Parents and Families

Michigan Union Spring

To the Class of 2013 – and their families – congratulations!  The University of Michigan Spring graduation ceremony will be held Saturday, May 4, at 10:00 a.m. in Michigan Stadium.  Twitter CEO and Michigan Alumnus, Richard (Dick) Costolo will deliver the spring commencement address. 

After earning a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science in 1985 from LSA, Costolo played a significant role in shaping the culture at Twitter, which is revolutionizing social media, marketing and global communications. Costolo, who was born in Royal Oak, learned to create computer games in his teens. The computer science major began theater classes his sophomore year at U-M to fulfill an arts requirement. By his senior year, he was entertaining fellow students at open mic nights at the Michigan Union.

Commencement Day - What You Need To Know

Several thousand students, parents, and friends will gather in Ann Arbor for spring commencement.  For all the details, visit U-M’s official commencement resource site

  • Commencement will be held in the stadium regardless of weather.
  • No purses, bags, wristlets, or cases of any size are allowed in the stadium.
  • Graduating students must wear a cap and gown.
  • Family members and guests should plan to arrive before 9:00 a.m. with tickets in hand.  (Gates open at 8:00 a.m.)
  • For those who can’t attend the ceremony, spring commencement will be streamed live through the U-M website, and on the digital screens located in the Michigan Union, Michigan League, Pierpont Commons and Palmer Commons.
  • The official university hash tag is #MGoGrad for sharing stories or images about commencement on Twitter and Instagram.

Several college and program-specific events will be held throughout the weekend. For a full list of U-M graduation events, visit

Navigating Ann Arbor

Graduation weekend in Ann Arbor is a busy, exciting time. Hotels and restaurants quickly become filled with graduates and their proud parents and families. Plan ahead:

  • Make reservations early.

Celebrate after Commencement

University Unions is offering options to help “cap off” your special day!

  • Commencement Brunch at the Michigan Union featuring an abundant offering of elegant entrees, salads, breakfast items, desserts and more. The buffet brunch will take place on Saturday, May 4, immediately following the ceremony.
  • Michigan Memories Reception, a walk through the pictorial display in the Michigan Union art lounge, featuring noteworthy headlines from the Michigan Daily during the graduates’ years at U-M. Light refreshments will be provided.
  • Host Your Own Celebration on Campus with a reception, lunch, or dinner at one of the three distinctive unions at the University of Michigan. In addition, University Unions is offering complimentary banquet rooms May 3-5, with a minimum purchase of ten full service meals. 

Photo Opportunities

Looking for that perfect backdrop for your family or friend commencement photo? Several popular spots include in front of the Michigan Union, by the Thomas Cooley fountain next to the Michigan League, at the Law Quad, in the diag, in front of Angell Hall and near Lurie tower or the reflecting pool on North Campus.


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Spring 2013 Newsletter

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