Parents and Families

A Message from E. Royster Harper

In a few short weeks, many families will be making the trip back to Ann Arbor, this time with plenty of empty room in the car, to pack your student’s belongings and head home, if only for a moment. And the student you will be picking up will be a little different from the one you dropped off on that day at the end of summer: buzzing with new information, talking about people and things you’ve never heard of, but also in many ways more confident.

E. Royster Harper, VP for Student Life

Your Guide to Spring Commencement 2017

Congratulations to the Class of 2017! To celebrate the university’s 200th birthday, the spring commencement will uniquely mark the milestone with multiple speakers, a musical performance and special seating for graduates on the field.​


Move-Out Information

If your student lives in University Housing, you can remind them of steps that need to be completed before they leave campus.

Rag doll on a bunk bed

Students Lead on Mental Health

Students are showing themselves as "the Leaders and the Best" by addressing campus concerns about mental health head-on.

Two people sit at table, talking over a meal


Communicating in Challenging Circumstances

Are you ready to communicate with your student about an incident related to alcohol or other drugs, if needed?

Why communication matters: Studies show college students still regard their parents (or parent role models) as trusted advisors and vital in their social support network. Students often rely on parents when they encounter difficulties and challenges. 

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Highlights of Your Student's Journey

As another school year wraps up, we invite you to join us in reflecting on your student’s first year: the journey that felt as though it may never begin, the trek that was over much too fast, the many experiences that shaped your student throughout the first year at U-M. 

Michigan Law Quad at Night


Your Ann Arbor "Bucket List"

You've got lots of great options when you visit Ann Arbor, and here are a few opportunities you'll want to take advantage of.

the cube sculpture