University Of Michigan To Hold Online Celebration For Graduating Students

Apr 28, 2020

U of M's Ann Arbor campus
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The University of Michigan is holding an "online celebration" this Saturday for its 2020 graduating class, since the coronavirus has forced it to cancel its traditional commencement ceremony.

U of M plans to hold a day-long celebration that includes photos, a video message from commencement speaker, former Vice President Al Gore, and a statement from University President Mark Schlissel.

U of M spokesman Rick Fitzgerald says, despite the celebration, this will not be a commencement.

“The university is working to schedule an actual commencement, perhaps next spring, on its own date,” Fitzgerald says.

Fitzgerald says, despite those plans, they didn’t want to let the original date for commencement go by without some kind of celebration.

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