UMSI Graduate Recognition Ceremony
Power Center, 121 Fletcher St., Ann Arbor
The Graduate Recognition Ceremony celebrates the achievements of the bachelor's, master's and doctoral students graduating from the University of Michigan School of Information.
This year's commencement speaker is Lauren Woodman, CEO of NetHope, a consortium of 50-plus global nonprofits that empowers committed organizations to change the world through the power of technology. NetHope and its members unite with technology corporations and funding partners to design, fund, apply, adapt and scale technology-based solutions to some of the world’s most intractable problems in development, humanitarian response and conservation. NetHope harnesses technology to transform how nonprofit organizations operate and deliver aid to advance their missions. In the process, NetHope builds a platform of hope for everyone.
Woodman's career has been defined by the intersection of technology, development and policy. Prior to assuming the leadership role at NetHope in 2014, she held a variety of high-level positions, including managing Microsoft Corporation’s global education and government programs for more than a decade, serving as an executive at the Software and Information Industry Association, and shaping policy at the United Nations. She holds a master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a bachelor’s degree from Smith College.