Graduate Recognition Ceremony

Fri, 04/27/2018 - 3:00pm

Power Center for the Performing Arts, 121 Fletcher, Ann Arbor, MI


The ceremony will be streamed live on Facebook, starting at 3:00 pm on Friday, April 27. A Facebook account is not necessary to view the event.


The graduates of the BSI, MSI, MHI and PhD program will be recognized in a graduation ceremony.

The commencement speaker will be Garlin Gilchrist II, the executive director of the newly established Center for Social Media Responsibility at the U-M School of Information. He most recently served as Director of Innovation & Emerging Technology for the city government in his hometown, Detroit. Gilchrist II is determined to use technology and civil outreach to change cities and lives. Previously, he was the director of the Center for Community Change in Washington, D.C., and worked for the campaign of former President Barack Obama. He was formerly the director of Innovation & Emerging Technology for the city of Detroit. He was co-founder and advisor of tinyGive, which enables people to quickly donate to nonprofits via Twitter. A member of the board of directors of Voqal, a Colorado-based technology platform for nonprofits, he advises on new media strategies to improve civic engagement and educational opportunities. Gilchrist ran for Detroit City Clerk in 2017.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Michigan in 2005, graduating with honors. "Own your engineering mindset and have the confidence to apply that approach to a wide array of problems. The world needs as many problem solvers as possible. It needs us to think about solving problems in a way that can be helpful and beneficial to people across the world."

Following the ceremony, graduates and their families are invited to a private reception on Ingalls Mall.