Parents and Families

E. Royster Harper

Excitement, anxiety and anticipation.  Your students had those feelings when they first came to Michigan, and will have the same feelings as they leave.  But rest assured that they will know more about the world and themselves.  They will have wisdom, insights and skills to engage in a larger, global community. 

No doubt, moving on from the life of an undergraduate is a big adventure.  It’s a new beginning (a commencement), whether your student is considering a career, an advanced degree, or a tour of duty as a volunteer in a service program.

The vast majority of new U-M graduates are employed or continuing their education.  That says something about the value of a Michigan education, but there’s much more.  Not only great teaching and research, but also service and leadership activities here afford students a “whole” education.  That is the Michigan Difference.  And so many of our students reflect the Michigan Difference in what they achieve in their careers, passions and communities in the years after they graduate.

It’s important that your student not wait until junior or senior year to begin preparing for “life after college.”  In this issue of Family Matters, we feature some of the services and programs that help students through their university “career” and into their next one – and ideas for you to help your student along the way.

If you have questions or want more information about Student Life programs and services, please let me know by email to, or by phone to (734) 764-5132.

Best wishes,

E. Royster Harper

Vice President for Student Life


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