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Marina v.N. Whitman is Professor of Business Administration and Public Policy at the University of Michigan. From 1979 until 1992 she was an officer of the General Motors Corporation, first as Vice President and Chief Economist and later as Vice President and Group Executive for Public Affairs, which included the Economics, Environmental Activities, Industry-Government Relations and Public Relations staffs. She also serves or has served as a Director of several leading multinational corporations.

Prior to her appointment at GM, Professor Whitman was a member of the faculty in the Department of Economics at the University of Pittsburgh, beginning as an instructor in 1962 and becoming Distinguished Public Service Professor of Economics in 1973. She served as a member of the President's Council of Economic Advisers in 1972-73, while on leave from the University.

Professor Whitman received a B.A. in government from Radcliffe College (now Harvard University) and her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in economics from Columbia University. She is the recipient of numerous fellowships, honors and awards, and holds honorary degrees from over twenty colleges and universities.

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND:

Ph.D., Columbia University

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:

She currently serves on the Boards of the National Bureau of Economic Research, the Institute for International Economics, and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. She is a former member of the Boards of Harvard and Princeton Universities, and of the President's Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiations. She is also a member of The American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Phi Beta Kappa Society.

CURRENT RESEARCH:

She examines questions of international trade and investment, changing relationships between firms and their various constituencies, and current issues in corporate governance and global corporate social responsibility.

RECENT PUBLICATIONS:

Several books and monographs, including New World, New Rules: The Changing Role of the American Corporation (1999) and American Capitalism and Global Convergence (2003) , and many articles, including : "The Open Economy Macromodel: Interactions Between Theoretical Developments and Real-World Behavior," in Arie Arnon and Warren Young (eds.), The Open Economy Macromodel: Past, Present and Future, 2002, "Trade and Growth: Restoring the Virtuous Circle" in Jerry Jasinowski (ed)., The Rising Tide: A Path Towards Higher Growth and Economic Prosperity, 1998; "Labor Market Adjustment and Trade: Their Interaction in the Triad" in Benjamin Cohen (ed.), International Trade and Finance: New Frontiers for Research, 1997; "Has Global Competition Killed the Socially Responsible Corporation?" in John W. Houck and Oliver F. Williams (eds.), Is the Good Corporation Dead? Social Responsibility in a Global Economy, 1996; "Using Board Guidelines As A Strategic Tool," The Corporate Board, September/October 1995; "Flexible Markets, Flexible Firms," The American Enterprise, May-June 1994.

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Schedule of Events for Commencement

  • Honors Reception
    • 12:00 - 1:00 pm, Foster Library
  • MAE and PHD ​graduation ceremony (Live Stream it Here)
    • 1:30 - 3:00 pm, 140 Lorch
  • MAE and PhD Reception
    • 3:00 - 4:30 pm, Foster Library​
  • Commencement Ceremony (Live Stream it Here)
    • Power Center starting at 8pm (doors open at 7:30pm)

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PLEASE READ THIS PAGE TOP TO BOTTOM IF YOU PLAN TO ATTEND THE ECONOMICS APRIL 2017​ COMMENCEMENT! IT CONTAINS VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE TICKETS!

You will be asked to complete a two-question RSVP form to confirm your participation in the Economics Commencement Ceremony on Friday, April 28​, 2017​ at 8pm at the Power Center and provide information about your ticket needs.  You and your guests will all need to present your tickets in order to enter the Power Center the evening of the ceremony.

The required RSVP form will be available online from noon on Thursday, March 9, 2017 through March 20​, 2017​ at 3:30 pm. For family members unable to attend the ceremony, the Department will livestream the event online (the world-wide URL will be announced the week of graduation by email and a link to the live stream will be available on our website), as well as provide a link to an online recording, which will be available on the Department’s website in mid-May.

 

IMPORTANT: POWER CENTER TICKET ELIGIBILITY

Students who have graduated in December 2016​, or who will graduate in April 2017​, or August 2017​​ ​are eligible for three (3) tickets to the Economics Commencement Ceremony, provided they have applied for graduation on or before March 10, 2017​ (this is also the deadline to apply for graduation in order to be included in the University's commencement bulletin).  Please note that the 3 tickets include one for the student and two for guests!!!

 

IMPORTANT: GUARANTEEING OR RELEASING YOUR 3 POWER CENTER TICKETS

You must complete and submit the RSVP form no later than March 20, 2017​ at 3:30 pm in order to guarantee your 3 tickets.  Seating is limited at the Power Center, so in order to accommodate as many families as possible, if you do not plan to use any or some of your guaranteed tickets, please complete Question #1 and #2 of the form no later than March 20​ at 3:30 pm. The link to the form will be sent to you the day before the registration starts.

 

IMPORTANT: ADDITIONAL TICKETS

Graduating students can request additional tickets via a waitlist. Please be considerate of your fellow graduates and only request the tickets that you actually need.  Requesting additional tickets on the RSVP form will automatically add your name to the ticket waitlist.  After submitting the form (and anytime thereafter), you can view your position on the list online.

CRITICAL INFORMATION: ADDITIONAL TICKETS WILL BE ALLOCATED BASED ON YOUR POSITION ON THE WAIT LIST CREATED BY THE RSVP FORM.  YOUR PRIORITY ON THE LIST IS THE DATE/TIME YOU SUBMIT THE RSVP FORM. WE WILL FIRST ALLOCATE 2 EXTRA TICKETS TO THE THE STUDENTS ON THE WAITLIST STARTING AT THE TOP OF THE LIST AND MOVING DOWN. IF THERE ARE ANY MORE TICKETS LEFT AFTER THE FIRST ROUND, WE WILL ALLOCATE THEM IN TWO TICKET INCREMENTS THE SAME WAY WE DID IT IN THE FIRST ROUND AND SO ON. EMAIL NOTIFICATIONS ABOUT ALLOCATIONS OF WAITLISTED TICKETS WILL BEGIN THE WEEK OF MARCH 27​th. THERE IS NO GUARANTEE THAT ONE WILL RECEIVE ANY OR ALL OF THE TICKETS ONE HAS WAITLISTED FOR!!!

 

TICKET PICK-UP

Tickets that have been guaranteed by the RSVP form may be picked up starting ​Thursday, April ​6​ from the Economics Main Office (238 Lorch Hall; open 8am-5pm Mon-Fri).  You will need to bring your M-Card to pick up your tickets.  If you are studying abroad or you no longer live in Ann Arbor and will be unable to pick up your tickets yourself, please email omustata@umich.edu.  Any guaranteed tickets not picked up by Friday, April 21​, 201​7​ will be considered abandoned and will be offered to those on the waitlist.

 

SUMMARY OF IMPORTANT DATES:

Date Time Event  
March 8   The link to the RSVP form will be sent by email  
March 9 12:00 pm The RSVP form will be available online  
March 21 3:30 pm The end of the ticket registration. After this date, you will no longer be able to make changes or add your name to the list. You will still have viewing access.  
March 27-April 5  

Notifications will be made about allocations of waitlisted tickets

 
April 6 8:00 am

The start of the ticket pick-up period

 
April 21 5:00 pm After this date you will no longer be able to pick up your tickets. After this date, you tickets will be considered abandoned and they will be distributed to the the students on the waitlist.  
April 28 8:00 pm

The graduation ceremony. Doors open at 7:30pm. There are no assigned seats, so please tell your family to come early.

 

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

The 2017 Economics Undergraduate Commencement will take place on Friday, ​April 28, 201​7​ at 8pm at Power Center. Caps and gowns are required.

The program begins with a faculty and graduate processional. There will be a speaker (yet-to-be-announced). During the program, each graduate will have his/her name announced as they walk across the stage to receive a congratulatory certificate. You will want to allow 1.5-2 hours for the event. We will open the doors at 7:30pm​.

Tickets are required for this event. The graduating students will also need their own tickets!! There will be a registration process and if you register on time, we guarantee that you will get three tickets (one for the student and two more for the guests). Students will have an opportunity to waitlist for more tickets. More details will be emailed to students at a later time.For FAQ about our commencement, please visit the Commencement FAQ page.​​ Students will have to apply for graduation no later then March 10, 2017 in order to be included in all of our future emails about the commencement. If you have any questions, please email the Undergraduate Office at econundergradoffice@umich.edu.