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University of Michigan hosting daylong virtual commencement event on Saturday

Public health students at Spring Commencement on April 26, 2018 (Photo: Meredith Bruckner)
Public health students at Spring Commencement on April 26, 2018 (Photo: Meredith Bruckner)

ANN ARBOR – University of Michigan has announced its Spring Celebration 2020 will take place on Saturday to honor the Class of 2020 on the day that would have been their commencement.

Former Vice President Al Gore was scheduled to speak at this year’s annual ceremony at Michigan Stadium.

In lieu of the cancellation of all commencement ceremonies and events due to the novel coronavirus, U-M has organized an all-day celebration online and on social media.

Graduates and their families and friends can visit the website on Saturday, which will serve as a “central hub of celebration,” featuring special performances and greetings across campus, including an address by President Mark Schlissel.

“We appreciate the work you have done to earn a University of Michigan degree, and the sacrifices made by you and your families," said Schlissel in a letter to graduates. "We recognize how great an accomplishment this is and share the goal of making a formal commencement ceremony as meaningful as possible when we are able.”

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Meredith has worked for WDIV since August 2017 and was voted one of Washtenaw County's best journalists in 2019 by eCurrent's readers. She covers the community of Ann Arbor and has a Master's degree in International Broadcast Journalism from City University London, UK.