Date: Friday, May 10, 2024
Time: 11:00am. Doors open at 10:00am
Tickets will be required
Live Stream: Follow the ceremony live via the school's Facebook page.
Hill Auditorium
825 N. University Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

COVID-19 Safety:

Masking will be optional.
It is expected that all individuals of the U-M community and guests stay home if they are not feeling well.
Event format and venue capacity are subject to change if conditions related to the pandemic necessitate. Flexible travel plans are recommended.



Laurie Kay McCauley, DDS, MS, PhD

Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, William K and Mary Anne Najjar Professor of Periodontics, Professor of Dentistry, Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine, School of Dentistry and Professor of Pathology, Medical School

+ Biography

Dr. Laurie McCauley is provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the University of Michigan. Prior to her appointment as provost, she served as the dean of the School of Dentistry. Dr. McCauley is the William K. and Mary Anne Najjar Professor of Periodontics in the dental school and professor of pathology in the Medical School.
An active researcher supported by the National Institutes of Health for more than twenty-five years, Dr. McCauley’s work focuses on parathyroid hormone anabolic actions in bone, immune cell functions in bone, and prostate cancer skeletal metastasis. This mechanistic and translational research contributes to regenerative medicine and the development of treatments for inflammatory mediated bone loss.
Dr. McCauley has held visiting appointments at the Institut de Genetique et de Biologie Moleculaire et Cellulaire, the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, and the Center for Experimental Therapeutics and Reperfusion Injury, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. Among her many recognitions, she has been awarded a distinguished scientist award (International Association for Dental Research), a distinguished alumna award (The Ohio State University) and the Norton M. Ross Award for Excellence in Clinical Research (American Dental Association). She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of the National Academy of Medicine where she serves as Section Chair.
At U-M, Dr. McCauley chaired the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine, led several campus efforts in campaign planning, professional standards, and pandemic planning. She has been a champion for diversity, equity, and inclusion receiving the Ida Gray award for her outstanding efforts in promoting multicultural ideals. As dean, she actively worked to reduce student debt, and oversaw a $142 million expansion and renovation of the dental school’s clinical and educational facilities.
Dr. McCauley joined U-M as an assistant professor of dentistry in 1992. She holds four degrees from The Ohio State University, Bachelor of Science in education, Doctor of Dental Surgery, Master of Science in dentistry, and Ph.D. in veterinary pathology.


Per updated University guidelines, tickets will be required for the ceremony.
To attend the commencement ceremony, guests should contact their graduate to obtain tickets. Tickets are free and available to all graduates.

Please note the list of prohibited items for the commencement ceremony.


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).

Assistive Listening Devices: Hill Auditorium is equipped with assistive listening devices. Earphones may be obtained upon arrival. Please ask an usher for assistance.


Time: Immediately following ceremony
Michigan League Ballroom, Concourse, Hussey Room and Vandenberg Room
Michigan League
911 N University Ave,
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Accessibility: The reception in the Ballroom is on the second floor in the Michigan League. There is one elevator available at the Michigan League.


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.


The gates to all the parking structures on Central Campus will open on Friday (see detail below) and remain open throughout the weekend. Parking enforcement in these structures will be suspended until the end of enforcement hours on Sunday.

  • Palmer-Blue Area, Fletcher, Thayer: gates open Friday 9:00 a.m. through Sunday
  • Thompson, Hill, Church: gates open: Friday 9:30 a.m. through Sunday
In addition, all University parking areas/surface lots on Central, North and South Campuses will have suspended parking enforcement Fri-Sun, and commencement guests are welcome to park in any available unrestricted parking space (blue, orange, yellow).


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.

Go to Directions and Parking for more information.