Parents and Families

What to do? Helping your student stay involved

From “Grab & Go” safe in-person activities to leadership series to virtual movie watch events, there’s always something happening for your student to stay active and involved.  

Finding Community

Study, creative spaces open in unions

The University’s Unions are open for study, respite and creation via a web-based space reservation system called Study Spaces at U-M. Study Spaces helps your student find and reserve designated individual study spaces, computer stations, a space to take a remote class, or just a dedicated quiet touchdown spot between classes.

Study Spaces

Rooting for Change: UMSFP Summit

Save the date! Rooting For Change, the University of Michigan’s Sustainable Food Program (UMSFP)’s Student Food Summit, will take place on Wednesday, March 24 and Thursday, March 25, from 5-8 p.m.  The summit will include conversation about food systems, network with fellow sustainable foodies, participate in learning workshops, listen to tiny talks on food justice and more.

Rooting for Change

U-M offers 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.  A University of Michigan partnership has established the Excellence in Sustainability Honors Cord, launching with the upcoming spring graduation, in order to recognize students who went the extra mile to further their knowledge of and skills in applying sustainability principles while studying at the U-M.  

Honors Cord

Commencement experiences planned

While the 2021 Spring Commencement will be a virtual event, due to COVID-19 safety concerns, your student will have the opportunity to participate in a number of experiences designed to honor this year’s graduates. This includes multiple socially distanced photo sessions on the field at the Big House beginning April 6. Full details can be found in this University Record article or on the Commencement website.


Spring Commencement Speaker announced

Bryan Stevenson, a noted civil rights attorney who has worked to exonerate prisoners on death row, will deliver the University of Michigan Spring Commencement virtual address to graduates on May 1. 

In addition, famed choreographer Twyla Tharp will give the Rackham Graduate Exercises virtual address on April 30.


Our Time With Your Student

Dear Wolverine Families, 

The good news is out: We return to campus this fall, when your students will dive into a stimulating environment where most classes are taught in person, residence halls will open to house all first year students and as many returning students as possible, athletic events have fans in the stands, and the campus is abuzz with activity. 

Martino Harmon