Parents and Families

E. Royster Harper

After the emotional highs of exams, moving out, commencement ceremonies, and saying farewell to students heading out for the summer or off to a new life adventure, you might think that the University collectively exhales and relaxes for the next few months.  Not really. 

Our offices remain open to students and parents who need information or assistance. We continue to serve thousands of students who remain in Ann Arbor for courses and research, as well as thousands of visitors who come to campus for summer conferences and camps. The summer also is the time to review the work we have done and plan for our student programs and services for the next academic year.

If you need us, we are here.  I invite your questions and comments about Student Life services through this newsletter, by email to, or by phone to (734) 764-5132.

Recognize, honor, celebrate.  Those words describe The Michigan Difference Student Leadership Awards, the Division of Student Life’ annual tribute to “leaders and best” who inspire us by their remarkable efforts in service to others and in their dedication to a just society.

This year’s award recipients, who were recognized at the award ceremony on March 28, truly exemplify the Michigan Difference.  If you want to share in the inspiration, take a look at the awards and honorees at the Leadership Awards website.

It has been a pleasure to get to know many of our students this year.  We look forward to welcoming many of them back; and to those who are graduating, congratulations on the success of their hard work, their passion and service at U-M.  We wish them every happiness as they continue to enrich their lives and the world around them.

And congratulations to you, parents and families, for all your caring support of your students.  You, too, are part of the Michigan Difference.

Best wishes for a healthy, happy summer.

E. Royster Harper

Vice President for Student Life


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Spring 2012 Newsletter

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