1. From the end spring new beginnings

    Commencement 2022 delivered a host of celebratory thrills. Speakers included author/journalist Maria Shriver and Dr. Anthony Fauci. As in years past, many students customized their graduation caps with inspiring messages. Enjoy this batch of colorful caps we found amid the throng of ecstatic alumni in Michigan Stadium. These captions are sourced from the stories about spring commencement that appeared in the University Record. All images are by Michigan Photography.
    • Commencement cap reads: Meteorology, current conditions
    • Two caps read: G and O
    • Cap reads: big heart to shape little minds
    • Cap reads: I got it done for my son
    • Cap reads: Student parent: I did it for her
    • Cap reads: I will be happy about graduating
  2. Creating Champions

    Michigan student-athletes took winning to new heights this spring, breaking records, grabbing titles, and dazzling fans with extraordinary performances across the board. Enjoy these highlights, captured by Michigan Photography, with text sourced from
    • Women' basketball team celebrates
    • Naz Hillmon
    • Men's hockey pileup
    • Ahley Lau
    • Paul Juda, gymnast
    • Women's gymnasts celebrate
  3. Ingenuity, nuance, and playfulness

    The 26th annual Exhibition of Art by Michigan Prisoners is the largest of its kind in the world. U-M's Prison Creative Arts Project (PCAP) curated the free, public exhibition, which highlights the work of 392 artists from 26 state correctional facilities in Michigan. View the artwork in person at the Duderstadt Gallery, 2281 Bonisteel Blvd., through April 5. PCAP was founded in 1990 by Buzz Alexander, professor of English at U-M. Learn more about the program.
    • War Cry
    • The Uncreation
    • From Anger, Hope
    • Backgammon at the Beach
    • Grumpy Bird
    • Pulp Graffiti
  4. Leafing through the pages

    Join us inside U-M Library's Book Arts Studio with students from the Stamps School of Art and Design. They used local plants and a poem by Carl Lavigne to interweave the science of botany, the art of creative writing, and the craft of letterpress printing. (Click on each image to enlarge.)
    • Letterpress
    • Student prepares to place something on the page
    • A student places a leaf on the page
    • Students work the press
    • Prefer to bloom in winter
    • Long panel of pages
  5. We are the champions

    "It's great to be a Michigan Wolverine," right? And it's so true for football fans in 2021. Enjoy these action shots from the team's decisive win over Iowa to take the Big Ten Championship. Read the full recap of the game. (These images are by Michigan Photography; captions were sourced from
    • Aidan Hutchinson hoists trophy
    • Wolverines pile on Iowa
    • No. 7 is on the loose
    • Aidan Hutchinson
    • Player displays patch for Tate Myre
    • Harbaugh and the team celebrater
  6. Spectrum Center: 50 and Fabulous

    In 1971, U-M opened the first center for the lesbian and gay community on a college campus. With sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression as its framework, the Spectrum Center staff strives for an inclusive campus community where social justice inspires engagement and equity. (All photos courtesy of the Spectrum Center.)
    • Marching band forms the words Love Wins
    • Students sit on the lawn to hear speakers at Gay Pride
    • Students in 1987 with Gay Pride banner
    • Spectrum crew with Rainbow flag
    • Students with signs about being gay
    • Jim Toy at ribbon cutting of Spectrum Center
  7. When student becomes teacher

    U-M students create impact far beyond the classroom, working with faculty to dispatch knowledge and expertise to schoolchildren, aspiring entrepreneurs, and community leaders seeking resources and support. This is Michigan.
    • Child with cochlear implant
    • Student at Earth Camp
    • High school students engage in medical simulation
    • Women welders
    • Michigan man twirls soccer ball
  8. We’re getting the band back together!

    It's that glorious time of year when a cruise past Elbel Field delivers the ultimate Wolverine playlist. Yes, it's true. The Michigan Marching Band has taken the field once again. Enjoy these images, provided by Isabel Jasperse, digital communications manager for the MMB.
    • Michigan Marching Band equipment on the ground
    • Drumline members practice on Hoover in the afternoon
    • Happy band members practice on the field 2021
    • Carl Grapentine visits the MMB in 2021
    • Drumline outside Revelli Hall
    • Kids watch the MMB practice at Elbel Field
  9. Painting the town

    Muralists in Ann Arbor love to spoil us with an ever-changing cityscape. Everywhere you look, beauty abounds. Prepare to behold.
    • Ouizi's Coneflowers at 200 S. Ashley
    • Pat Perry Mural near Grizzly Peak
    • Back exterior of Potbelly on State and Liberty
    • Ant Alley
    • Mural at Oxford/Magellan
    • Trees at Tomukun