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Commencement & Graduation


The Economics graduation ceremony is scheduled on Thursday, May 2nd, 2024, 6-8pm at the Crisler Center. Caps and gowns are required.

The program begins with a faculty and graduate processional. The speaker will be Professor Jim Adams. Each graduate will have their name announced as they walk across the stage to receive a congratulatory certificate (actual diplomas are mailed after a final audit by the Auditors Office). You will want to allow 1.5-2 hours for the event. We will open the doors at 5:00 pm.

Tickets will be required for this event. There is no limit to the number of guests allowed.

The Undergraduate Commencement Featured Speaker for 2024 will be Professor Jim Adams!

Born in New York City and raised in East Lansing, Michigan, Jim Adams received three degrees in economics (AB summa cum laude, AM, and PhD) from Harvard University. In 1973, he joined the Michigan Department of Economics, where his current titles are Shorey Peterson Professor of Industrial Organization, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, and Professor of Economics. Adams has won numerous prizes for his teaching, including the Amoco Foundation Award and the Golden Apple Award. His three undergraduate courses are American Industries, The European Economy, and Capitalisms. The University of Michigan nominated him for both the U.S. Professors of the Year Award and the Michigan Distinguished Professor of the Year Award. In his research, Adams has studied public policies toward business in the United States and economic integration in Europe. His monograph, Restructuring the French Economy: Government and the Rise of Market Competition since World War II, has influenced thinking on both sides of the Atlantic. Adams has held numerous administrative positions, including Chair of Economics, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs in LSA, Director of Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, and Director of the Center for West European Studies. From 2002 to 2019, he was Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Economics. Outside the university, he has held visiting professorships at six European universities, teaching students at the University of Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne), the University of Paris IX (Dauphine), the University of Aix-Marseille II, and the European University Institute in Florence. He has advised the Federal Trade Commission, the U.S. Ambassador to France, and several foreign policy departments of the U.S. government. The father of two grown sons, he is married to a professor emerita of pediatric rheumatology.

Livestream: Economics Undergraduate Commencement, Class of 2024

The Undergraduate Commencement Featured Speaker for 2022 will be Derek R.B. Douglas, Vice President for Civic Engagement and External Affairs at the University of Chicago.

Prior to joining the University of Chicago, Douglas served on the White House Domestic Policy Council (DPC) as Special Assistant to President Barack Obama. He also served as Associate Director of Economic Policy at the Center for American Progress where he founded and served as Director of the Economic Mobility Program. Before joining the Center, Douglas was a Counsel at O'Melveny & Myers LLP and an Assistant Counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

Douglas graduated from the University of Michigan with Highest Honors in Economics and from the Yale Law School.

General Information:

Each spring, the Department of Economics holds a Commencement Ceremony for students who are either graduating that April/May, will be graduating in the following August, or have graduated the previous December. Please see above for the most current information about the next Economics Undergraduate Commencement. 

Well in advance of the ceremony, students must complete specific tasks to be eligible to participate. Please find more information about these requirements, and the ceremony in general, below!

Information about the University's larger Commencement can be found here.


Livestream: Economics Commencement, Class of 2024