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Commencement Ceremony

Department of Communication and Media Commencement Ceremony

Michigan Theater
603 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor

Friday, May 3, 2019

11:00am - Doors open. Graduating Seniors will go to the back of the theater to process in.

11:30am - Students line up 

12:00pm - Ceremony starts

1:30pm - Ceremony ends


Important Information for Graduates:

Graduates participating in any U-M commencement must wear academic attire (cap & gown). Such attire can be purchased at the Michigan Union Bookstore, 530 South State Street (734-995-8877) or Ulrich's Bookstore, 549 East University (734-662-3201). Contact the individual bookstores for specific information on graduation attire.

Graduates should assemble in cap & gown in the Michigan Theater NO LATER THAN 11:00AM. Upon arriving to the theater, go directly to the registration tables in the lobby.

If you are a graduating Communication and Media major who plans to attend the ceremony, please RSVP. Each student is eligible to bring six guests. There is space on the RSVP form to request accommodation on the basis of disability and to request bringing additional guests. 

For further information on parking and attire please see our events page.


Graduation Speaker: Andrea Joyce, U-M alumna and sportscaster

Andrea Joyce works as a reporter for NBC Sports Group, covering events including the U.S. Figure Skating Championships and the P&G Gymnastics Championships. Joyce’s reporting portfolio includes figure skating and short track speed skating at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games; gymnastics at the 2012 London Olympic Games; figure skating and short track during the 2012 Vancouver Winter Games; gymnastics and rhythmic gymnastics at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games; figure skating and short track from the 2006 Torino Winter Games; gymnastics, diving and gymnastics at the 2004 Athens Summer Games; speed skating at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games; and diving and swimming during the 2000 Sydney Summer Games.  

In Sydney, Joyce also covered women’s soccer and women’s water polo, in addition to contributing to the Sports Desk. She served as a reporter during NBC’s coverage of the 2000 Olympic Diving Trials and the 2000 Olympic Swimming Trials. She also served as a reporter for NBA on NBC and WNBA on NBC broadcasts.

Joyce debuted as a reporter at the 1988 Olympic Summer Games in Seoul for ESPN. She worked three Winter Games for CBS, serving as co-host of weekend and Opening and Closing Ceremony coverage at the 1994 Lillehammer Winter Games and the 1998 Nagano Winter Games. Joyce co-hosted CBS’ weekend coverage of the 1992 Albertville Winter Games.

A member of the Women’s Sports Foundation, Joyce has covered a wide variety of sports, including figure skating, boxing and dog shows.



Graduation Student Speaker: Emily Purdy, BA Communication
Studies; Minor Business Administration '19

Emily Purdy is the current President of the Michigan Association of Communication Studies, and is also a Student Ambassador and the Wellness Chair for Kappa Delta Sorority. She plans on entering the field of advertising after graduation. Outside of the classroom, she enjoys running, soccer, snowboarding and traveling the world.



Singing performance by Zachary Cascalho Cox, 
BA Communication and Media; Minor Music '19

Zachary Cascalho Cox arrived at the University of Michigan with the intention to pursue a career in Opera; as he began his studies with a concentration in Voice Performance at the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, studying with Professors Stephen Lusmann and Stephen West. His time in SMTD allowed him to accumulate a vast repertoire, ranging from Mozart, to works by Schubert and Wagner. His zeal for creative storytelling and curiosity for the world of advertising and media however, brought him to discover Communication and Media as an area of study. After taking the prerequisite coursework to declare a major in Communication and Media, the major in Voice was changed to a minor in Music. In spite of abandoning his pursuit of a career in Music, Zachary has kept himself involved in the arts through being a member of the Michigan Men's Glee Club throughout his college career. After graduation, he looks forward to joining Google as an Account Strategist for the Google Customer Solutions team.