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Michigan Engineering Graduation Spring 2013

5/6/2013

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VIDEO: Congratulations to the graduating Class of 2013E! Here are the sights and sounds from the University of Michigan College of Engineering Spring Graduation, held May 4, 2013 in Crisler Arena.

VIDEO: Congratulations to the graduating Class of 2013E! Here are the sights and sounds from the University of Michigan College of Engineering Spring Graduation, held May 4, 2013 in Crisler Arena.

The 2013 class of Michigan Engineering graduates entered the next phase of their lives with the Commencement Ceremony held Saturday, May 4 at Crisler Arena. The ceremony included laughter, tears and applause from students, friends and family - and an unexpected twist for many from the Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering David C. Munson Jr.

"As many know, we offer alternatives to the traditional handshake here at Michigan Engineering. Fist bumps, hugs, high fives and yes, even chest bumps, are acceptable," said Munson during the ceremony.

"Just remember, I'm old. I'm very, very old," he added, laughing.

True to his word, the dean delivered dozens of chest bumps, as well as taking "selfies" (self-portraits with students via mobile devices), doing the do-si-do and even receiving a Hawain lei from one student. Students and families unaccustomed to the Dean's friendliness were ecstatic about the performance, and conversations on Twitter using the #UMCOE13 hashtag showed their surprise.

Tweeted Maruping Mangwedi ‏(@Maru_123): "The Dean of the School of Engineering at the University of Michigan, David Munson Jr, is so very cool #UMCOE13."

Students get goofy for pictures outside once the formal ceremony is over at the 2013 Michigan Engineering Spring Commencement at Crisler Arena. Photo: Joseph Xu, Michigan Engineering Communications & Marketing

Dean Munson speaks to students

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Dean Munson speaks to students and their families and friends. Michigan Engineering Commencement 2013 Crisler Arena Ann Arbor, MI 05/04/13 Photo: Joseph Xu, Michigan Engineering Communications & Marketing

Dean Munson hugs a student

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Dean Munson hugs Aerospace Engineering graduate Wandile Mtoba at the 2013 Michigan Engineering Commencement Ceremony at Crisler Arena May 4. Photo: Joseph Xu, Michigan Engineering Communications & Marketing

Students sing the Michigan fight song

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Students sing the Michigan fight song. Michigan Engineering Commencement 2013 Crisler Arena Ann Arbor, MI 05/04/13 Photo: Joseph Xu, Michigan Engineering Communications & Marketing

Students walk across the stage in Crisler Arena

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Students walk across the stage in Crisler Arena Michigan Engineering Commencement 2013 Crisler Arena Ann Arbor, MI 05/04/13 Photo: Joseph Xu, Michigan Engineering Communications & Marketing

Sita Syal delivers a speech to her fellow students

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Sita Syal, ChE BSE Graduate, delivers a speech to her fellow graduating class, families, and friends. Michigan Engineering Commencement 2013 Crisler Arena Ann Arbor, MI 05/04/13 Photo: Joseph Xu, Michigan Engineering Communications & Marketing

Students pose for pictures outside

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Students get goofy for pictures outside once the formal ceremony is over. Michigan Engineering Commencement 2013 Crisler Arena Ann Arbor, MI 05/04/13 Photo: Joseph Xu, Michigan Engineering Communications & Marketing

Students wait to walk across the stage

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Students wait to walk across the stage Michigan Engineering Commencement 2013 Crisler Arena Ann Arbor, MI 05/04/13 Photo: Joseph Xu, Michigan Engineering Communications & Marketing

Dean Munson hugs a student

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Dean Munson hugs a student. Michigan Engineerng Commencement 2013 Crisler Arena Ann Arbor, MI 05/04/13 Photo: Joseph Xu, Michigan Engineering Communications & Marketing

Environmental engineering graduate student chest bumps Dean Munson

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Kathryn Snyder, Environmental Engineering Graduate Student, chest bumps Dean Munson. Michgan Engineering Commencement 2013 Crisler Arena Ann Arbor, MI 05/04/13 Photo: Joseph Xu, Michigan Engineering Communications & Marketing

Speeches by Munson, Boeing CEO W. James McNerney, Jr. and Chemical Engineering student Sita Syal were delivered during the ceremony.

Munson's speech honored the late Michigan Engineering alumnus Leon Jaroff. Jaroff, who graduated from the U-M in 1950 and died in 2012, convinced Time Magazine to launch its science publication, Discover, in 1980. Munson related Jaroff's risk of starting the magazine, and encouraged the graduates to take their own risks in life.

"Trust yourself, be confident in your Michigan Engineering foundation, and embrace the opportunity for discovery," said Munson. "Give yourself the occasional freedom to explore unusual pursuits, perhaps for unusual reasons... When opportunity knocks, don't let it pass you by."

Syal's student speech focused on impact -- the impact others have had on her throughout her education and the impact that the students have had on others. "As Michigan Engineers we have been more than equipped with the tools to make a positive impact... Whether it's as small as one person or as large as a whole community, we have made an impact," said Syal, who served as president of the student group Better Living Using Engineering Laboratory (BLUElab), which focuses on making sustainable solutions for developing nations.

McNerney spoke about innovation, both in the Boeing Corporation and engineering in general. "Successful innovation is about meeting customers needs," said McNerney. "Innovation is never easy... But we will continue to reach and stretch... to make the world a better place."

And, he joked, "You'll never hear the world complain that America has too many engineers."

Following the speeches, the student procession began, with graduates from all departments taking the stage to receive their diploma. During the procession, chatter on Twitter burst into life, giving a nod to the University of Michigan's speaker, Twitter CEO and U-M alumnus Dick Costolo. Using the #UMCOE13 hashtag, students, families and friends congratulated each other and shared their experience.

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Graduation 2013E from the eyes of a student

5/9/2013

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Experience the commencement ceremony through the eyes of a graduating Michigan Engineering senior.

Experience the commencement ceremony through the eyes of a graduating Michigan Engineering senior.

Article topics: Graduation, Student Events, Students


About Michigan Engineering: The University of Michigan College of Engineering is one of the top engineering schools in the country. Eight academic departments are ranked in the nation's top 10 -- some twice for different programs. Its research budget is one of the largest of any public university. Its faculty and students are making a difference at the frontiers of fields as diverse as nanotechnology, sustainability, healthcare, national security and robotics. They are involved in spacecraft missions across the solar system, and have developed partnerships with automotive industry leaders to transform transportation. Its entrepreneurial culture encourages faculty and students alike to move their innovations beyond the laboratory and into the real world to benefit society. Its alumni base of nearly 70,000 spans the globe.

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