University leaders are sharing messages of celebration with the Class of 2020. Check out words of wisdom and good wishes from these leaders below. 

Congratulations 2020 University of Michigan-Flint Graduates!

Graduating from college, earning a bachelor's degree, or earning a Graduate degree are tremendous accomplishments at any time.

In your case, you have had to run the last lap of this long race with a COVID-19 pandemic piano on your back. You have persevered through these trying times that have required significant adaptation, adjustments, and I suspect, sacrifices, on your part. I admire your determination. 

I also want to remind you that the people of our community, the students of the University of Michigan-Flint, and you have persevered through difficult times before and you can and will succeed again. COVID-19 will pass and, with your strong positive attitude, the skills and abilities you have brought to the table and enhanced in this place, and commitment and connections to family and friends, you have a bright future.

Commencement refers to beginning. While this Commencement will be quite different from any other, your graduation that goes with it, signifies the beginning of your future.

Best wishes as you pursue that future and best wishes for good health to you and your family in the coming days.




Keith Moreland

Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Professor of Accounting 

Dear UM-Flint Graduates, 

Congratulations on earning your degrees and reaching this milestone despite the challenges in the world today. In these circumstances, we are all growing more resilient and creative by the day. I hope you can find a way to mark this moment and celebrate your achievements with important people in your lives. Know that we are all right there with you celebrating the growth you made during your time at the University of Michigan-Flint. Be the change you want to see in the world, we know you will go on to great things! 


Go Blue! 


Shelby Newport

Associate Provost & Dean of Undergraduate Studies

Associate Professor of Theatre

Dear CAS Graduates, 

Congratulations! Earning your degree is an amazing accomplishment under any circumstances, but you deserve special recognition for the dedication you’ve displayed in completing your studies during such an unprecedented semester. The College of Arts & Sciences will dearly miss students like you, who have demonstrated such character and commitment to learning during this historic event. 

Now is a time to look forward to the next chapter in your life. Whether you plan on entering the workforce, embarking on volunteer experiences, or continuing your education, the path you’ll take after leaving UM-Flint is undoubtedly complicated by our current circumstances. However, I know that you leave our classrooms with the tools to succeed, thanks to your education in the arts and sciences:

  • Use your skills in critical thinking to arrive at solutions despite an overwhelming amount of complex and oftentimes competing information.
  • Rely on your communication abilities to illustrate your experiences, passions, and ideas to others. 
  • Utilize your creativity finding new ways to achieve your goals, or even to set goals we have yet to imagine. 
  • And use your learning in ethics and justice as a foundation for it all, maintaining a commitment to honesty and fairness as you progress through life. 

We feel so enormously grateful to have counted you among our students. Thank you for the opportunity to learn and grow together as you worked toward this accomplishment of graduation. Please stay in touch—we will be delighted to share in your successes. 

Welcome to the College of Arts & Sciences (and UM-Flint) alumni family, and as always, GO BLUE!


Susan Gano-Phillips

Dean, College of Arts & Sciences at UM-Flint

Dear SOM 2020 Graduates,

This is a time to celebrate the tremendous accomplishment of completing your degree.  Congratulations! Your family and friends are proud of you. I am proud of you. You learned to be resilient and to persevere which will serve you well in the coming months and years.  I urge you to stay focused on your goals and know the global pandemic will pass. It is now your time to take the lead, to recognize your unique talents and put them to good use. As wise people have often said, investing in yourself is the best investment.  Keep learning and building your skill set. Best wishes and Go Blue! 


Scott D. Johnson, Ph.D.

Dean, School of Management

Dear CHS 2020 Graduates,

You are graduating and entering health fields as public health professionals, health care administrators, and health care providers in an unprecedented time. With COVID-19 it is abundantly clear how delicate the balance of life is and how each of you in your chosen profession can contribute to providing health and safety to individuals and to the greater public. You have chosen fields that truly make a difference in people’s lives. I and the faculty and staff who provided your education and supported you through your studies wish you health, happiness, and success in your chosen careers.


Donna Fry, PT, PhD, CHC


College of Health Sciences

Dear Students:

On behalf of the faculty and staff of the School of Education and Human Services, I wish you a very hearty congratulations on earning your degree from the University of Michigan-Flint. You have worked so hard for so long to achieve your goals and now we celebrate you for all of your accomplishments, for all that you sacrificed to get here, and most of all we celebrate you as a graduate of UM-Flint. 

Many family and friends will celebrate this life-changing milestone with you as well.  So, bask in the glory of all of the celebrations, but also remember to celebrate yourself because you have earned it. And as you begin a new journey, engaging with and changing the world, remember that you will always have a home with us at UM-Flint. 

Congratulations and Go Blue! 


Robert W. Barnett

Dean, School of Education and Human Services