1. Statement on Appointment of 15th President

    July 13, 2022

    Remarks as prepared for delivery I am thrilled to join in this enthusiastic welcome of Dr. Santa Ono as the 15th president of the University of Michigan. Dr. Ono, you are joining a very special community. I have spent more than 50 years in higher education, and there is no environment that rivals the University Read more

  2. Statement on Big Ten expansion

    July 1, 2022

    On Thursday (June 30), the Big Ten Conference unanimously voted to accept the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of Southern California as full members in all sponsored sports effective August, 2024. We are pleased to confirm this decision and extend a warm welcome to our newest members, both of which are renowned Read more

  3. Access to abortion services

    June 24, 2022

    To All Members of the Campus Community: Today’s Supreme Court ruling on the right to an abortion will affect many on our campus and beyond. I strongly support access to abortion services, and I will do everything in my power as president to ensure we continue to provide this critically important care. Our campus is Read more

  4. Statement at June 2022 Board of Regents

    June 16, 2022

    (As prepared for delivery) Good afternoon and welcome to our June meeting. We have a very full agenda today, including the presentation of budgets for all three campuses. Our June meeting also brings a transition in Board leadership. Today is the final meeting with Regent Acker as our chair. I want to thank him for Read more

  5. Statement on Texas school shooting

    May 25, 2022

    I am devastated by Tuesday’s horrific school shooting in Texas. The murders of 19 children and two adults in a place of learning are unthinkable. And yet their deaths are now an agonizing reality for families and friends whose lives will never again be the same. Classrooms should be safe havens where young people feel Read more

  6. Statement at May 2022 Board of Regents

    May 19, 2022

    (As prepared for delivery) Good afternoon and welcome to the May meeting of the Board of Regents. It is always good to be on the Dearborn campus. I want to thank Chancellor Domenico Grasso and his team for hosting us. I want to begin by saying a few words about the horrific shooting in Buffalo Read more

  7. 2020 Comeback Commencement

    May 7, 2022

    Remarks as prepared for delivery Good afternoon! We are absolutely thrilled to welcome you home to Michigan. It’s so good to see all of you here in the Big House! We are so proud of you. You completed your studies during a very unsettling and confusing time for our world. The Class of 2020 will Read more

  8. Spring Commencement 2022

    April 30, 2022

    Remarks as prepared for delivery Good morning! Congratulations, graduates! You did it! Just as remarkable as today’s graduates themselves are their families, for the unconditional love and encouragement they have provided through the years. I want to thank these families – the parents and grandparents, aunts, uncles and siblings. Your students are beyond impressive. Thank Read more

  9. University Graduate Exercises – Spring 2022

    April 29, 2022

    Remarks as prepared for delivery Good morning! Thank you to the Aero Saxophone Quartet for that lovely performance and to Valerie for her inspiring words. Graduates, I know it has been hard work. The pride, the satisfaction, and, yes, the relief you feel are richly deserved. Take a deep breath and enjoy this moment! You’ve Read more

  10. Michigan Today: “There is much to be proud of here”

    March 27, 2022