Parents and Families

Graduates walk through the Cooley Fountain

If you plan to visit campus for graduation or to pick up your student, we hope you take time to enjoy some campus features and traditions. 

Explore the Wave Field: The Wave Field is an earthen sculpture on North Campus, designed and created by Maya Lin, the artist known for creating the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC. It's the perfect place to take a breath and take photos!

Experience the Rubik’s Cube: While you are on North Campus, check out the Rubik’s Cube, the world’s largest, hand-solvable, stationary version of the famous puzzle. The 1,500-pound apparatus is located on the second floor of the G.G. Brown building and was designed and built by two teams of undergraduate mechanical engineering students.

Take a walk in the Arboretum: The Nichols Arboretum is a place to take a walk in nature, discover native and exotic trees and shrubs, and explore the glacial topography that includes panoramas, broad valleys, and intimate dales and glens.

Visit some of Ann Arbor’s favorite restaurants: Have you had breakfast at Angelo’s yet? Experienced the 2,147,483,648 combinations at Blimpy Burger? Clapped for the trains as they pass the Gandy Dancer? Discovered your favorite place to dine on Main Street? Ann Arbor has numerous local restaurants to enjoy and explore during your visits. Be sure to ask what your student’s favorite place is too!

Visit the campus museums:  The U-M Museum of Art and the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology offer both permanent and temporary world-class exhibits for you to enjoy.

In addition, you can visit the Museum of Natural History in its new location at the Biological Sciences Building. The museum preserves the past and shows off the latest in scientific research with embedded labs, interactive exhibits, new programming spaces, and a state-of-the-art Planetarium and Dome Theater.

Tour the Clements Library: The handsome Clements Library houses original resources for the study of American history and culture from the fifteenth through the nineteenth century. It's offering “Behind the Scenes” tours of the library during commencement weekend, and you will need to register in advance.

Walk through the Fountain: A favorite campus tradition includes graduates walking through the Cooley Fountain in Ingalls Mall. If your student is graduating, you helped them get to this important day, so you can take a celebratory walk through the fountain too!


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