Domenico Grasso to be formally installed as sixth chancellor on Friday, April 12

February 25, 2019

The daylong event also will include a research showcase and celebratory reception.

The Board of Regents and president of the University of Michigan will formally welcome Domenico Grasso as the sixth chancellor of the University of Michigan-Dearborn on Friday, April 12, 2019, with a day of academic showcases, an installation ceremony and a celebratory reception.

Related: View the Inauguration website for a full schedule of events and to RSVP.    

The installation ceremony, which will take place at the Fieldhouse at 1 p.m., is a longstanding tradition that serves to officially install Grasso as chancellor. Organizers say the event will honor UM-Dearborn’s legacy of excellence and celebrate the bright future ahead. 

The program will include remarks from several prominent speakers with connections to Grasso and the university, including Rep. Debbie Dingell (D, M-12), Ford Motor Co. President and CEO Jim Hackett, U-M President Mark Schlissel and Prairie View A&M President Ruth Simmons, and music from violinist Xiang Gao.

An academic processional will precede the ceremony with representation from the UM-Dearborn faculty, U-M campus colleagues and other key universities across the state and country. 

Additional Inauguration Events:

Thursday, April 11

Student Celebration
11 a.m-1 p.m., University Center

UM-Dearborn students are invited to join Chancellor Grasso and his wife, Susan, for a celebratory lunch. Come enjoy great food, live music, selfies with the chancellor, discussions about the future direction of UM-Dearborn, student displays and other events.

Friday, April 12

UM-Dearborn Faculty and Student Research Showcase
9:30-11 a.m., Institute for Advanced Vehicle Systems Building

Faculty members and students across campus are involved in consequential research that is making an impact. At this showcase event, learn how faculty members and students are crossing disciplinary boundaries, solving today’s problems and building roads to tomorrow’s opportunities.

Community Reception
3-4:30 p.m, Fair Lane, Home of Clara & Henry Ford

Celebrate Domenico Grasso, UM-Dearborn’s sixth chancellor, at this public reception following the ceremony. Be one of the first to congratulate Chancellor Grasso and connect with colleagues and friends following this important point in UM-Dearborn’s history.

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