U-M celebrates Class of 2020 online

Youtube still of the marching band performing The Victors

Congratulatory video messages and other virtual activities replaced traditional spring commencement ceremonies as the U-M community celebrated the Class of 2020 online amid the coronavirus pandemic. UM-Dearborn and UM-Flint also celebrated their graduates with online activities.

President Mark Schlissel, former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, university deans, notable alumni and many others were part of a daylong online event May 2 that included music performances and the chance for graduates to show off their maize-and-blue pride on social media.

U-M created a website, commencement.umich.edu, that served as a central location for the May 2 virtual celebration. The university’s social media channels provided a wide variety of content throughout the day.

A variety of video musical tributes included members of the Michigan Marching Band and the Men’s and Women’s Glee Clubs performing “The Victors” via Zoom, and a remote performance by the glee clubs of the alma mater, “The Yellow and Blue." University officials are working with members of the Class of 2020 to organize an in-person commencement ceremony at a later date.