Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan


U-M Outlines Details for Commencement May 1

Posted: April 21, 2010

U-M Outlines Details for Commencement May 1

The University of Michigan has several important messages for students, parents and other guests attending the May 1 commencement featuring President Barack Obama: Arrive early, allow plenty of time for parking, and don’t bring purses, bags or other personal items to Michigan Stadium.

For detailed instructions, visit the Record Update at or visit the U-M Commencement website at for detailed instructions.

Due to additional security at the event all graduates and guests need to be at the stadium gates no later than 9 a.m. to ensure that they clear security before the event begins. Gates open at 6:30 a.m. Security will involve equipment similar to that found at airports, so lines may be long at times.

“It is very important that we have everyone’s cooperation with this early call,” says Michelle Pate, director of University and Development Events. “We want this historic event to be an enjoyable experience by all, so we are asking everyone for their patience and assistance to make the security process as seamless as possible. That can only happen if people plan ahead and arrive early.”

The university has planned a morning of entertainment to help pass the time until the ceremony begins at 11 a.m. Concessions stands also will be open for those who wish to purchase breakfast foods and drink.

Graduates must go to Elbel Field, beginning at 6:30 a.m. and no later than 9 a.m., to receive security instructions for entering the stadium. At the field they will find a free continental breakfast, a photo station and the opportunity to send a video or Twitter message to family and friends that will be displayed inside the stadium. From Elbel Field graduates will be directed to the stadium. All graduates must have a Graduate Ticket and M-Card.

The stadium no-bag policy is being enforced at this event, with some added restrictions.

Shuttle map:

Parking map:

Commencement website:

By Laurel Thomas Gnagey

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