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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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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The Cost of College

The cost of a college education is on everyone’s minds these days, and there’s no denying it can be an expensive investment!  Michigan parents should know that our entire U-M community, from the Regents, to Student Life, to Student Government, is actively working to keep tuition increases in check, while still maintaining an outstanding educational experience for your student. 

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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. 

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Parent to Parent - Spring Break & Safety

Last time, we invited you to share advice with other Michigan parents about how to talk to students about Spring Break choices, including alcohol and staying safe.

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Social Networking & Today’s Job Search

Is spending too much time on social media preventing your student from getting a job or an internship? The answer may be – "It depends."

Social networking has been criticized as a complete waste of time. However, it's only unproductive if your student spends too much time on the "social" aspects of the networking.  When used on more professional terms, social networking sites can be a huge benefit in terms of increasing a student’s opportunity to land a job or an internship.

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