From Kevin’s Desk: Congratulations class of 2019! (5/10/19)

Dear Colleagues:

Happy Friday!

On Saturday we congratulated the class of 2019 at Spring Commencement. Governor Gretchen Whitmer asked our newest alums how they’ll shape the future of the nation and the world. Both she and President Schlissel challenged our graduates to create lasting change by finding common ground and working through differences – in Governor Whitmer’s words, “to know we can improve the world when we fight injustice, intolerance and indifference, but not when we fight each other.” I hope you take as much pride as I do in our students’ success, which wouldn’t be possible without everything you do to Make Blue Go. Check out inspiring commencement photos here or under the hashtag #MGoGrad on social media. And thanks to everyone across B&F who contributed to making this year’s graduation events so memorable for our students and their families!

We all notice a change in traffic patterns when the students depart for the summer. What better time for Ann Arbor’s Commuter Challenge, co-sponsored by Logistics, Transportation & Parking? This initiative encourages using alternative modes of transportation to get to work throughout the month of May – a bus, a carpool, a bike, or your own two feet! You can win prizes by signing up and logging your commute on the Commuter Challenge website. Even better, you can explore ways to cut down on the number of single occupant vehicles on the road, a key strategy to reduce carbon emissions. I encourage you to give it a try this month – even just one day a week adds up to a big difference over time.

With much appreciation and gratitude,


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