School of Education 2015 Spring Commencement

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2015 Commencement speaker,
Robert D. Putnam

Robert D. Putnam is the Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy at where he teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses, and is the 2013-14 Distinguished Visiting Professor at Aarhus University (Denmark). Professor Putnam is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the British Academy, and past president of the American Political Science Association. In 2006, Putnam received the Skytte Prize, the world's highest accolade for a political scientist, and in 2012, he received the National Humanities Medal, the nation's highest honor for contributions to the humanities. Raised in a small town in the Midwest and educated at Swarthmore, Oxford, and Yale, he has served as Dean of the Kennedy School of Government. The London Sunday Times has called him "the most influential academic in the world today."

He has written fourteen books, translated into twenty languages, including the best- selling Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community, and more recently Better Together: Restoring the American Community, a study of promising new forms of social connectedness. His previous book, Making Democracy Work, was praised by the Economist as "a great work of social science, worthy to rank alongside de Tocqueville, Pareto and Weber." Both Making Democracy Work and Bowling Alone are among the most cited publications in the social sciences worldwide in the last half century.

He consults widely with national leaders, including the last three American presidents, the last three British prime ministers, and the last French president. He co-founded the Saguaro Seminar, bringing together leading thinkers and practitioners to develop actionable ideas for civic renewal. His earlier work included research on comparative political elites, Italian politics, and globalization. Before coming to Harvard in 1979, he taught at the University of Michigan and served on the staff of the National Security Council. 

Putnam's most recent book, American Grace, co-authored with David Campbell of Notre Dame, focuses on the role of religion in American public life. Based on data from two of the most comprehensive national surveys on religion and civic engagement ever conducted, American Grace is the winner of the American Political Science Association's 2011 Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award for the best book on government, politics, or international affairs.

He is currently working on one major empirical project: Inequality and opportunity: the growing class gap among American young people and the implications for social mobility.

Applying to Graduate

Commencement ceremonies are scheduled for 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 2, 2015 in Hill Auditorium

Commencement Information
Diplomas
Reception
Registering for Commencement and Reception
Invitations
Academic Attire
Grad Fair
Honor Cords from Kappa Delta Pi
Honor Cords for School of Education Dean's Award for Academic Excellence
Honor Cords for All Other Non-School of Education Programs
Assembling on Commencement Day
Commencement Day Information for Family and Guests
For Graduates and Guests with Disabilities
Driving Directions, Parking and Accommodations
Important Contact Information
Questions

Commencement Information

You are eligible to participate in the school's ceremony if you:

Please note:

Diplomas

Please Let Us Know Your Plans for Attending the SOE Commencement Ceremony and Reception

There will be a reception following the ceremony at Ingalls Mall, which is located between Hill Auditorium and the Michigan League.

While tickets are not required for your guests, for planning purposes we do need to know how many attendees to expect at the commencement ceremony and reception. Please click on the link below to let us know your plans for attending this year's SOE commencement ceremony and reception.

Academic Attire

Please plan to wear academic attire to the School of Education commencement ceremony. Attire* is available for purchase or rental at two local bookstores.

*Doctoral attire is available only at the Michigan Union Bookstore.
Rackham Graduate School does not furnish hoods; you can rent them from the Michigan Union Bookstore before April 15.

During the graduation ceremony, the tassel is worn on the right front corner of the cap and is moved to the left after the degree has been conferred. Women should wear caps at all times; men should remove caps only during the singing of the National Anthem.

Grad Fair

The Spring Grad Fair will be held in March of 2015 on the ground floor of the Michigan Union. We will notify graduates when the date has been set.

This is your one stop shopping place for all of your graduation needs. You can purchase your cap and gown, class rings, graduate portraits and frames. University staff will be available to answer your general commencement questions or concerns.

At the Grad Fair students can purchase their attire at a 10% discount.

Invitations

You may order and purchase invitations at the Spring Grad Fair (see above) or from any bookstore or printer you choose. Options include Ulrich's Bookstore 734.662.3201 or the Michigan Union Bookstore 734.995.8877. On your invitation, be sure to mention the reception following the ceremony at Ingalls Mall.

Honor Cords from Kappa Delta Pi

To be eligible for a KDP honor cord you must:

Be a member of KDP
Average 25 participation points for each semester that you are involved in KDP ' e.g. a senior who joined KDP in fall 2009 would need 100 points (earned by volunteering at KDP events, coming to meetings, chairing events, donating supplies for events, etc.).

To be accepted to KDP
Undergraduates must have an overall grade point average of 3.0 or greater.
Graduate students must have an overall grade point average of 3.25 or greater.

The process
KDP officers will review point totals by mid-April to determine who is eligible for cords and will notify recipients directly.
KDP distributes the honor cords. Recipients will be informed of this process in their notification letters.

The color of the cords are purple and green. Please contact KDP with any further questions. 

Honor Cords for School of Education Dean's Award for Academic Excellence

Each year fifteen students enrolled in the School of Education are recognized for having attained academic distinction by establishing the highest university-wide grade-point averages among all School of Education undergraduates in that calendar year. Among these students, those who are graduating at this time are signified in the academic procession by the wearing of a light blue and gold braid.

Students receiving recognition will be notified and will be given a light blue and gold braid to wear for graduation.

Honor Cords for All Other Non-School of Education Programs

Please check the honor cord requirements for your specific program. If you meet the honor cord requirements please contact that program for information on how to attain a cord for graduation.

Assembling on Commencement Day

All Undergraduates, Master' and Doctoral Graduates: Please plan to arrive between 4:00 - 4:15 p.m. and meet in the balcony (third floor) of Hill Auditorium to check in, fill out your name card and organize for the academic procession. During the ceremony, the name of each recipient present will be read. The recipient will walk across the stage to be greeted by the dean and receive a memento of the event.

Commencement Day Information for Family and Guests

Hill Auditorium will open to guests at 4:15 p.m. Guests should enter through the front doors and be seated by 4:55 p.m. Aside from the seating area reserved for graduates, it is general seating and guests may sit wherever they prefer. We anticipate that all guests will be able to be accommodated on the main floor and the mezzanine level. If additional seating is needed we will open the balcony for seating as well. Please encourage your guests to arrive early for a good seat. Guests are requested to remain seated throughout the program.

For Graduates and Guests with Disabilities

The University of Michigan wants to ensure that all graduates, candidates, and guests can participate fully in graduation. The following arrangements are made in cooperation with the Accessibility Task Force of the Council for Disability Concerns.

If your guest(s) have mobility limitations (wheelchair, walker, etc.) please plan to have them arrive by 4:00 p.m. so that they can be seated before we open the doors to the general public. By entering Hill Auditorium from the WEST entrance (off Thayer) you will be nearest the ramps into the auditorium. Ushers will be available to assist in locating wheelchair-accessible seating and restrooms for guests. Please contact Leah Strothman (lstroth@umich.edu)  if you have any questions regarding your guests' needs.

A sign language interpreter will also be signing on the stage.

Driving Directions, Parking and Accommodations

Driving directions to Hill Auditorium can be found at www.ums.org.

Hotel arrangements for your guests should be made as soon as possible.

Public parking will be available in the U-M parking structures on Thayer and Fletcher Streets. These are the closest structures to Hill Auditorium and they provide handicapped parking. Please see parking map for parking options near Hill Auditorium. The U-M Parking Office will suspend enforcement for the Thayer and Fletcher street parking structure/lots for graduates and their guests. Please avoid any specialty parking spaces such as the reserved spots for U-M vehicles only. If a parking attendant is at the gate, please tell them you are attending the School of Education commencement. Parking spaces are provided on a first come, first served basis so unfortunately there is no guarantee that there will be available parking spots in these two lots. For a complete listing of all city and campus parking please visit:

For cars with handicapped parking permits nearly the entire lower level of the Thayer Street structure is reserved for handicapped parking. This structure is across the street in the same block as Hill Auditorium (see map). There are also numerous spaces located on various levels of the Fletcher Street structure, near the Alumni Center. These are somewhat less convenient locations than the Thayer Street structure. A few city-maintained handicapped parking spaces are also available on streets in the vicinity.

Important Contact Information

Barnes and Noble Academic Attire Rental/Sales - 734.995.8877
University Commencement Hotline - 734.647.6037
University Graduate Exercises - 734.615.0520
Campus Information Centers - 734.764.4636
Diploma and Transcript Office - 734.763.9066

Questions

Please contact Leah Strothman at lstroth@umich.edu

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