Office of the VP for Communications – Keeping alumni and friends connected to U-M

  1. President Obama to deliver commencement address

    President Barack Obama will deliver the spring 2010 commencement address at the University of Michigan, President Mary Sue Coleman announced today. The ceremony will be held on May 1 in Michigan Stadium. Obama will receive an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree, and he will be the fourth sitting president to visit U-M in Ann Arbor, following George H.W. Bush, Gerald R. Ford and Lyndon B. Johnson; former president Bill Clinton spoke at the 2007 commencement.

  2. Facing the end

    The best time for seniors and their adult children to talk about the future is before a health or financial crisis, when effective plans can be set in place, and difficult questions resolved with patience. Here’s a helpful guide.

  3. Media coverage of the University of Michigan

    Keys to happy marriage and for determining what’s true; U-M’s Detroit Center a hub of economic growth in the city; an alum wins an Oscar; remembering Marshall Nirenberg, the man who unraveled the genetic code; and more.

  4. Ode to Joy

    The great photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt came to Ann Arbor in 1950 for Life magazine. His goal: to capture the flawless precision and wild exuberance of the Michigan Marching Band. He succeeded.

  5. Haiti and beyond

    U-M experts on how communities, nations and the world can prepare for and respond to the Haitian earthquake, and to similar disasters in the future.

    Related: U-M Nursing students in Liberia

  6. This year's Olympians

    U-M students and alums will be skating for their country in the Vancouver games.

  7. Fissiparous English

    Our mother tongue is the world’s language. More people learn English than there are native speakers. So, is our language falling apart?

  8. Grimness and hope

    Two of the best movies of 2009 gazed at dark realities. But it would be a shame, and a mistake, to dismiss them as mere downers.

  9. Millimeter-scale, energy-harvesting sensor system developed

    A 9-cubic millimeter solar-powered sensor system developed at U-M—1,000 times smaller than comparable commercial counterparts—is the smallest that can harvest energy from its surroundings to operate nearly perpetually.