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Congratulations, Class of 2013! UM SPH graduation was May 2, 2013, 3:00 p.m., at Hill Auditorium.
Graduation Speaker: Thomas Goetz, Writer and Entrepreneur
This year’s SPH graduation speaker was Thomas Goetz, Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and a correspondent at the Atlantic. He is also founder of 1+1 Labs, an information-design firm. He wrote the bestselling book The Decision Tree, which was chosen by the Wall Street Journal as a Best Health book of 2010.
He was previously the executive editor at WIRED, where he led the magazine to a dozen National Magazine Awards from 2001 through 2012 and, in 2010, being chosen as AdWeek's "Magazine of the Decade." His stories there explored everything from the power of feedback loops to the paradox of cancer screening. This work has been selected for the Best American Science Writing, Best American Science & Nature Writing, and Best Technology Writing anthologies. His next book, The Remedy, tracks the emergence of the germ theory and the race to cure tuberculosis in the 19th century; it comes out from Penguin/Gotham in early 2014.
He has served as Curator-in-Residence for the Adobe Digital Museum, a council member for NASA's Launch challenges, and was executive producer for the award-winning Discovery Channel documentary Earth 2050: The Future of Energy. His TED talk on redesigning medical data has been viewed more than 300,000 times.
Goetz holds a Master of Public Health degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master's in American literature from the University of Virginia. He graduated from Bates College, where he learned to juggle five balls at once (he's now back down to three).
All School of Public Health students who will have completed their degree requirements before or during Fall 2012, Winter 2013, or Summer 2013 terms are welcome to participate in both the School of Public Health Graduation and the University-wide Spring Commencement. Students receiving a Ph.D. or M.S. degree may also be eligible to participate in the University Graduate Exercises (Rackham; refer to link for eligibility).
All graduates must officially apply for graduation. Do this as soon as possible by visiting http://wolverineaccess.umich.edu/.
Graduation tickets are NOT required for guests attending SPH graduation this year. However, guests are required to RSVP to attend the SPH graduation reception. Please register the number of guests in your party that will be attending the reception.
Family members who are not the children or spouse of the F-1 student or J-1 exchange visitor must apply for a B-1/B-2 visitor visa to gain entry into the U.S. Family members from certain countries may be eligible to travel to the U.S. to visit for stays of up to 90 days without obtaining a B-1/B-2 visa through the U.S. Department of State Visa Waiver Program.
The University of Michigan will provide a letter of invitation to assist graduates whose parents need to apply for a visa in order to attend their student's commencement ceremony. The letter can be requested by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The email should include:
The letter from the University will be mailed to the graduate, who can then forward it to the parents for use in documenting their visa request. Please allow three weeks to receive the letter.
Standard printed announcements may be purchased at the Barnes and Noble @ University of Michigan Bookstore, 734-995-8877, at 530 South State Street. Personalized announcements take up to two weeks to print.
Hotel arrangements for your guests should be made as soon as possible. Please visit the SPH website for a listing of accommodations, as well as information on directions, airport, and other transportation.
Graduates participating in any University of Michigan graduation ceremonies must wear academic attire. If you did not order your attire at Graduation Kick-Off or the Spring Grad Fair, you may order it at the Barnes and Noble University of Michigan Bookstore, 734-995-8877, at 530 South State Street. Store hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Friday, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday.
To ensure that you purchase or rent the correct hood, please note your hood color:
Graduates should assemble in their academic attire, in the lower level of Hill Auditorium. Upon arriving at Hill please enter via the EAST entrance (Ingalls Mall entrance) and go directly to the registration tables in the lower level to pick up your name card and to complete a card for the photographer. You will hand these cards to the marshal on stage when receiving your recognition. From there you will be directed to the appropriate location to prepare for the processional line-up.
For the procession, graduates will line up by degree earned. In the auditorium, graduates will sit next to individuals of the same degree. SPH staff will assist you in lining up for the procession and with seating. The procession into the auditorium will begin promptly at 3:00 p.m.
Please do not bring any valuables to graduation. There is no safe place to store them.
Hill Auditorium will open to guests at 2:15 p.m. Guests should enter through the front doors and be seated by 2:45 p.m. Seating for graduation is general seating. Please encourage your guests to arrive early for a good seat. Guests are requested to remain seated throughout the program. For guests with disabilities, please see the next section.
The University of Michigan wants to ensure that all graduates, candidates, and guests can participate fully in graduation. The following arrangements are made in cooperation with the Accessibility Task Force of the Council for Disability Concerns.
If your guest(s) have mobility limitations (wheelchair, walker, etc.) please plan to have them arrive by 2:00 p.m. so that they can be seated before we open the doors to the general public. By entering Hill Auditorium from the WEST entrance (off Thayer) you will be nearest the ramps into the auditorium. Ushers will be available to assist in locating wheelchair-accessible seating and restrooms for guests. Please contact (734) 764-5425 if you have any questions regarding your guests’ needs. A sign language interpreter will be present.
All requests for special arrangements should be made by March 31, 2013.
All graduates, their family and their friends are invited to attend the School of Public Health graduation reception to be held on Ingalls Mall (adjacent to Hill Auditorium) immediately following the ceremony. An RSVP is required to attend the reception.
A photographer will take a color photo of each graduate as he or she is recognized on stage. Graduates will receive a free color proof. There is no obligation to buy reprints.
Public parking will be available in the UM parking structures on Thayer and Fletcher Streets. These are the closest structures to Hill Auditorium and they provide handicapped parking. (The UM Parking Office will suspend enforcement for the Thayer and Fletcher street parking structure/lots for graduates and their guests. The gates to the Thayer, Fletcher and Palmer Blue area will be opened at 11 a.m. on Thursday for graduation attendees. Please avoid any specialty parking spaces such as the reserved spots for UM vehicles only. If a parking attendant is at the gate, please tell them you are attending UM SPH Graduation.) Parking spaces are provided on a first come, first served basis so there is no guarantee that you will find parking in these two lots. Please reference the parking diagram for all parking options near Hill Auditorium (PDF). For a complete listing of all city and campus parking please visit:
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