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Commencement 2016

Commencement Schedule

Commencement Ceremony

Friday, May 6, 2016

12 noon

Hill Auditorium
825 N University Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48109


  • Business casual attire
  • Turn off cell phones
  • No disruptive talking during ceremony


Immediately following the Commencement Ceremony

Michigan Union
530 S. State St
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

The reception is on the second floor in the Ballroom.

Other information
Light refreshments will be provided.


Dean Martin Philbert

Martin Philbert became dean of the University of Michigan School of Public Health on January 1, 2011, having previously served as senior associate dean for research at the school since 2004. He arrived at UM in 1995 from Rutgers' Neurotoxicology Laboratories, where he was a research assistant professor. He has maintained a continuously federally funded portfolio of basic research activities throughout his career. Most recently his work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Air Force and the National Cancer Institute. At the national level, he is recognized for his expertise in neurotoxicology and experimental neuropathology. He is the author of numerous research publications in top peer-reviewed journals, and one book. The School of Dentistry has enjoyed a long and robust history of collaboration with the School of Public Health, to improve the oral health of the population, a key component of overall health. In Dean Philbert’s words, “The complex global challenges of our age have yielded developments in genetics, biology, communications, and the environment, which in turn have opened countless avenues for research, practice and new partnerships. We're undergoing a revolution in our understanding of areas as diverse as molecular epidemiology, nanotechnology, health care quality, the dynamics of health behavior, public health genomics, and the interrelationship of ethnicity, culture, and health. At the University of Michigan School of Public Health, these developments are a part of everyday life. For more than a century, this university has been a leader in public health scholarship, teaching, and service, and that legacy continues today. Through work on vaccines, health policy and administration, statistical genetics, chronic disease, socioeconomic disparities, global health, environmental science, and an array of other issues, the U-M SPH community has saved millions of lives. It is a profound honor and a joy to be part of such a tradition. Today's public health issues are indeed complex, and they require collaboration across campus, with community and academic partners around the world, and with both public and private decision-makers. We have much to learn about what makes us susceptible to many diseases, what we can do to promote good health and well-being, and how to manage the long-term consequences of ill health.” The School of Public Health and the School of Dentistry are working together with the other health sciences schools and colleges on Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Care, to transform the way health professional students learn and to provide them the skills needed for team-based approaches for improving the health of our patients and the public. “Together, we are creating solutions and policies to address the public health problems of our time”, states Philbert. “We are working on difficult issues, developing and sharing solutions to common dilemmas, and implementing common-sense, sustainable interventions here and abroad. We are finding new and creative ways to bring scholarly discovery to actual public health practice in the field, and we are improving the health and well-being of citizens in Michigan, the Great Lakes region, nationally and globally. Our future depends on it.”

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Tickets are not required. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. Handicapped Access: East and West side entrances of the auditorium are appropriate for guests using wheelchairs. Please refer to the Hill Auditorium Seating Chart to locate designated handicapped seating areas (boxes A-G on the main floor).

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Hotels & Dining

For information on area hotels and restaurants, visit the Ann Arbor Convention and Visitors Bureau or call 800-888-9487.

Guests who are unable to reserve hotel rooms in the Ann Arbor area may wish to look for hotel rooms in Brighton, Jackson, Plymouth, Ypsilanti, or the vicinity of Detroit Metropolitan Airport. These communities are less than one hour's drive from Ann Arbor.

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Directions, Parking & Maps

Parking will be free and open to the public beginning at 10:00 am in the Fletcher*, Palmer, and Thayer Parking Structures for School of Dentistry graduation ceremonies.

Note: The Fletcher Street Parking Structure is normally reserved for patient and employee parking. Parking is available in employee parking ONLY. Please use the entrance off Palmer Drive. If you enter the structure via the UP Ramp at the Fletcher Street entrance (patient parking) you will be charged $25.00 when you exit the structure.

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