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Congratulations to the ChE class of 2020!

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Due to COVID-19 protective measures, longstanding graduation traditions like commencement and our annual Senior Banquet moved online. Even though we were unable to celebrate in the same physical space this year, our faculty and alumni shared messages of encouragement and advice for our Class of 2020 graduates and newest Michigan Chemical Engineering Alumni.

Watch ChE faculty congratulate the Class of 2020:

Watch ChE Alumni share advice:


A note from Dr. Susan Montgomery, Chief Undergraduate Program Advisor, about this year’s plans for honoring ChE graduating students:

“As we celebrate the graduation of our winter and summer 2020 ChE graduating class, we wanted them to experience as much as possible of what recent classes have experienced, so we set out to recreate our typical send-off activities.

We  compiled the senior reception video, with photos we have taken of them through the years at AIChE’s Night with Industry, ChE 230 and ChE 342 poster sessions, organization events, performances, and December’s Design Expo and shared it with them. We also sent them PDFs of their individualized graduation card they would have gotten at the reception, and will send them their actual card and alumni pen when Governor Whitmer lifts the Stay Home/Stay Safe order.

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IMAGE:  Card for ChE Graduates

The cards touched many students, responding with words of appreciation such as ‘I wasn’t expecting a graduation card like this and it made me pretty emotional, especially seeing my classmates’ names alongside mine since we can’t be on a stage graduating together.’

On Friday, May 1, when we would have gathered the night before graduation for our senior dinner, typically attended by over 300 people, including about 80 students and families, faculty and staff, we will host a Virtual Senior Celebration. At this event we plan to have the same words of advice from faculty, performances or talks by students, and brief individual recognition of students.  In addition, we will show a Send-Off video, specifically designed with video recorded remarks from students from graduating class. Later we will order their alumni gifts, either a glass or a camping mug with their class year on it, and send it to them.”

On May 2, the day Michigan’s Commencement was scheduled, Rich Lesser (BSE ’83), CEO of Boston Consulting Group (BCG), will address graduating seniors at 12 noon. Although his talk is will go out to other graduates across the country, he plans to reference his alma mater.


College of Engineering Send-Off Week

April 21-May 1

The College will be sharing tips and inspiration from alumni and faculty, remarks by Alec Gallimore, Dean of the College of Engineering, and a compilation of student video snippets during this period . They will gather a variety of social posts with the hashtag #UmichEngin20 on Tagboard, a website that brings together a variety of social posts. The goal is to connect with graduates as their Michigan experience ends, even though they are not on campus.

Alumni: Please share your advice with our graduates at #UmichEngin20
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University of Michigan Commencement Plans

All details are at

The University has already sent messages to graduates that include links to known planned events and activities, and other ongoing efforts to celebrate graduates.

They will offer a full day of online activities for graduates and the University community on May 2. Plans now are for President Schlissel, deans, students, and other University officials to speak. The Alumni Association will present a video to congratulate the new alumni and, finally, the Michigan Marching Band will perform ‘The Victors’ to honor the graduates.

Graduation scene
ChE Graduation Card
Portrait of Sandy Swisher


Sandy Swisher
Communications & Alumni Relations Coordinator

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