Parents and Families

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

Housing welcomes students for Fall ‘21

Michigan Housing is excited to announce that residential communities and apartments will be open to welcome your student in the Fall of 2021.  More details are available on the Housing website, including how to apply, what room types are available, and what timelines you and your student can expect. As President Mark S. Schlissel outlined in his announcement last week, housing this fall semester will continue to be strongly informed by public health expertise.


Important dates to remember 

Seems like the Winter semester just started, but your student is almost half way through, and it’s a good time to note some important dates remaining in the semester:

  • Well-Being Break (no classes) Tuesday, March 23
  • University Honors Convocation (Virtual) Wednesday, March 31
  • 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
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What’s New? Stay Up-to-date...

Last week, the University of Michigan announced plans for a more traditional in-person and residential fall semester for the Ann Arbor campus. This includes: most classes will be in person, greater occupancy in residence halls, in-person dining and student support services, and some continuing precautions to maximize health and safety for the university community.

For complete details on the fall semester, please view President Mark S. Schlissel’s most recent message. You also can stay informed on a daily basis by visiting the Campus Maize and Blueprint page.

Campus Blueprint