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UMSI celebrates its largest-ever class of graduates

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The largest-ever graduating class at the 2023 spring commencement ceremony.
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Dug Song, co-founder of Duo Security, throwing the “hang-loose” sign during the 2023 University of Michigan School of Information Graduation Ceremony.
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Master of Science in Information graduate Grace Lee addresses the graduate students during the University of Michigan School of Information 2023 commencement ceremony at Crisler Center.
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Arjan Gugliani giving remarks on behalf of undergraduates for the University of Michigan School of Information graduation ceremony in 2023.
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A graduating University of Michigan School of Information student shaking hands with interim dean Elizabeth Yakel, after receiving her diploma during the 2023 graduation ceremony.
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Students celebrate after the graduation ceremony.

Wednesday, 05/10/2023

The University of Michigan School of Information celebrated its largest-ever graduating class at its 2023 spring commencement ceremony in April. More than 700 students across the school’s five programs were honored at the ceremony. 

This was the first year UMSI’s graduation was held at the Crisler Center, the home court of the University of Michigan basketball teams. As the school continues to see growth in both its residential and online programs, it has outgrown multiple smaller venues in recent years. An additional 1,000 people participated in the ceremony remotely via a YouTube live stream. 

Visit the School of Information’s 2023 graduation archive to watch the commencement ceremony and view the full photo gallery 📸

“As you step into the next phase of your journey, I urge you to continue to embody the core values of the School of Information: curiosity, collaboration and a commitment to justice and social good,” said Elizabeth Yakel, the interim dean at UMSI. “Embrace challenges as opportunities for growth, be lifelong learners, and use your skills to contribute to the greater good of society.”

Dug Song, co-founder and former CEO of Duo Security, also stressed the importance of making a positive impact on society. In his commencement speech, he urged graduates to “be kinder than necessary,” and reminded them that they have “a moral responsibility” to use technology for social good.

“Technology can fundamentally drive human progress when applied with values and purpose,” Song said. “UMSI gives students the unique perspective and the tools they need to solve complex problems at the intersection of people and technology, and I look forward to their success and positive impact.” 

Professor Lionel Robert, Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Faculty Affairs, presented distinguished student awards to graduates Beatriz Cabrera (Master of Applied Data Science), Shannon Li (Master of Science in Information), Chue Lor (Master of Science in Information), Josh Horowitz (Master of Science in Information) and Jia-Tong Choo (Bachelor of Science in Information). 

Master of Science in Information graduate Grace Ting-Ann Lee offered remarks on behalf of graduate students, and Bachelor of Science in Information graduate Arjan Guglani spoke on behalf of undergraduate students. 

UMSI is going through an unprecedented period of growth, Guglani said, citing new faculty, expanding programs, and ongoing construction of the Leinweber Computer Science and Information Building (UMSI’s future home on North Campus). With this growth comes an opportunity to define and share what UMSI is known as: a school composed of ordinary people doing extraordinary things.

Said Guglani, UMSI scholars are “a group of people defined not only by their capabilities but just how easy and fun they are to work with — change agents making products around the world easier to use and decisions about climate, the economy, and the future of work easier to make.”

Graduates and guests commemorated the day with photos outside of the Crisler Center following the commencement ceremony, and they continued celebrating at a reception hosted by the School of Information in the evening at Ingalls Mall. 

Martha Spall, UMSI writer