As the 2015-2016 academic year comes to a close, your student may be marking significant milestones in scholarship, community service, or personal achievements. Many Michigan students experience challenges at this time of year - the stress of final exams, ambivalence about the transition of graduation, or the thrills (and fears) of deciding what’s next.
Spring at Michigan can also be celebratory, including commencement for some and special graduation ceremonies like Lavender Graduation, Community Service Learning graduation, First-Generation Students’ Graduation, the Program on Intergroup Relations graduation, and a graduation tea hosted by the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center. (As always, you and your student may explore all U-M events at our online events calendar.)
Earlier this month we celebrated some of U-M’s many spectacular students at the Michigan Difference Student Leadership Awards. These awards recognize outstanding accomplishments and contributions at a red-carpet gala. This year’s winners include some very special students – my sincere congratulations to the winners and gratitude to every student nominated for the inspiring and innovative work they accomplish on behalf of our university community.
April also brings our annual Campus Memorial service to honor and remember those students we lost in the past year. For all of us, this event is a painful but vibrant reminder of our extended Michigan family, and of those who have made an impact on so many of us.
For some, April 2015 has brought conflict and even controversy. Student Life engages with your students throughout the year in many ways – we host events, panels, and conversations on many different topics relevant to campus life. Campus protests and conversations have been rich with opportunities for your students to explore their own beliefs and those of others. We value inclusivity. We recognize and respect social identities that are different from our own, and actively participate in the creation and sustenance of safe communities that affirm and value all of our students. Putting these values into practice this month provided transformative learning experiences for our students, no matter where they stood on the issues involved.
Whether your student is moving on to another adventure in life, or coming back to U-M in a few months, we hope that the programs, services, and people of Student Life have provided support, learning, and encouragement to you and your family. I invite your questions and comments about Student Life at firstname.lastname@example.org or (734) 764-5132. Have a wonderful summer.
E. Royster Harper
Vice President for Student Life
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