Parents and Families

Our Time with Your Student

While students and faculty bear down on the completion of studies, projects and papers, it also is an exciting time. We see great works of individuals and student organizations who manifest all that is energetic and uplifting and inspiring at one of the world’s great teaching and research universities.

E. Royster Harper

Self-Care is Key During Finals

With finals coming up, students may sacrifice their well-being in hopes of getting better grades. Ideally, they would try to prevent an end-of-semester avalanche by planning ahead, but sometimes work piles up for even the most deliberate student. 

Your encouragement to practice good self-care, especially during stressful times like finals, can help build your student’s life-long resilience skills. This article offers talking points that you could use for a conversation. 

Woman studying with friends

Important Information for Travel Abroad

In an effort to better serve students who may get sick while traveling or need assistance in the event of an emergency abroad, the University of Michigan requires travel registration and insurance for students before they travel abroad on a university-sponsored trip.

Photo by Christine Brash

Spring Commencement - Everything to Know

To the Class of 2014 – and their families – congratulations!  The University of Michigan graduation ceremony will be held Saturday, May 3, at 10:00 a.m. in Michigan Stadium.  General Motors Company Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra will deliver the commencement address.

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Move-Out, Recycling and Reuse

Residence Hall Move-Out will begin in the last days of April as students complete their exams, and continue until May 1 when the residence halls close at 11 a.m. And each year Move-Out presents a shining moment in the University’s recycling and reuse campaign with students.

Move-Out recycling

Student Perspective: The Journey Home

By Hilary Keno, Public Health Masters Student

What you don’t always expect when coming home after your freshman year is the power struggle that can occur when living back with your parents. It’s understandable that as a college student you may expect more independence and altogether forget you ever had a curfew, but your parents certainly don’t.

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What to Expect When Expecting A Student's Return

The thought of your student returning home, especially after freshman year, can be exciting and potentially unsettling. Your student will now be a young adult living in your home.  What will the new relationship look like? Read on for observations and suggestions for navigating the transition. 

Caci & Roseann Dishman on Vacation

Congratulations UM Debate!

Some great, breaking news – Juniors Ellis Allen and Alex Pappas of the UM Debate Team won second place at the 2014 National Debate Tournament. UM Debate takes 2nd place at the National Tournament, 2014!

Ellis Allen & Alex Pappas, UM Debate

Parent to Parent - Your Summer Plans

Last edition, we asked – What topics would you like to see covered in future editions of Family Matters? Read on for responses from other Michigan parents, as well as links to some of our most popular articles from previous editions.

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Dates to Remember - Spring 2014

Spring is finally here and Commencement activities are something you'll want to add to your calendar. We've also gathered a variety of academic calendars and holidays to help you stay in touch!

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