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Friday May 8, 2015

Schedule of Events
Commencement starts at 1pm at Hill Auditorium

Hill Auditorium
825 N. University Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109


Immediately following the ceremony at the Michigan League

Michigan League
911 N. University Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1265

The reception is on the second floor in the Ballroom, Vandenberg and Michigan rooms, as well as the adjoining concourse. [Note: With only one elevator to the 2nd floor, you or your guests may experience a delay if unable to use the stairs.]

Other Information
· Light refreshments will be provided

Speaker: Dr. Danielle Ofri
As a physician and teacher at the oldest public hospital in the United States, and as a writer and literary editor, Dr. Danielle Ofri speaks with unique insight into the practice of medicine in America. Dr. Ofri is an attending physician in Bellevue Hospital’s medical clinic, which has been the home of the most extraordinary human stories throughout its long history in the nation’s most diverse and complex city.In her practice and as an Associate Professor of Medicine at New York University, Dr. Ofri has focused on reaching the real humanity of her patients and on teaching young doctors how to do the same.  She is medicine’s leading proponent of the power of story-and of literature-to teach healthcare providers and to improve the practice of medicine.She is the author of several acclaimed books on life in medicine and patient care.  Dr. Ofri’s writings have been included in Best American Essays 2005 & 2002, and Best American Science Writing 2003.  She received the Missouri Review Editor’s Prize for nonfiction, and the McGovern award from the American Medical Writers Association.  For more information on Dr. Ofri’s books please visit her website: 
Dr. Ofri’s credentials include:
§  Associate Professor of Medicine, new York University
§  Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief, Bellevue Literary Review.  Editor, The Best of the Bellevue Literary Review.
§  Guest Columnist, The New York Times’ Well blog.
§  Essays and reviews published in the New York Times, New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancet, The Los Angeles Times, and National Public Radio.

Commencement Etiquette

· Business casual attire
· Turn off cell phones
· No disruptive talking during the ceremony

Tickets & Seating

Tickets are not required.  Seating is on a first come, first served basis.  Handicapped Access:  East and West side entrances of the auditorium are appropriate for guests using wheelchairs.  Please refer to the Hill Auditorium Seating Chart to locate designated handicapped seating areas (boxes A-G on the main floor).



Hotels & Dining

For information on area hotels and restaurants, visit the Ann Arbor Convention and Visitors Bureau at or call 800-888-9487.

Guests who are unable to reserve hotel rooms in the Ann Arbor area may wish to look for hotel rooms in Brighton, Jackson, Plymouth, Ypsilanti, or the vicinity of Detroit Metropolitan Airport.  These communities are less than one hour's drive from Ann Arbor.

Directions, Parking & Maps

Parking will be free and open to the public beginning at 10:00 am in the Fletcher*, Palmer, and Thayer Parking Structures for School of Dentistry graduation ceremonies. 

*PLEASE NOTE:  The Fletcher Street Parking Structure is normally reserved for patient and employee parking.  Parking is available in employee parking ONLY. Please use the entrance off Palmer Drive.   If you enter the structure via the UP Ramp at the Fletcher Street entrance (patient parking) you will be charged $25.00 when you exit the structure.