Chancellor's Office

Yesterday's graduation -- campus appreciation


December 17,  2007

To the UM-Dearborn campus community,

I want to extend a warm "thank you" to everyone who helped make yesterday's commencement ceremony happen. Graduations are always large events that call for significant efforts by many people, but yesterday's large snowfall meant even more work for those involved.  In particular, I would like to thank Facilities Management, Enrollment Services, Campus Safety, and the many volunteers who help with graduations. Everyone involved did simply spectacular work - on the roads and sidewalks, in the parking lots, and in the fieldhouse.  I also very much appreciate the faculty who were able to make it to campus to participate in the ceremony in their academic gowns; I know that many of you went through some difficult driving in order to attend.  Thanks most sincerely on behalf of the graduates!

Graduations are campus events that are scheduled years in advance.  They are very important to those who graduate as well as their families and those close to them.  With that in mind, the University of Michigan-Dearborn does everything it can to ensure that each graduation happens as planned. Many of our graduates have guests from out of state for the ceremony and a few from outside the country.  We know that it might have taken significant effort to attend the ceremony, but for those that were able to attend it was a day of celebration.

We also know that the majority of graduates were able to attend yesterday's ceremonies.  However, any student who was unable to attend will be encouraged to attend the graduation ceremony on April 27th.

Again, my sincere appreciation to all for helping to make graduation happen.

Dan Little