and more! Appointments required. See details for registration information and health and safety expectations. 

2021 Open House

Apr 30, 2021, 3:00-5:00 pm EDT
Join us for a virtual Open House—part of our 2021 commencement celebrations! This informal gathering is an opportunity for graduates to introduce their families and friends to Ford School faculty, staff, and fellow students. 

Talent show (2021)

Apr 8, 2021, 7:00-8:00 pm EDT
Everyone has a talent, often hidden. Let them be hidden no more! Join the Ford School community for an all-school talent show. 

2019 Graduation Open House

May 3, 2019, 3:00-5:00 pm EDT
Weill Hall
Enjoy delicious food and live music as you tour the classrooms, spaces and suites of Weill Hall.