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Campuses, units celebrate Spring Commencement 2008

Bob Woodruff, former ABC News anchor, a Michigan native and 1987 Law School alumnus, will address undergraduates during Spring Commencement at 10 a.m. April 26.

The annual ceremonies for the first time have been moved to the Diag on Central Campus, to accommodate construction at Michigan Stadium, the traditional commencement setting.

Also scheduled to address students, friends and families in graduation ceremonies is Frances Allen, an eminent computer scientist and IBM Fellow Emerita, and the featured speaker at University Graduate Exercises at 1 p.m. April 25 at Hill Auditorium.

Spring Commencement

Commencement will be at 10 a.m. April 26 in the Diag on Central Campus. The University will award undergraduate degrees and confer honorary degrees at the event. The graduate procession will begin at 9 a.m. A live broadcast of the Spring Commencement program will be carried on the Michigan Channel (Comcast cable TV channel 22) in the greater Ann Arbor area beginning at 10 a.m. A Web link to live streaming video of Spring Commencement will be available at


Woodruff, who earned his undergraduate degree from Colgate, joined ABC News in 1996 and has covered major stories throughout the country and around the world for the network. He will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree at the commencement ceremonies.

Woodruff was named co-anchor of ABC's "World News Tonight" in December 2005. On Jan. 29, 2006, while reporting on U.S. and Iraqi security forces, a roadside bomb seriously injured Woodruff when it struck his vehicle near Taji, Iraq. In February 2007, just 13 months after being wounded, he returned to ABC News with his first on-air report, "To Iraq and Back: Bob Woodruff Reports."


Spring Commencement seating opens at 7 a.m. Graduates and candidates should begin to gather at McDivitt-White Plaza at 8 a.m. The graduate procession from the assembly area begins at 9 a.m. Seating for families and guests is general admission. Guests can begin taking their seats at 7 a.m. All guests are asked to be seated by 9 a.m. if they wish to view the graduate procession.


Spring Commencement guests and graduates strongly are encouraged to use the complimentary shuttle service in order to avoid expected traffic and parking congestion. Shuttle buses will service local hotels and University lots; they are wheelchair accessible. Shuttles run approximately every 20 minutes from 6:45 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. For more shuttle information, go to Complimentary parking will be available at the following structures: Ann Street Structure, Church Street Structure, Fletcher Structure, Glen Structure, Hill Structure, Palmer Structure and Thompson Structure. The Thayer Structure will not open until 11 a.m. to provide parking for guests attending programs later that day.

Inclement Weather Plan

The undergraduate commencement ceremony will take place outdoors regardless of rain or other non-severe weather conditions. In the event of rain or inclement weather, the ceremony's Order of Exercises may be shortened, while still maintaining essential elements such as the conferring of undergraduate degrees. If a schedule adjustment is required due to severe weather, instructions will be given to commencement guests via public address announcements and video screen messages. For the safety and comfort of all Spring Commencement guests, umbrellas are not permitted.

Graduate Exercises

University Graduate Exercises are at 1 p.m. April 25 in Hill Auditorium. This is the commencement ceremony for all master's and doctoral graduates and candidates who receive their degrees through the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies. This program individually recognizes doctoral degree recipients. Allen, who earned a master's degree in mathematics at U-M and designed programming language to help crack Cold War-era codes, will address the graduates.

Assembly for graduates and candidates

Graduates and candidates participating in University Graduate Exercises gather in Rackham Auditorium on April 25, beginning at 11:45 a.m., arriving no later than 12:15 p.m., to participate in the academic procession to Hill Auditorium. Faculty marshals assist graduates and candidates in assembling for the procession. Doctoral degree recipients gather in a designated area within Rackham Auditorium. They receive their name cards and are arranged in alphabetical order, by degree earned, to ensure the correct order for diploma distribution during the ceremony.

More celebrations and ceremonies

Sunday, April 20

Native American Student Association Graduation Celebration, 4 p.m., Trotter Multicultural Center

Thursday, April 24

School of Public Health, 5:30 p.m., Hill Auditorium, 214-6430

Lavender Graduation, Spectrum Center, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Michigan Union Pendleton Room

Friday, April 25

Communication Studies, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Michigan Theater, 764-0420

LSA Honors Program, 10 a.m., Michigan Union Ballroom, 647-7782

Tri-Service ROTC Commissioning, 10:30 a.m., Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 764-2043

School of Information, 4 p.m., Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 763-2285

School of Music, Theatre & Dance, 4:30 p.m., Power Center, 764-0594

Speaker: Tony-award winner Jack O'Brien, who is considered one of the great directors in the history of the American stage.

Stephen M. Ross School of Business, 5 p.m., Crisler Arena, with speaker John Denniston, a partner with Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers who helped conceptualize and launch that firm's Greentech investment initiative and the Greentech Innovation Network to pursue green technology and public policy innovations, 647-0342

La Celebracíon Latina, 8 p.m., Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 936-0664

Division of Kinesiology, 8 p.m., Hill Auditorium, 764-4472

Saturday, April 26

School of Nursing, 12:30 p.m., Hill Auditorium, 763-9435

School of Art and Design, 1 p.m., Art & Architecture Building Courtyard, 647-9886

School of Social Work, 1 p.m., Power Center, 764-3309

School of Natural Resources and Environment, 1:30 p.m., Rackham Auditorium, 764-6453

Residential College, 2 p.m., Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 763-0032

College of Engineering, 3 p.m., Crisler Arena, 647-7046

School of Education, 4 p.m., Hill Auditorium, 763-4061

Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, 5:30 p.m., Rackham Auditorium, 615-3893

Black Celebratory, 7:30 p.m., Hill Auditorium, 936-0664

Sunday, April 27

U-M-Dearborn Commencement, Field House, 10:30 a.m., College of Engineering and Computer Sciences, School of Management, with speaker Nancy Schlichting, president and CEO of the Henry Ford Health System; and 2:30 p.m., College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters, School of Education, with speaker Ismael Ahmed, director of the Michigan Department of Human Services, (313) 583-6500

A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning, 1 p.m., Hill Auditorium, 764-1340

U-M-Flint Commencement, 2:30 p.m., U-M-Flint campus, 810-762-3177. The speaker will be James "Jim" Abbott, former U-M pitcher who went on to play for several pro baseball teams.

Friday, May 2

School of Dentistry, 3 p.m., Hill Auditorium, 647-4026. The speaker will be Dr. Muriel Bebeau, professor, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, who conducts research on the processes involved in ethical decision making.

Saturday, May 3

Law School, 2 p.m., Hill Auditorium, 615-4501

Friday, May 9

Medical School, 3 p.m., Hill Auditorium, 763-7981

Saturday, May 31

School of Pharmacy, 2 p.m., Rackham Auditorium, 764-7144

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