Parents and Families

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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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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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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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.

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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. 

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A Spring Break to Remember

As arctic temperatures embrace Ann Arbor, students have started to count down the days until spring break (March 1-9, 2014) for a respite from studying and possibly even from the winter weather. But whether your student’s plans include a service learning trip, skiing the Rockies, travel to an exotic beach, or just hanging out in Ann Arbor, it can be seen as a time for wild behavior as a rite of passage. And this can create safety concerns.

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Academic Advising Helps Students Find Their Place

Is your student feeling overwhelmed by the sheer number of choices and opportunities at Michigan? Are they undecided about what to major in? Or maybe they’re looking for programs to enrich their field of study (that also look great on a resume). Maybe it’s time for a visit with an academic advisor.

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Our Time with Your Student

As you can imagine, the president of a world-class teaching and research university such as U-M bears great responsibilities, leading and advancing the institution in its mission of excellence for students, faculty, researchers, and staff.

E. Royster Harper

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