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Commencement 2017

Commencement Schedule

Commencement Ceremony

Friday, May 5, 2017

12 noon

Hill Auditorium
825 N University Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48109


  • Business casual attire
  • Turn off cell phones
  • Please limit talking during ceremony


Immediately following the Commencement Ceremony

Michigan League
911 N. University Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

The reception is on the second floor in the Ballroom, Michigan Room, Vandenberg Room and Concourse. Please be aware the Michigan League only has one elevator, which will increase the time it takes for guests with mobility issues to reach the reception if it is in heavy use.

Other information
Light refreshments will be provided.


Robert E. Quinn​ holds ​the Margaret Elliot Tracey Collegiate Professorship​ at the​ University of Michigan​ where he ​serves on the faculty of Organization and Management​ at the ​Stephen M.​ Ross School Business​.​  He is one of the co-founders of the Center for Positive Organizations.  
His​ life mission is to inspire positive change.​ ​Quinn’s research and teaching​ is​ ​focused​ on leadership, organizational change and effectiveness.  He has published 18​ books on these subjects​ and is the co-founder of the new field of positive organizational science which seeks to understand excellence in human performance. 
Quinn​ ​has thirty-five​ years of experience consulting with major corporations and government agencies​ and is known as a speaker who opens minds and inspires courage.​ He​ is particularly known for his work on the competing values framework which has been recognized as one the 40 most influential models in the history of business.  It has been used by hundreds of organizations and thousands of managers​ around the world.
He is a fellow of the Academy of Management and the World Business Academy​ and was a co-recipient of the Academy​ of Management​​'s Martin Trail Blazer Award for opening new directions in the field of organization theory.  He is also the recipient Marion F. Gislason Award, presented by the Executive Development Round​ ​table for life-long​ ​contributions to the field and practices of leadership.  
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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).

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Hotels & Dining

For information on area hotels and restaurants, visit the Ann Arbor Convention and Visitors Bureau 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.

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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.

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.

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