U-M leaders, alumni, notables join in pandemic-altered virtual party
Congratulatory video messages and other virtual activities replaced traditional commencement ceremonies as the University of Michigan community celebrated the Class of 2020 online amid the coronavirus pandemic.
President Mark Schlissel, former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, university deans, notable alumni and many others were part of a daylong online event May 2 that included music performances and the chance for graduates to show off their maize-and-blue pride on social media.
Schlissel said in remarks posted to his “On the Agenda” blog that the pandemic created challenges, but also sparked innovations.
As a society, we need talented individuals in all disciplines to challenge the uncertain future that the pandemic has thrust upon us. We know that life will be very different, in the near future and likely beyond. Our great faculty and staff have worked diligently to prepare you.
I hope you will take the time to cherish this moment — as you are now University of Michigan graduates — before deciding what your role will be in tackling the challenges that lie ahead.
I am ever so grateful that you, the University of Michigan Class of 2020, will rise to meet them.President Mark Schlissel