Parents and Families

Don’t forget Sustainability Honors Cord

Is your student sustainability minded? Do they work or volunteer to make a positive impact on the environment? If so, they may be eligible to receive an Excellence in Sustainability Honors Cord for graduation. Applications will be accepted until April 11.

Honors Cord

Celebrate Spring Commencement!

Spring Commencement is an extremely important event for all of our graduates and their families. Please join us in safely celebrating the Class of 2021 through a virtual ceremony on Saturday, May 1 at noon EST. The Spring Commencement team has invited graduating students to a unique opportunity to experience our virtual Spring Commencement on May 1 from the stands of Michigan Stadium. All students who graduated in winter 2020 or spring 2021 are invited to attend.


MDining open through April 30

Your student can continue to pick up meals served by Michigan Dining until Friday, April 30, 2021. MDining is currently offering only to-go meals. Many To-Go options are available.


Winter term need-to-know ‘Move Out’ tips

It has been quite a year for you and your student with unprecedented challenges, but also amazing demonstrations of community, pulling together, and helping each other make it work. And that includes student residents of Michigan Housing. Now that the Winter Term is coming to a close, we offer the following helpful tips for making the ‘move out’ of undergraduate residence halls a smooth, safe transition. Here’s what you need to know.

Move Out

Off Campus Virtual Housing Fair

With the university plan for an in-person Fall Semester, many students are in the process of wanting to secure off-campus housing for the 2021-22 year. If this is your student, then we would encourage them to participate in our Off Campus Virtual Housing Fair, taking place on Tuesday, April 20, 12 -1 p.m. The event offers an opportunity to chat live (via Zoom) with housing providers, ask questions about the accommodation that's available, and find out more about living off campus in Ann Arbor.

Housing Fair

Important dates to remember

Important dates remaining in the semester include:

  • Classes End Wednesday, April 21,

  • Study Days Thursday, April 22, and April 24 – 25
  • Examinations Friday, April 23, and April 26 – 30

  • Spring Commencement -- a virtual ceremony -- Saturday, May 1 at noon

  • Commencement Activities Thursday April 29 – Sunday, May 2

  • Spring Classes Begin, Tuesday, May 4

Canopies return, offer outdoor study space

Fresh air and sunshine while studying...The outdoor canopies that were popular places for your student to study last fall are back! The canopies opened April 6 and will be available from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. on weekdays and from noon-6 p.m. on weekends. Full details are in this University Record article.


Our Time With Your Student

Dear Wolverine Families,

I recently told Student Life staff how nervous I was that I would wake up on April 1 and find out that all the good signs of the pandemic slowing down were just an elaborate April Fool’s prank. But this is no prank. This is progress.

Martino Harmon

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 biweekly Campus COVID-19 Briefing, where they were joined by campus leaders to provide updates and information about campus conditions and responses to the U-M community. 

Yesterday, President Schlissel announced that the university will open Michigan Stadium to graduates during our May 1 virtual commencement ceremony. This opportunity follows two important changes: The state of Michigan has increased the allowed capacity of outdoor stadiums, and we are seeing far fewer COVID-19 cases among students. Numerous safety protocols will be in place for graduates who choose to view commencement in the stadium. 

Earlier today, your student received this emailed update announcement, which includes a link to the COVID-19 Briefing and stadium announcement. 

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