Parents and Families

Celebrate Winter Commencement Virtually

Finishing a college degree during a pandemic is a feat that definitely deserves celebrating. Save the Date for December 19 to help Winter 2020 graduates experience -- virtually -- their achievements.The 2020 University of Michigan Winter Celebration will feature a message from campus leaders as well as greetings from across campus, allowing us to salute U-M’s winter 2020 graduates. Graduates will be able to customize their caps, as well as submit photos and add frames to share on social media. 

Details are available here.

Please plan on joining us for this celebration!

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Our Time With Your Student

With finals right around the corner, your students are starting to hunker down over textbooks, laptops, and maybe a snack or two. To help you help them fuel themselves through the last stretch of the semester, this edition of Family Matters covers fun study break opportunities and virtual ways students can connect to important mental and emotional health resources. We will also give you an update on Winter Commencement and go over our plans for next semester as well as guidance for testing and housing for those on campus or in the Ann Arbor area. 

Martino Harmon

A COVID Update

Dear Parents and Families,

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, University of Michigan leaders are providing weekly updates to keep the campus community informed on current campus conditions, measures taken to address the pandemic and responses to questions. Earlier today, your student received this emailed update announcement, which includes a link to the Weekly COVID-19 Briefing. President Mark S. Schlissel, Provost Susan M. Collins, Vice President for Student Life Martino Harmon, and Chief Health Officer Preeti Malani, who is a physician and professor of medicine in U-M's Division of Infectious Diseases, participate in each briefing.

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


A COVID Update

Dear Parents and Families,

Earlier today, your student received this emailed update announcement, which includes a link to the Weekly COVID-19 Briefing shared with our campus community. At the briefing, University of Michigan leaders provide updates on current campus conditions, measures taken to address the pandemic and responses to questions from the U-M community.  President Mark S. Schlissel, Provost Susan M. Collins, Vice President for Student Life Martino Harmon, and Chief Health Officer Preeti Malani, who is a physician and professor of medicine in U-M's Division of Infectious Diseases, are part of each briefing.

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


Safe Travel Information Reminder

Whether your student is traveling a short distance to their home residence, across country or internationally, planning ahead can make the journey safe and less stressful. These transportation and safe travel tips can help make the journey go smoothly.

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Virtual Resources for Students

As the days grow shorter, the weather (in many parts of the country) gets colder, while more days are spent isolating at home, cabin fever can set in for your student. Here are some virtual University resources to help break the monotony and help your student stay refreshed, active and positive.

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Save the Date -- Winterfest Is Coming

Your student can discover and connect with hundreds of student organizations and find a community at Winterfest! Winterfest is the annual student organization involvement fair that occurs in the beginning of the Winter semester. Typically staged in the Michigan Union, Winterfest 2021 will be held virtually in order to ensure the health and safety of the Michigan community.
 
Winterfest will be Monday, February 1 - Friday, February 5, 2021, (6-8 p.m. EST each day). For more info, check out the Winterfest site.

Save the Date

Tips for Supporting Your Student During Finals

Learning to manage a heavy academic workload while focusing on health and well-being as final exams loom can be a challenging part of the college experience. Taking exams entirely on a virtual basis will also add to the stress. But parents and family members can be the first people students turn to -- and a wonderful source of comfort -- when they want to talk through stress this time of year.

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