2018 Kinesiology Commencement

– Welcome to the 2018 School of Kinesiology
Commencement Ceremony. I’m Tom Templin,
Associate Dean for Faculty and Undergraduate Affairs, and I have the privilege
of being your host today. Before we begin the program, as a courtesy to others, please take a moment to
silence your cell phones so we can enjoy the
celebration uninterrupted. I would also like to remind guests to please remain in your seats during the awarding of degrees. Thank you. What an incredible day it is. A beautiful spring day in this
magnificent Hill auditorium full of happy, energetic,
and proud graduates surrounded by their families, friends, our faculty and staff who are here to celebrate your success. We are so excited to have a very, very special commencement
speaker, Janet Marie Smith, Vice President of Los Angeles Dodgers, who has a distinguished
career in the sport industry. Janet, welcome.
(audience clapping) And, I am proud to say that we will be led in song today by two of our very own
students in Kinesiology. Maddison Rotner, from Malibu, California, and Jeffrey Walker,
from Brighton, Michigan, will provide their musical talent. I am sure you will be quite impressed by these two wonderful singers. And, as we enjoy this
beautiful auditorium, we are directly across from the Kraus Building, the site of our school’s new home in 2020. This will be a ceremony filled with hugs, smiles, laughter and tears, and reminders of how far you have come since your first days on campus. You’ve had research
opportunities, internships, study abroad, clinical
rotations, group assignments, and other intellectually
challenging projects that have added to your
academic portfolio. You have enjoyed great social, cultural, and athletic events, including Michigan’s recent
final four adventures in men’s basketball and hockey. (audience clapping) And probably most importantly, you have made friendships
that will last for a lifetime. This afternoon is about
bittersweet endings and exciting new beginnings. You have distinguished
yourselves in a population of high-achieving students who have worked hard and
accomplished a great deal. Today’s events will leave you with many wonderful memories of a celebration shared
with family, friends, faculty and staff of the
School of Kinesiology. We all know that it’s a team effort to make it to graduation today. Graduates, please acknowledge
your family, friends, faculty and staff a round of applause. (audience clapping) Thank you, you may sit. Our celebration will move along quickly and at the conclusion of the ceremony, the platform party and graduates
will depart immediately to the second floor of
the Michigan League, just across the plaza, where there will be plenty of photo opportunities and refreshments. There’ll be more on this later. And now, please welcome and
rise as Maddison Rotner, our graduating Health and Fitness student, sings our National Anthem. Gentlemen, please remove
your hats and mortar boards. Please rise. ♪ Oh say can you see ♪ ♪ By the dawn’s early light ♪ ♪ What so proudly we hailed ♪ ♪ At the twilight’s last gleaming ♪ ♪ Whose broad stripes and bright stars ♪ ♪ Through the perilous fight ♪ ♪ O’er the ramparts we watched ♪ ♪ Were so gallantly streaming ♪ ♪ And the rocket’s red glare ♪ ♪ The bombs bursting in air ♪ ♪ Gave proof through the night ♪ ♪ That our flag was still there ♪ ♪ Oh, say does that star-spangled ♪ ♪ Banner yet wave ♪ ♪ O’er the land of the free ♪ ♪ And the home of the brave ♪ (audience clapping) – Thank you, Maddison. It won’t surprise you that Maddison is headed to New York City to try her hand at Broadway. So, best wishes. (audience clapping) It is now my pleasure to introduce Dean Lori Ploutz-Snyder, the Dean of the School of Kinesiology. Dr. Ploutz-Snyder became the leader of our school in July 2016 after her very successful tenure as a professor and department
head at Syracuse University, followed by a distinguished
career as a lead scientist in exercise physiology at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston. Dean Ploutz-Snyder, on
behalf of our faculty, staff, and students, I thank you for your leadership
over the past two years. Please welcome, Dean Lori Ploutz-Snyder. (audience clapping) – As the Dean of the
School of Kinesiology, it is really a great pleasure for me to welcome you to this
wonderful celebration of our 2018 graduates. I’d also like to take a moment to acknowledge our amazing faculty. Faculty, please stand. Let’s give them a round of applause. (audience clapping) You may sit down. It’s really an exciting
time to be in kinesiology. According to the publication
Inside Higher Education, over the past decade the number of undergraduates
in Kinesiology programs across the United States
has increased by 50%. This is reflected here in an
increased application rate for all of our programs. We have received the largest number of freshman applications to date, for this coming up fall. And it’s getting more and more difficult and more competitive to be admitted. Fewer than 20% of our applicants will be accepted for the
coming fall semester. One of the reasons the
demand to enter kinesiology is increasing is because the opportunities after you graduate. The opportunities in Athletic Training, Health and Fitness, Movement Science, and Sport Management are rapidly growing. Michigan Kinesiology graduates, in all of our majors
and all of our degrees, are valued, sought-after, and respected. All of us here this afternoon know that Michigan Kinesiology students are energetic and effective leaders. We’ve seen that. They participate in organizations such as Michigan Health Aid, the Sport Business Association, the Organization for
Athletic Training Students, the Michigan Sport Business Conference, Phi Epsilon Kappa, Student Government, Exercise is Medicine, and many others. They have won a host of
awards from our school, from the university, and even
from national organizations. Many of our students are
international travelers, gaining significant global experience to enrich their education. They volunteer as teaching assistants in a wide range of Kinesiology classes. They conduct research
in labs across campus, publish in scholarly
professional journals, and have written for the Michigan Daily or M-Go-Blue.com. Our students have worked
on and off campus, competed on athletic and academic teams, excelled in independent
study opportunities, interned with sports organizations, companies, hospitals,
clinics, and schools. They are active, motivated, and very busy. The students of the class of 2018 leave Kinesiology with strong optimism as they begin the next
phase of their lives. Many of today’s Movement Science graduates are going on to medical school or programs in physical therapy, physician assistant, or public health. Others will begin careers as health care workers or researchers. 11 of our Movement Science graduates will enter the exciting new world of intraoperative neuromonitoring. (audience clapping)
(chuckles) But wait, wait, there’s more. Our Athletic Trainers will
take their conditioning and healing skills to the
sidelines of high schools, college, or professional sports teams. Many will begin graduate studies in areas like physical
therapy, biomechanics, and sport science. Graduate school is also the next step for many of our Health and Fitness majors. Others will work as health educators, community and corporate
wellness providers, and athletic performance trainers, using their knowledge to build a healthier community,
workplace, and world. A large percentage of our
Sport Management graduates will begin climbing the
ladder at sports franchises, media companies, and other
corporate organizations. Others will continue with
post-graduate studies in business, sport
administration, and law. I know that each of you,
graduates and your families, are as proud of your
accomplishments at Michigan, as we, your faculty mentors
and advisors, are of you. As you take the next steps in your life, carry our sincere congratulations and our best wishes with you. It is especially fitting that
such a great graduating class get to benefit from the wisdom of our exceptionally accomplished
commencement speaker, Ms. Janet Marie Smith. She is a renowned architect
and urban planner, Ms. Smith is currently
Senior Vice President of Planning and Development
at the Los Angeles Dodgers. She also contributes her time and talent to our school’s Sport
Management Advisory Board. Ms. Smith holds a bachelor’s
degree in architecture from Mississippi State University and a master’s degree in urban planning from the City College of New York. She is probably best known
in the baseball world for her work on the influential
Oriole Park at Camden Yards under the leadership of Orioles President and CEO, Larry Lucchino. Ms. Smith worked for the
Orioles from 1989 to 1994 as Vice President of
Planning and Development during the design and
construction of the park. Opening in 1992, Camden
Yards immediately became the standard-bearer for a new wave of traditional baseball parks that have been built in subsequent years. Ms. Smith played an
instrumental role in the design of the ballpark, creating
a unique, state-of-the-art facility that beautifully
blends with the urban context of downtown Baltimore
while taking inspiration from baseball parks built
in the early 20th century. Please help me welcome Janet Marie Smith. (audience clapping) – Thank you very much. Working in baseball I’ve
heard the national anthem sung literally thousands of times, but that was amazing,
that was really amazing. I can’t tell you what an honor and an intimidating invitation it is to be asked to speak at your graduation. I’m sure you’ve mentally
given me two options, either be inspirational or be short. (audience laughing) I think I can do short but
I’m gonna try for both. I’ve been in awe of this campus and particularly the
caliber that students, ever since Dr. Mark
Rosentribe first introduced me to the University of
Michigan almost 10 years ago. I thank you profusely for that. I’ve learned not only
to spell kinesiology, but I’ve come to understand it is one of the most interesting of
the Applied Science fields, and your sports management program is one of the most
respected in this country. (audience clapping) I know you have many
choices for speech speakers for this commencement ceremony and I’m really humbled
to be asked to be here. I wish I was in the same league
as someone like Steve Jobs and I could provide short, concise advice. While everyone wanted to
hear his secret of success with Apple, his commencement
speech instructions were this, “Always wear sunscreen.” It’s a reminder that we’re all the same no matter how society
measures our accomplishments. Conrad Hilton had a similar
approach to dispensing advice. he famously said, after a
lifetime of working in hotels, he only knew one thing for certain. The shower curtain goes on
the inside of the bathtub. Both remarks by these accomplished CEOs are reminders that no one
has a lock on success, and no one has a crystal
ball in the future either. Every experience will change us. Last fall my son Jack was about to start college as a freshman, and I was about to teach a
college studio in architecture for the first time in my life. My family chided me about
taking this class on without giving up any
work responsibilities, and my response was it
was only for one semester, Anybody can do something for
one semester, I mused aloud. Jack processed this
comment and he responded, “Yes it’s just one semester but I’ll be “a totally different
person by the end of it.” That’s true on the eve of college, and it’s true on the
eve of your graduation. The experiences that you are about to have will change your life. It’s our job to make sure
that it’s for the better. I’m well aware that I
was asked to speak to you because I work for the
Los Angeles Dodgers, but as a graduate of the
Mississippi State School of Architecture, I can tell you that as cool as that job sounds, it was not even remotely
on my radar screen. I went to architecture school because I didn’t want to practice, but I didn’t want to practice
as a traditional architect. I grew up loving cities kind of the way other people grow up loving dogs. I love the built environment and I wanted to do something that would put me squarely in the
middle of a city scene. I was not an A student. I was a B student on a good day. I participated enthusiastically in every extracurricular
opportunity that came along, from campus politics, to
national architecture forums. I planned into the semester parties, school sanctioned and otherwise, and all those experiences help me as a professional every bit as much as what I learned in the classroom. I moved to New York City before the school ever handed out diplomas. I found a position
doing project management for a big urban development at the tip of Manhattan,
Battery Park City. It was a really lucky point in time. The project had drifted for decades, but it kicked into high gear
the year I started to work. I took in everything
I could from that job, from every colleague, every consultant, every developer, and the city itself, and while I was there I got a master’s degree in urban planning which gave some mental order to the information that I had absorbed. My subject in school was a
case study for Baltimore, and even though I’d only
visited the city a few times I felt I understood their
attempt to reinvent themselves by building attractions like the aquarium and the Science Center
to bring people downtown. Five years later while
working in Los Angeles in a dead-end job and
looking for an excuse to get back to the East Coast, I learned that Baltimore
was going to build a new baseball park in downtown. By then I had decided I
didn’t really like jobs, I liked projects, and this
one sounded just right for me. The baseball fan in me hated
to see the Baltimore Orioles leave their beloved Memorial Stadium, but the idea that you
could reinvigorate a city by scripting there million
fans a year into downtown was a really powerful planning idea. I wrote a letter to Larry Lucchino, the president and CEO the Orioles, and 60 days later I was on the payroll of a Major League Baseball team. For sure I came in through the back door and 25 years later I still feel like the black sheep in sports, armed as I am with architecture
and planning degrees. Larry told me years later that had I had experience in sports
he would not have hired me. He wanted to reinvent the
definition of a ballpark and he didn’t want someone in charge who would work by the industry norm. Since I wasn’t in the industry, I didn’t even know what the norm was. I took in everything
I’d learned in New York about building contextual buildings and growing a city and married that with his vision to construct a quote old-fashioned ballpark
with modern amenities and I found myself on the forefront of what became a national movement to return major league
sports to center cities. I’m not alone in following
a maze rather than a path into work that I love. I’m a firm believer in the adage don’t wait for an
opportunity just create it. My sidekick at the Red
Sox during the years we were renovating Fenway Park was a drama and theater major. Now he’s head of Major League Baseball’s Ballpark Operations and Sustainability. My summer intern during that time was an MIT physics major, but now she’s Vice
President of Real Estate for the San Francisco Giants. Of the four of us in the planning
department at the Dodgers, one has a degree in
sociology and humanities, another was plucked out
of the Scouting Department who had gone on a lark after
working in an engineering firm. And my favorite story our, current intern, who found the post for this particular job while looking for a
concessionaire position to bring in extra cash during the summer. The fact that she has served
as campus vice president of the National Society of Black Engineers at her college was a dead giveaway that she had leadership skills even if she didn’t yet have a diploma. So don’t think any of this is serendipity. Some of the best talent in the workplace comes from professionals
who cost over careers. Otherwise you’re just
recycling the same ideas. So don’t worry about whether
your path is logical, your value is in what you bring to the job not the trajectory you took. Gabe Kapler, who was a
57th round draft pick by the Detroit Tigers, and now manager of the
Philadelphia Phillies, was Director of Player
Personnel for the Dodgers a few years ago during the
time that I’ve been there. When Gabe took the job with us I told him we’d sorted out some beautiful
photos of Dodger greats, and if he wanted any of
those hanging on his wall we’d send them to his office. His reply, “I see baseball
everyday all day long, “I need something more for inspiration.” And that’s how it came
to be that in his office at Citizens Bank Park hang photos of Martin Luther King Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Simon Bolivar, Albert Einstein, Muhammad
Ali, and Jackie Robinson. These are people who never gave up, for whom success was equated
with challenging work, daily pursuits in the face of adversity, and whose life goals eclipsed the ordinary and the predictable. In their own way they were each true to Einstein’s challenge, try not to be a man of success rather become a man of value. People of value find a way to
contribute wherever they can. When we were working on
Oriole Park at Camden Yards the first baseball-only park
to open in an urban setting in over 70 years, we saw
input from many sources but we tried to filter it so the design would be coherent and hold together. Maryland Governor William Donald Schaefer insisted that the ball park be downtown, and Orioles President advocated
for a traditional ball park. But it was a fan who suggested elevating the bullpens for pitchers beyond the outfield fence, so that all fans could
see who was warming up for either team. And without Frank
Robinson, then our manager, the only player to ever
win MVP in both leagues, and the first african-american
manager in baseball, well, Oriole Park at Camden Yards could have just been another sport venue. Frank understood
firsthand what it was like to play in the quirky, asymmetrical fields of the older parks,
how their configuration could favor hitters over pitchers, how to mitigate that architecturally so that the park played fairly to both and how the fans being close to the action played to the home-field advantage. He could speak from experience what a difference it made to play in the earlier ballparks, like Crosley Field in Cincinnati, or Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, and how that differed from
the multi-purpose parks of the time, yet because of his more notable athletic
achievements in uniform, Frank’s place in the lore
of baseball park design in the last quarter of the
century are seldom noted, but he is a hero in that regard and a reminder that you never know where your best advice will come from. Surrounded by some of the best
professionals in the industry was no substitute for the insights of the one person in our midst who’d actually played in these older parks we admired as models. You’ve worked hard to get this degree, but don’t ever stop working hard to do something good with it. Thank those around you who
support you and who love you, you’re going to need them again. Give back to others everywhere you can and the reflection of that goodwill will ripple out well beyond the moment. You can do anything with this degree. This degree is a confirmation
of your ability to learn and your ability to succeed. It’s a validation of your
determination and values, it is proof that you have goals and you know how to reach them. It’s a testament that you care and that others care for you. Use this degree wisely, and have fun. That will be a winning combination. Go Blue. (audience clapping) – And now you know why
Camden Yards is so beautiful. Thank you, Janet, for your thoughtful, and inspirational remarks. And yes, I think it was
just to the perfect length. Our program continues with
our first student speaker, Yuemei Lu, who is receiving
her Masters degree in Movement Science. Congratulations, Yuemei! (audience clapping) – Good evening, everyone. This is my pleasure to welcome families, friends, faculties, and Class of 2018. Thank you so much for being here to celebrate this exciting moment with us. And I like also, to thank
Ms. Janet Marie Smith for joining us tonight. My name is Yuemei, a second year Masters student in Movement Science. And actually, this is my second time to be the student speaker. And last time was in the preschool, so 18 years later, I am so excited to stand here today to share my experience in these two years at the
University of Michigan. And I believe, for all of
our graduating students who are sitting here today, the time we’ve spent in Michigan will be one of the most
precious memory in your lives. I still remember the day
when I came to the campus, it was the first time
for me to study abroad. I brought my camera and
took photos everywhere, especially the Kinesiology building. Besides excitement, I admitted that I feel really nervous in
a new language environment and a different education system. I believe people who are starting
in unfamiliar environment would have the same concern. I thought it would be
a huge barrier for me, as an international student, because I have a different language, cultural, and a mentality. But I changed my mind when
I had my first group project in the course Motor Learning. Dr. Meihan assigned us
into different groups based on our interests, and my group’s topic was
to design an intervention to enhance the motor abilities of children with cerebral palsy. Our team members consisted of Dominic from Australia, Jenna Lee from Canada, Matt Ling from America, and me, from China. I thought our team might
have more difficulties than others teams because we
come from different countries with different backgrounds. But you know what? We had a wonderful discussion
at our first meeting. We called our group
Super International Team. We combined lots of elements based on our individual experience into this intervention. Like Tai chi, which is a popular traditional Chinese fitness exercise, and yoga, because Matt
Ling is really good at it, and robotics, then virtually reality. Those are what Dominic and
Jenna Lee are interested in. We were proud of this
intervention we have designed, and we hope it could be effective to facilitate the motor skills of children with cerebral palsy. In addition, it was
amazing to work in a group with students from such diverse
background and experiences. Human development depends upon diversity. People with different backgrounds, experiences, and goals makes this world more beautiful. Throughout the 200 years history, diversity, equity, and inclusion have been intertwined in the fabric of the University of Michigan. I am so proud that I’m different, and so proud to have experienced the diversity of faculty, staff, and students here in Kinesiology. That has greatly enhanced my time here. So, for many reasons, it is great to be a Michigan Wolverine. The University of Michigan has helped me to grow in a variety of ways as an academic, a
professional, and a person. And I’m sure this is true for all my fellow graduating
students here tonight. Through rigorous coursework, and exposure to all the
resources and opportunities UM provides, we were all able to discover
what we are passionate about, and figure out who were are. Whether we’ve been studying
at Michigan for two years, four years, or more, the support given by our faculty in Athletic Training, Health and Fitness, Movement Science, and Sports Management have provided us with
numerous opportunities to try new things and
discover our passions. For me, it’s been
experiencing my practicum in another preschool and family center to be a teaching assistant
in autism classroom. And participating in
research was my advisor, Professor Ulrich, to assess student’s motor skills and attending the Juno Club to discuss interesting topics on our lab. All this experience lead me to realize what I’m interested in, and what I want to do in the future. That is help more children, with and without disability, to live healthier and happier lives. As we celebrate tonight, I know I speak for all my
fellow graduating students, that we are thankful for
the abundant resources the School of Kinesiology
at Michigan provided us. And we are thankful for the support of our school’s faculty,
staff, and amazing students in preparing us to carry our passions into the next chapters of our lives. Today, marks an important
day in our lives, and also it is the beginning
of the next journey. Will all my best wishes, I hope everyone can start a new, wonderful chapter in your life story. And the last, I want to
thank my mom and my fiance for traveling from China
to support me today. (audience clapping)
Thank you. I love you!
(audience clapping) And also, a huge thank you
to all my amazing family, friends, and teachers
for being in my life. Of course, a huge thank you to all of you for listening today and I really appreciate it. To the School of Kinesiology
graduating class of 2018, congratulations and Go Blue! (audience clapping) And next, I’d like to introduce our undergraduate student speaker, Marion Philippe. (audience clapping) – Thank you, Yuemei. Good evening. Welcome to all the families and friends joining us this evening, and hello fellow 2018 graduates. My name is Marion Philippe
and I am graduating with a degree in Movement Science. The second semester of sophomore year I decided to volunteer abroad, specifically to reconstruct
schools in Nepal. I come from a home of chemists, so when I first stepped into a work site construction was as foreign
to me as the country of Nepal. With the other volunteers, we were first tasked to each
dig a four by four foot hole with a simple makeshift pickax. Although a pickax can be considered one of the simplest tools known to man that tool and I were like oil and water. Not knowing what I was doing, I looked like a delicate swan not belonging on the muddy field, barely making a dent in the ground wondering how it would finish this hole within the week. After a little training and mockery from the other volunteers, and a few broken pickaxes later, a hole started to form. Waking up the next day, I was able to feel firsthand the muscles we learn about in anatomy (audience laughing) because I was sore but ready for more. Because it had rained the previous night and we had not covered our work, walking on the construction
site the next morning the holes were gone. Covered with piles of mud and rocks that had been deposited
with the rainstorm. To be frank, the covered holes combined with my soreness made me question the reasons
for coming in the first place. Despite the disappointment and frustration of having to restart from square one, other volunteers were making
jokes about the situation and we kept on digging while
children began to watch us, even helping out. This was one of those eureka moments where a revelation formed because that was the instant
when everything clicked. Although my six weeks in Nepal were the best thing to happen to me they were also challenging. Without electricity for
a majority of the days, and the little communication with home, I came to appreciate the relationships with my host family and the
community at the work site. Enabling me to create my
own definition of success. I realized I came to Nepal to work and make an impact. However I also began to understand that it was not just about being defined by the physical work one could do, but about building upon the
emotional side of myself and allowing people to
make an impact on my life. I share this story with you tonight in the hopes to make us all realize that our achievements may not come in the form of medals, awards, or money, but they manifest themselves
in the satisfaction of relationships and the
ability to seek our passions and interests in full force. I also share this story with you because Michigan is like
those four by four foot holes turned into a foundation. Taking our first steps on campus we felt like a small fish in a big pond, wondering what our
experiences would be like and who we would turn
out to be in four years. Even if we do not like to admit it we all got lost trying to find the Physiology 201 lecture hall in the Medical School, and second-guess ourselves while climbing the OBL stairs which felt
like hiking up Mt. Everest. We came here to get an education, but probably did not grasp, and maybe still do not totally grasp, the deep relationships we have built during our years on campus. There are times when we question ourselves and our college experience, such as the first week of the semester, first, second, and third midterm season, not to mention final season. We all thought about running away at least once in a semester but realized we would not get far in our moon boots and snow suits. With the guidance of professors however, we started hacking away
and learning the tools needed for classes, occasionally finding the
perfect opportunity and rhythm. We were taught to make
mistakes, but to bounce back. Like the holes that had to be dug twice, and similar to receiving
my subpar motor control and biomechanics exam grades. They say moms find out everything so why not confess to mine in
front of a few hundred people? Simply, we started building our own lives and started finding our support, our foundation, and our
definitions of success within OBL, CCRB, and the Diag. Like my memories abroad,
our experiences at Michigan and most importantly our education will never be taken away from us. Whether becoming a doctor,
a business manager, an agent, a lawyer, an athletic trainer, a nutritionist, or a career
we have not yet discovered is our next destination, whether we relocate to the West Coast, stay right here in this state
to brave another winter, or move to another country, we will have Michigan. It started with our work and perseverance, the support of our families, and the dedication of the professor’s. Michigan taught us the olfactory pathway, the finances behind athletic teams, and how to sprint the 400 meter dash when we did not hear the alarm clock for our beloved 8:00 AMs. But it also trained us to be bold. Today we live in a world where injustices and justices become blurred. We are now dealt with the
problems from the past that cannot be put off anymore. It is our job to fine-tune our decisions and to settle for action
and not just words. Leaders do not accept anything
less than a challenge, as such, lead to advance the world not simply for our gains, but to leave it a better place for the next generation to come which we will have a hand in creating. On another note, Ralph
Waldo Emerson once said cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you and to give thanks continuously, and because all things have
contributed to your advancement you should include all
things in gratitude. Therefore before I conclude, I would like to think
of few groups of people. First and foremost,
thank you to my family, and especially to my mom and my sister because none of this would
have been possible without you. You are my everything and I love you. Thank you to the professors,
assistant professors, lecturers, GSIs, and academic advisors who have invested in us and who have given us a foundation in their own unique way. Although we may not all know each other thank you to you all who
are graduating this evening. You graduate from undergrad only once, and I feel honored to
be accomplishing this with such talented individuals who have strived for greatness. So, class of 2018, Dr. Susan Brown has always told us to write a story in her exams. Begin writing the next
chapter starting tomorrow. There is no formula or
correct way to do it, you just have to start. Travel, take risks, accept and tackle challenges but stay honest to yourself
and those around you. Define your own success. Rise to the occasion the
proper and the right way. Remember to thank those
who have gotten you to where you are at today. Simply, lead as Michigan. Congratulations and thank you. (audience clapping) And now I would like to introduce the Chair of Kinesiology
Alumni Society, Heidi Haite. (audience clapping) – Thank you, Marion. Good afternoon, everyone. My name is Heidi Haite and I am the Chair of the Kinesiology Alumni Society Board of Governors. On behalf of the entire
Alumni Society Board, congratulations on your graduation. It is my distinct honor to welcome you as the newest members of the
Kinesiology Alumni Society. All graduates of Kinesiology are automatically members
of our alumni society. We hope that you will all
continue to be strong, loyal, contributing alumni
in the years to come and stay connected to
the School of Kinesiology through its program-specific
LinkedIn groups and Facebook, Twitter,
and Instagram feeds. Many of you have received
the direct benefit of alumni networking and connections for jobs and internships. In fact, I’ve already met many
of you through social media, networking events, and emails. I’m sure you understand first-hand the value of these golden
alumni networking opportunities. Career services support
is an essential component of the Alumni Boards mission and the School of Kinesiology
Career Development Center. I also urge you to take advantage of your post-graduation
first-year discounted membership to the University’s Alumni Association. Enroll online to receive
all of the benefits, you are now part of the
largest living alumni family. And as part of officially welcoming you to the University of Michigan Alumni family, the Kinesiology Alumni Society
will be giving all of you a block M pin to wear with
pride and let everyone know, its great to be a Michigan Wolverine. On behalf of the entire
Kinesiology Alumni Society, congratulations to you, the Class of 2018. Go Blue, and welcome to the Kinesiology and University of
Michigan Alumni Societies! (audience clapping) I would now like to invite Alex Gitkin, President of the Kinesiology
Student Government, to the podium. (audience clapping) – Thank you, Ms. Haite. Good afternoon and thank
you all for being here to celebrate our graduating students. My name is Alex Gitkin and I am the president of the Kinesiology Student Government, an organization that strives to improve the undergraduate experience for the Kinesiology student body. I’m pleased to announce that this year’s senior class gift supports the Kinesiology
Student Government Scholarship. The scholarship is reserved for a student who has
profoundly demonstrated the characteristics that
the School of Kinesiology embeds in every student: respect, academic excellence, progressive thinking, and leadership. The 2018 recipient of the KSG Scholarship is rising senior Carina Grain. For those of you who have donated, on behalf of the entire
School of Kinesiology, I want to thank you for your generosity in helping the Class of 2018 set the foundation for
our school’s future. It is also my honor
this evening to present the 2018 Students’ Excellence
in Teaching Awards. This award gives students the opportunity to recognize School of Kinesiology graduate student instructors, lecturers and full-time faculty. Kinesiology students nominate individuals and a committee of student
organization leaders selects the winners. The recipients are chosen based on their superior classroom teaching and innovative instruction, their dedication to
challenging their students to learn and explore educational and professional opportunities, and their concern for students inside and outside of the classroom. Because of the outstanding
quality of our teachers, we have an unprecedented number of award-winners this year. Here’s what some of
our students had to say about our first award-winner: “He is a good leader and teacher.” “He’s so funny and chill, “he makes lab fun and
easy to ask questions.” “He is very considerate and
caring for his students. “He asks critical questions “to help our class think
deeper about discussions.” I would like to invite
graduate student instructor Tiwa Ajibewa to the stage to accept his Excellence
in Teaching Award. (audience clapping) (laughing)
(audience clapping) (laughing) (audience clapping) Congratulations. Here’s what some of
our students had to say about our second award-winner: “He is so willing to
meet outside of classroom “and add extra office hours to help.” “He is highly motivated in his field “and has a knowledge
base suited for teaching. “He is able to communicate and explain “practices and policies
in a clear and concise way “and is a great GSI.” “He brings a positive, can-do
attitude to class every day “that makes the atmosphere enjoyable. “He teaches his students how to understand “what’s happening in labs, “how to be successful in labs, “and how to enjoy what you’re doing. “His easy-going, joyful energy “creates a wonderful learning environment, “and he teaches in a way “that students can relate
to and understand.” Congratulations to graduate student instructor Michael Schleh, on receiving an Excellence
in Teaching Award. (audience clapping) Unfortunately, Mr. Schleh
couldn’t be here tonight, so we will present him with
his award at a later date. Here’s what some of
our students had to say about our third award-winner: “She really cares for her
students and what they learn.” “She is an interactive
and energetic teacher “who gets students engaged. “She knows the subject matter very well.” “She wants her students to succeed. “Her hands-on class style “and high energy in the classroom “makes me feel comfortable and confident “to ever use my skills as
a Professional Rescuer.” I would like to invite lecturer
Heidi Harris to the podium to accept her Excellence
in Teaching Award. (audience clapping) Congratulations, Dr. Harris. Here’s what some of
our students had to say about our fourth award-winner: “She is helpful, loves her career, “and loves to see
success in her students.” “She is enthusiastic, listens to students, “and works together to
help solve problems.” “She is flexible, understanding, “and dedicated to students “in developing an
understanding of material “inside and outside of lecture.” Congratulations to
lecturer Mikayla Thatcher on receiving an Excellence
in Teaching Award. (audience clapping) Unfortunately, Dr. Thatcher
couldn’t be here tonight, so we will also present her
with her award at a later date. Here’s what some of
our students had to say about our fifth award-winner: “She goes above and
beyond for her students “and works hard to form genuine
relationships with them. “This allows her to be an
even more effective teacher “and makes us all feel welcome.” “She is my favorite professor
that I have had thus far. “Her lectures are engaging, entertaining, “enjoyable, and informative.” “She wants us to learn about kinesiology “because that is so clearly her passion. “Due to her investment of time, “the classroom becomes a
dynamic place to learn. “Through lecture, student presentations, “labs, and other means, “everyone has a chance to
interact with new material. “She is also very willing
to work with those “not doing as well in class “and help them understand concepts. “She makes it easy to be a good student.” I would like to invite lecturer
Kathy Kern to the podium to accept her Excellence
in Teaching Award. (audience clapping and cheering) Congratulations, Ms. Kern. Here’s what some of
our students had to say about our sixth award-winner: “I’ve yet to meet anyone who
cares so much for teaching.” “He really cares about his students, “and remembers their names years later!” “He is passionate about what he teaches, “which makes the class a
fun learning environment “and gets the information across.” I would like to invite
clinical assistant professor Pete Bodary to the podium to accept his Excellence
in Teaching Award. (audience clapping) Congratulations, Dr. Bodary. Here’s what some of our
students had to say, (laughing) this is the last one, I promise, about our seventh and final award-winner: “Her class is the most
innovative and impactful course “I have taken at the
University of Michigan.” “In addition to her knowledge and passion, “she has done a great job engaging “my fellow students and me “through a variety of approaches, “which created a highly informative “and interesting learning
experience for us.” “She has been a beacon of positivity, “understanding, and enthusiasm. “Her class was always full of energy, “and the readings and discussion “ensured that every class was educational “with dialogue from all perspectives. “We learned something new in every class “and she gave us the opportunity “to have an impact at this University “by working on a project “that will have real life implications.” I would like to invite associate professor Kathy Babiak to the podium to accept her Excellence
in Teaching Award. (audience clapping) – Thank you, Alex, thank you. – Congratulations, Dr. Babiak. I would now like to
welcome Dr. Gregory Cartee to the podium. But before I conclude, I want to congratulate the
graduating class of 2018. I wish you the best of luck in
all of your future endeavors, and forever, Go Blue. (audience clapping) – Thank you, Alex, great job. Research makes up an integral part of the academic experience in the School of Kinesiology, and we encourage our students to take advantage of
the many opportunities available to them
throughout their studies. For example, graduate and
undergraduate students may complete a thesis
while working closely with a faculty member on a
specific research problem. Indeed, working with these students is one of the great pleasures of serving on the faculty of Kinesiology. I would like to take this
opportunity to acknowledge those students who have completed a research thesis this year. As I call your name,
would you please stand. I ask the audience to
please hold your applause until the names of all
have been announced. The graduate students
completing a Masters thesis are: Lexie Beemer, Feasibility of the INPACT intervention to enhance movement and
learning in the classroom. Jennylee Susannah Thompson Swallow, Pupil characteristics following repeated head
impacts and concussion. The undergraduate students completing a Movement Science Honors thesis are: Konstantinos Christos Karabetsos, Quantifying fiber-type
specific adaptations in lipid droplet abundance and localization using
immunohistochemistry. Emily Marie Krueger, Aging, exercise responsiveness, and insulin sensitivity. Serena Jean Saake, Feasibility of body-worn sensor technology to monitor arm use in patient with breast cancer-related lymphedema. Congratulations to all. (audience clapping) Now, for the moment you
have all been waiting for, the graduates themselves! I’d like to ask Dean Ploutz-Snyder to take her position on stage. And students, remember to pause for a photo next
to the Dean, over here, there’s an X that marks the spot, before returning to your seat. Kinesiology confers degrees
in the following areas: Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Science, Master of Arts, Bachelor of Arts, and Bachelor of Science. We will begin by granting
of our doctoral degrees. The following descriptions I’ll be reading represent a synopsis of
the dissertation project that each of our doctoral graduates have completed under the supervision of a graduate faculty mentor. Dr. Ketra Armstrong, who is the Associate Dean
for Graduate Affairs, will assist in the hooding
of our doctoral graduates, along with their faculty advisors. Andrew Lapointe and Dr. Steve Broglio, please join Dr. Armstrong. Andrew Lapointe’s
dissertation is entitled, The relationship between
repeated subclinical head impacts and electrophysiological
indices of brain function. This research focuses on the how (laughing) repeated head impacts, like you’re seeing right now,
(laughing) in the absence of concussion, may result in alteration to
the brain’s electrophysiology. As many sports are entering
an existential crisis, Andrew’s findings will inform conversation clinicians and policy makers are having surrounding the long term effects
of football participation. Andrew came to Michigan with remarkable scientific background, but continued to grow and
develop in his time here. He fully adopted the Michigan way, opening himself to new
ideas and challenges, often thrusting himself into new cultures with unparalleled exuberance. Andrew is currently appraising his post-doctoral opportunities
for the fall semester. Congratulations, Dr. Lapointe! (audience clapping) Kathryn O’Connor, please join
Dr. Broglio and Dr. Armstrong. Kathryn O’Connor’s
dissertation is entitled, Concussion among military
service academy members, and focuses on the risk factors, recovery trajectories, and
the role of mental health prior to and following concussion in men and women in the armed forces. During her four years at Michigan, Kate amassed three degrees, a Masters in Public Health,
a Masters in Kinesiology, and a Doctorate in Kinesiology. Think about it.
(laughing) Her didactic training is eclipsed only by her aggressive research agenda, which included 21 peer
reviewed manuscripts and 44 conference presentations. These efforts were recognized by the Journal of
Athletic Training in 2016 with the Kenneth Knight award for outstanding research manuscript and in the prestigious
Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship for 2017-2018. Kate’s fellow students,
colleagues, and mentors describe her as simply awesome. Following graduation, Kate will start a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Kentucky where she will be studying
beta-amyloid in Down’s syndrome. Congratulations, Dr. O’Connor! (audience clapping) Please join me once
again in congratulating our newly-minted doctoral graduates. (audience clapping) I will now turn the podium
over to Dr. Armstrong, who will recognize the 2018
Masters degree graduates. – It is my honor and distinct pleasure to present to you the Masters of Arts and Masters of Science graduates in Movement Science and Sports Management. Jennylee Susannah Thompson Swallow. (audience clapping) Shrea Abahail. (audience clapping) Lexi Beamer. (audience clapping) Catherine Chung. (audience clapping) Hyungyu Lee. (audience clapping) Abigail Asma. (audience clapping) Caroline Elizabeth Winegrad. (audience clapping) Thomas Edgar Evans. (audience clapping) Alexandra Louise Harrigan. (audience clapping) Alexandra Catherine Norton. (audience clapping) Lydia Hope Ellsworth. (audience clapping) Michael Lee. (audience clapping) Carly Jones Herchenel. (audience clapping) Yeumei Lu. (audience clapping) Sikong Jung. (audience clapping) Shingjong Yu. (audience clapping) Minyang Lu. (audience clapping) Jackie Wong. (audience clapping) Tiffany Christina Bevell. (audience clapping) Mikayla Pierce. (audience clapping) Joel Liscea. (audience clapping) Rayon Black. (audience clapping) Darrius Jamar Murray. (audience clapping) Amena Peters. (audience clapping) At this time I would like
to invite to the podium the chair of Athletic
Training, Riann Palmieri-Smith. (audience clapping) – Good evening. I would like to introduce
the Bachelor of Science, Athletic Training graduates. Brady Hover, congratulations. (audience clapping) Kaitlynn Anne Brinkman. (audience clapping) Hi Sam, congratulations. Samuel Schraeder. (audience clapping) Evelyn Annette Leckner. (audience clapping) Mark Muon Huang. (audience clapping) Congrats. Amanda Okashey. (audience clapping) Emily Bluen. (audience clapping) Chelsea Nicole Hills. (audience clapping) Shayna Sundoc Durantes, congratulations. (audience clapping) Wait, stop, stop, stop. Calley Christina Jeskey. (audience clapping) My job was easy, I only
had a few names to read. I am now going to turn the podium over to Dr. Natalie Colabianchi, Associate Professor of Health and Fitness. (audience clapping) – It is my pleasure to introduce the Bachelor of Science,
Health and Fitness graduates. Lorraine Balleich. (audience clapping) Evelyn J. Vandewig. (audience clapping) Taylor Diane Dewitt. (audience clapping) McKenna Elaine Mohossack. (audience clapping) Andrea May Costruck. (audience clapping) Paige Marissa Mandel. (audience clapping) Dana Renae Levine. (audience clapping) Alexandria Altgreg. (audience clapping) Jaclyn Kate Dosik. (audience clapping) Bailey Warner-Baker. (audience clapping) Ashley Coney. (audience clapping) Rebecca Lynn Myers. (audience clapping) – [Woman] Go Rebecca! – Adam Clinton Belcher. (audience clapping) Maddison Rotner. (audience clapping) Alysa Lee Arnold. (audience clapping) I am now going to turn the microphone over to Dr. Leah Robinson
and Dr. Kathryn Clark, who are the Movement
Science Program Chairs. – I would like to introduce the Bachelor of Science
and Movement Science. Sophie Hannah Wittenberg. (audience clapping) Elizabeth Alu Abey. (audience clapping) Ann Kim Tran. (audience clapping) Elena Robin Godenkoff. (audience clapping) Ahid Amid Buhalla. (audience clapping) Sinead Rashid. (audience clapping) Andrew Ainsel Niquist. (audience clapping) Daniella Grace Smith. (audience clapping) Rachel Ann Rockwell. (audience clapping) Haley Dennison. (audience clapping) Victoria Lynn Cushard. (audience clapping) Ashley Kirsten Spalding. (audience clapping) Gaia Tzerkia. (audience clapping) Rachel Lynn Barrett. (audience clapping) Jordan Eric Minser. (audience clapping) Hailey Petreson. (audience clapping) Taylynn Sherigan. (audience clapping) Daniella Rose Dalpet. (audience clapping) Samantha Rose Brainard. (audience clapping) Rachel Dora Leibowitz. (audience clapping) Emma Paige Godenier. (audience clapping) Tiesha Fuller. (audience clapping) Caroline Elizabeth Bowman. (audience clapping) Elizabeth Biederman. (audience clapping) Konstantinos Christos Karabetsos. (laughing)
(audience clapping) Brian Joseph Diffenbock. (audience clapping) Alissa Rose Dylan. (audience clapping) Danielle Anne Marie Hograte. (audience clapping) Madison Marie Hanson. (audience clapping) Sabrina Anne Rinaldi. (audience clapping) Kelly Christine McGuppy. (audience clapping) Moria Elizabeth Armstrong. (audience clapping) Alexandria Elizabeth Snell. (audience clapping) Callie Sierra Cole. (audience clapping) Michelle Flora. (audience clapping) Shara Lynne Chevron. (audience clapping) Dominic M. Macfoud. (audience clapping) Jacklyn Lea Ketts. (audience clapping) Hey Matt. Matthew Gerard Brown. (audience clapping) Marie Larise Carp. (audience clapping) Jacklyn Michelle Pontell. (audience clapping) Zachary Alan Gurt. (audience clapping) Stephanie Marie Marushman. (audience clapping) Emily Marie Krueger. (audience clapping) Alyssa Ray Gozen. (audience clapping) Emily Nicole Elliot. (audience clapping) Terry Margaret McConeghay. (audience clapping) Johnathan Michael Mancini. (audience clapping) Rahoul Mishlah. (audience clapping) Cal Richard White. (audience clapping) – Aaron Eugene Newby. (audience clapping) Emily Rose Ousterman. (audience clapping) Cateri Rose Ribeke. (audience clapping) Selena Monique Difigeuredo Duso. (audience clapping) Abigail Ray Drumwright. (audience clapping) Samantha Ruth Parkinson. (audience clapping) Hunter Milet Holsinger. (audience clapping) Jordan Phillip Walsh. (audience clapping) Jason Wang. (audience clapping) Hollis Angel Moore. (audience clapping) Lindsey Rose Matthis. (audience clapping) Elizabeth Anne Carr. (audience clapping) Kelly Nicole Hafers. (audience clapping) Kristen Alexandra Stiffler. (audience clapping) Erin Shy. (audience clapping) Jack Vincent Dafada. (audience clapping) Zachary Alan Ose. (audience clapping) Thomas Wynn. (audience clapping) Miriam Hesmedie. (audience clapping) Donna Lee Curt. (audience clapping) Margo Sierra Misnor. (audience clapping) Emily C. O’Neil. (audience clapping) Gabriel Mary Leonardi. (audience clapping) Allyah Anne Henner. (audience clapping) Christina Monique Hollis. (audience clapping) Robert Matthew Stietzel. (audience clapping) William Baron Thompson. (audience clapping) Hey Jake. Jake Presto. (audience clapping) Allison Lauren Gosenschulte. (audience clapping) Hi. Cassidy Ray Bouseden. (audience clapping) Allison Nicole Aeuphrate. (audience clapping) And another. Ariel Elice Aeuphrate. (audience clapping) Elizabeth Lusk. (audience clapping) Matea Marie Krisiki. (audience clapping) Kristen Vanproule. (audience clapping) Thomas Lee Nelson. (audience clapping) Shawn Bradley Benoir. (audience clapping) Nicole Marie Moltobeno. (audience clapping) Lindsey Rebecca Katz. (audience clapping) Hannah Gordon Dalton. (audience clapping) – [Woman] Speed it up. You can’t wait til they
get their picture taken, wait til they get
halfway across the stage. – Okay, sure. Joseph John Divida. (audience clapping) Danielle Rego Johnson. Better? Madeline Colleen Glue. (audience clapping) Meghan Ann Campano. (audience clapping) Emma Lee Shefford. (audience clapping) She’s tough, isn’t she? Jessica Anne Judge. (audience clapping) Rachel Lynn Churcuski. (audience clapping) Serena Saki. (audience clapping) Amnid Singh Chada. (audience clapping) Riley J. Horn. (audience clapping) Tiffany Teresa Hacket. (audience clapping) Sandoval Lopez Zeladon. (audience clapping) Melody Ray Allen. (audience clapping) Samantha Nicole Swinson. (audience clapping) Lindsey Elanor Hendrickson. (audience clapping) Rachel Daniel Lesnick. (audience clapping) Anne Elizabeth Sterling. (audience clapping) Rachel Nicole Wingstrom. (audience clapping) She just wants the control. Samantha Hawke. (audience clapping) Madelyn Rose Rogers. (audience clapping) Malorie Anne Hudson. (audience clapping) Erin Rosemarie Almany. (audience clapping) Marion Anne Phillipe. (audience clapping) I am now going to turn the podium over to Mr. Josh Mergos, IONM Program Director. (audience clapping) – It’s my pleasure to
introduce the graduates, the Bachelor of Science
in Movement Science who have completed a concentration in Intraoperative Neuromonitoring. Julia Ramatico. (audience clapping) Esther Min. – [Man] Go Esther! (audience clapping) – Andrea Marie Russo. (audience clapping) Amanda Catherine Peters. (audience clapping) Sarah Elizabeth Doyle. (audience clapping) Ellen Margaret Miller. (audience clapping) Shane Kelly Gordon. (audience clapping) Jake Slaminski. (audience clapping) Julian Michael Moore. (audience clapping) Jane Elizabeth Sebaleski. (audience clapping) Mikayla Anne Andrini. (audience clapping) I am now going to turn the podium over to Ms. Kelli Donahue
and Dr. Mark Rosentraub, Sport Management Program Chairs. (audience clapping) – It is with great
pleasure that we announce the Bachelor of Arts and
Sport Management graduates. Nadia Rupovar. (audience clapping) Katherine Fitzgerald Conklin. (audience clapping) Riley Nelson. (audience clapping) Nell Francis Shuldener. (audience clapping) Jacob Michael Feldman. (audience clapping) Samuel Jacob Elrad. (audience clapping) Noah Samuel Morris. (audience clapping) Kristen Laylanee Welzack. (audience clapping) Jillian Nicole Dunston. (audience clapping) Ashley Peeper. (audience clapping) Jennifer Rebecca Wagley. (audience clapping) – Sarah Elizabeth Jackson. (audience clapping) Megan Takahashi. (audience clapping) Nathan David Cramer. (audience clapping) Tell Ross Sutton. (audience clapping) Aaron Leybig. (audience clapping) Hailey Lucy Ducto, congratulations. (audience clapping) McKenzie Ray Francis. (audience clapping) Hojun Lee. (audience clapping) Adam Lenarski. (audience clapping) – Roxanne Nicole Glasser. (audience clapping) Katherine Elizabeth Chopin. (audience clapping) Delaney Vittoria Jodis. (audience clapping) Nicholas Patrick Grewitch. (audience clapping) Riley Jacob Stewart Holder. (audience clapping) Ryan Michael Arbruster. (audience clapping) John Michael Mason. (audience clapping) Eric Joseph Shubatowski. (audience clapping) Ryan Wen. (audience clapping) Chandler Gregory Barnes. (audience clapping) Shane Decker. (audience clapping) Kieran Foreman. (audience clapping) Garret Alexander Wallace. (audience clapping) Peter Alexander Cladhouse. (audience clapping) Charlie Daley. (audience clapping) Joseph Robert Templin. (audience clapping) – Samsung David Wisehunan,
congratulations. (audience clapping) John Wood. (audience clapping) Christopher Addison Jacobson. (audience clapping) Garret Phillip Minco. (audience clapping) Oliver Edgar Sherrick. (audience clapping) Rachel Lynnette Bird. Congratulations, well done. (audience clapping) Austin Patrick Turner. (audience clapping) Danielle Winestock. (audience clapping) Congratulations. Brandon Mark Cassockov. (audience clapping) Michael Lawrence Schwartz. (audience clapping) Louis Robert Goldsmith. (audience clapping) Edward Ross Louenfeld. (audience clapping) Thomas Alan Dozeman. (audience clapping) Jordan Mark Pimena. (audience clapping) Brett Stephan Reubenfire. (audience clapping) – Jared Burson. (audience clapping) Cathleen Kelly Hartwig. (audience clapping) Brie Marie Merrick. (audience clapping) Nicholas Charles Crone. (audience clapping) Anthony Candyellow. (audience clapping) Harry Jason Benjamin. (audience clapping) Chase Dalton Wittingham. (audience clapping) James A. Campbell. (audience clapping) Alexander Joseph Lorenz. (audience clapping) Alexander Reid Needleman. (audience clapping) Jesse Dante Lippenfoster. (audience clapping) Ryan Mark Feldman. (audience clapping) Brandon Eric Levine. (audience clapping) David Benjamin Katz. (audience clapping) Tess Anne Morales. (audience clapping) Jared Matthew Decosta. (audience clapping) Joshua Steven Broener. (audience clapping) Brendan Michael Skinner. (audience clapping) Nathaniel Key Bush. (audience clapping) Hunter Magelie. (audience clapping) Daniel Lewis Mentz. (audience clapping) Justin David Bergman. (audience clapping) Joseph Benjamin Cline. (audience clapping) You want some, go for it. – Jack Michael Bucheau. (audience clapping) Jesse Michael Wessman. (audience clapping) Ross Andrew Floring. (audience clapping) Dylan Garrett Deustsch. (audience clapping) Rachel Sydney Roth. (audience clapping) Sydney Grabriel Lipsitz. (audience clapping) Lee River. (audience clapping) Alright, ready? Konstantinos Zavaras. Close? (audience clapping) Ryan Tice. (audience clapping) James Walter Fote. Thank you. (audience clapping) Garret Charles Miller. (audience clapping) Deante Harris. (audience clapping) Chandler Sloan Ryder. (audience clapping) All of these students have completed the degree requirements as prescribed by the faculty of the
School of Kinesiology. Dean Ploutz-Snyder, it is my
pleasure to present to you the graduates of the class of 2018. (audience clapping and cheering) – [Lori] Graduates, please stand. (audience clapping) When you put on your cap
and gown this evening, your tassel should have been
placed on the right side, signifying that you had not yet graduated. On behalf of the Board of Regents of the University of Michigan and the faculty and staff of
the School of Kinesiology, I congratulate you on your
graduation this evening. Please move your tassels now
from the right to the left! (audience clapping and cheering) Well done, congratulations, and I’ll turn the podium back
to Dr. Templin one last time. – Congratulations, graduates! As a fellow alum, Ann Arbor will always be your home away from home and you will be ever a part of the history of the School of Kinesiology and of course the University of Michigan. You are joining the largest team ever at the University of Michigan, 600,000 Michigan alumni, congratulations. (audience clapping) May you always uphold
the excellent tradition that Michigan graduates define, and the Michigan difference. Oh and one last thing, Michigan time is over. (laughing) On behalf of the faculty and staff, thank you for enriching our lives and good luck and congratulations
tothe class of 2018. (audience clapping and cheering) I think we’d be remiss if we didn’t thank our signers. Thank you so much. (audience clapping) In just a moment we will
conclude our ceremony with song, but first I need to provide you with some final instructions. After we sing, we ask
that you remain seated as the platform party recesses. The Marshals will then dismiss
the graduates, row by row. Families and guests should
remain in their seats as the graduates depart for the reception on the second-floor of
the Michigan League. The reception will be in the Ballroom as well as the Concourse
and the Vandenberg rooms. See page three your program
for specific locations. Now please stand, you’re
already standing, I think, and join Jeffrey Walker, a Sport Management Masters student, who will lead us in singing
The Yellow and Blue. Jeff and Maddison will
then lead us in singing The Victors. The words for both songs are
on page three of your program. ♪ Sing to the colors ♪ ♪ That float in the light ♪ ♪ Hurrah for the Yellow and Blue ♪ ♪ Yellow the stars ♪ ♪ As they ride through the night ♪ ♪ And reel in a rollicking crew ♪ ♪ Yellow the fields ♪ ♪ Where ripens the grain ♪ ♪ And yellow the moon ♪ ♪ On the harvest wain ♪ ♪ Hail ♪ ♪ Hail to the colors ♪ ♪ That float in the light ♪ ♪ Hurrah for the Yellow and Blue ♪ (audience clapping) ♪ Now for a cheer they
are here, triumphant ♪ ♪ Here they come with banners flying ♪ ♪ In stalwart step they’re nighing ♪ ♪ With shouts of vict’ry crying ♪ ♪ We hurrah, hurrah, we greet you now ♪ ♪ Hail ♪ ♪ Here they come we praises sing ♪ ♪ For the glory and
fame they’ve bro’t us ♪ ♪ Loud let the bells them ring ♪ ♪ For here they come with banners flying ♪ ♪ Far we their praises tell ♪ ♪ For the glory and
fame they’ve bro’t us ♪ ♪ Loud let the bells them ring ♪ ♪ For here they come with banners flying ♪ ♪ Here they come, hurrah ♪ ♪ Hail! to the victors valiant ♪ ♪ Hail! to the conqu’ring heroes ♪ ♪ Hail! Hail! to Michigan ♪ ♪ The leaders and best ♪ ♪ Hail! to the victors valiant ♪ ♪ Hail! to the conqu’ring heroes ♪ ♪ Hail! Hail! to Michigan, ♪ ♪ The champions of the West ♪ ♪ We cheer them again ♪ ♪ We cheer for Michigan ♪ ♪ For Michigan, we cheer for Michigan ♪ ♪ We cheer with might and main ♪ ♪ We cheer, cheer, cheer ♪ ♪ With might and main we cheer ♪ ♪ Hail! to the victors valiant ♪ ♪ Hail! to the conqu’ring heroes ♪ ♪ Hail! Hail! to Michigan ♪ ♪ The leaders and best ♪ ♪ Hail! to the victors valiant ♪ ♪ Hail! to the conqu’ring heroes ♪ ♪ Hail! Hail! to Michigan, ♪ ♪ The champions of the West ♪ (audience clapping) – Thank you Maddison and Jeffrey. And again, thanks to
everyone, congratulations. And we will see you at
the Michigan League. Go Blue! (audience clapping)

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