Parents and Families

Meet the University of Michigan’s 15th President: Dr. Santa J. Ono

Dear Parents and Families,

For more than 200 years, the University of Michigan has been a leader in research, learning and teaching. Today, the University of Michigan’s Board of Regents voted Dr. Santa J. Ono, an accomplished biomedical researcher and president and vice-chancellor of the University of British Columbia, as the 15th president of the University of Michigan.

Dr. Ono, who previously served as the president of the University of Cincinnati and senior vice-provost and deputy to the provost at Emory University, will officially step into the U-M role effective Oct. 13. To learn more about today’s exciting announcement, we encourage you to visit the president-elect announcement page.

Throughout his career as an educator, researcher and university administrator, Dr. Ono has distinguished himself as a thoughtful innovator, an adept communicator and a leader with a proven track record of meeting the most pressing challenges facing higher education.

We recognize the immense trust you and your Wolverine place in us to educate, support and empower those who choose to Go Blue. During the university’s comprehensive national search for our next leader, we heard from many members of our community, including our Wolverines’ parents, families and loved ones. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and expectations—and for being a part of this process.

Celebrating the Class of 2023, the newest members of our alumni network

Cheers. Tears. New beginnings. The university recently welcomed our graduating Wolverines’ parents, families, guardians and supporters to campus to celebrate the achievements of our newest alumni members: the Class of 2023.

Campus Jobs: The shortest commute on campus

Campus jobs offer flexible schedules and convenient locations all across campus that mesh with students' schedules, helping redefine what it means to work from home. Learn more about opportunities available for your Wolverine to join the Michigan Housing or Michigan Dining teams and gain valuable time-management skills.

Dining Updates: Fall 2022 term

If you or your Wolverine are looking for a quick bite to eat while finishing moving room furnishings, consider a stop in one of Michigan Dining’s seven residential dining halls: Bursley, East Quad, Markley, Mosher-Jordan, North Quad, South Quad and Twigs. As part of extending a warm welcome to you as part of our Michigan family, Michigan Dining is offering complimentary entry for students and their helpers during move-in.

Read on to discover Dining's move-in hours of operation and where your hungry Wolverine can view M Dining locations' most up-to-date hours of operation, menus and current capacity while on the go this academic year.

Making the Most of Michigan!

Your Michigan student is starting a brand new chapter of their life. They’ll be navigating a different place and transitioning into college, and there are resources available to help! In ALA 171: Making the Most of Michigan, your student will learn how to navigate all of the academic and professional resources the University of Michigan has to offer to help them be successful in all of their future endeavors.

A COVID Update

Dear Parents and Families,

Today, University of Michigan President Mark S. Schlissel, Provost Susan M. Collins, and Vice President for Student Life Martino Harmon provided the Campus COVID-19 Briefing, where they were joined by campus leaders to provide updates and information about campus conditions and resources. 

The leaders shared information about a number of in-person activities across the campus this fall.

Earlier today, your student received this emailed update announcement, which includes a link to the COVID-19 Briefing and other information. Please note that today’s briefing is the final scheduled briefing of the spring. Future briefings will be scheduled as needed and shared.

To stay up-to-date throughout the week, you may also view the Campus Maize and Blueprint site.  

Looking to fall for student engagement

Is your student looking forward to fall and getting involved in traditional campus activities again? From First Year Experience to fall welcome activities, and other campus traditions programs are being planning to make fall a special experience. While many programs were adapted for this unusual time, read on for some highlights your student can use to get the most of the campus experience.


Get involved! Student Organizations -- sign up for fall

The Center for Campus Involvement is the central hub for U-M’s 1,600 student organizations. From your student’s first steps looking to get involved in a group through being president of an organization, CCI supports all of your student’s involvement needs. Your student can check out the Maize Pages to see a complete site with all organizations, the manual for all policies and procedures, and leadership opportunities.

COVID Sampling

Housing updates: Spring and Summer guidelines

It is important to note that public health guidelines are still in place for Spring and Summer terms, including testing, social distancing and mask wearing. To report that your student has received a vaccination, they can follow the links on the Campus Maize and BLUEprint website for instructions on uploading your vaccination information. More details follow.


Important dates to remember

  • Memorial Day (Holiday) -- Monday, May 31
  • Classes end (Spring Half) -- Monday, June 20
  • Study Days -- Tuesday, June 21 - Wednesday June 22

  • Examinations Thursday, June 23 - Friday, June 24

  • Spring Half Term ends -- Friday, June 24

  • Summer Half Term classes begin -- Wednesday, June 29
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Our Time With Your Student

Dear Wolverine Families,

Recently, I had the exciting opportunity to meet with U-M students for a virtual Leadership Connection event. In past years, our Center for Campus Involvement has held this leadership retreat for student organizations at Camp Michigania. This time around, we had a great time chatting on Zoom, and going virtual enabled students to join us from all across the globe. I was honored to share some of my personal “golden nuggets” of wisdom with these rising leaders, but I had just as much to learn from them as they had to learn from me. The core theme that arose from our chat? Community.