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Commencement 2019 - Friday, May 10

Commencement Schedule

Commencement Ceremony

May 10, 2019

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.


Dr. Abdul El-Sayed is a physician, epidemiologist and public health expert who ran for Governor of Michigan in 2018. Although he lost the Democratic primary, El-Sayed attracted national attention during the campaign for his progressive agenda supporting universal healthcare, clean water, debt-free and tuition-free higher education and renewable energy, among other issues. Had he been elected, he would have been the country’s first Muslim-American governor and, at age 33, the country’s youngest governor since the 1980s.

A Rhodes Scholar, El-Sayed holds a Doctorate in Public Health from Oxford University and a Medical degree from Columbia University. He graduated with Highest Distinction and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Michigan, where he earned the Williams Jennings Bryan Prize for Political Science. He was selected to deliver the U-M Student Commencement Address in 2007 and in 2017 was named one of 20 recipients of the university’s Bicentennial Alumni Awards commemorating alumni “whose achievements carry on Michigan’s traditions of intellectual creativity and academic endeavor, of civic engagement, and of national and international service.”

Before running for Governor, Abdul served as Health Commissioner in Detroit where he rebuilt Detroit’s Health Department after it had been privatized during the city’s municipal bankruptcy. Prior to his work in public service, Abdul was a tenure-track faculty member in Columbia University’s Department of Epidemiology. He has authored over 100 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and abstracts in public health, with expertise in health disparities and complexity science in public health. He has served on the Michigan Child Lead Poisoning Elimination Board and on the National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Advisory Committee of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

El-Sayed lives in Detroit with his wife, Sarah, and daughter, Emmalee.

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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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