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Video: Once in a lifetime
May 19, 2008
Traditionally, spring commencement takes place in the Big House. But this year, Michigan Stadium is under construction, so U-M needed an alternate venue for graduation.
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The Class of '08 convinced university officials to hold commencement in a beautiful and thoroughly appropriate place: the Diag. It was the first time in U-M's 191-year history that the Diag hosted graduation.
Getting the heart of campus ready took some doing—not to mention 32,000 folding chairs, 30 tractor-trailers of gear, hundreds of workers, and a "floor" covering 165,000 square feet.
At the ceremony, President Mary Sue Coleman welcomed the attendees and presented an honorary degree to alum and keynote speaker Bob Woodruff, a correspondent for ABC News. Other speakers included graduating senior Andres Ramos, who gave remarks on behalf of the graduates.