April 23, 2022 - 2:00pm
915 E Washington Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
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The 2022 U-M College of Pharmacy PharmD Commencement Ceremony will be held in person and live streamed.

  • Commencement Speaker

    Sandra Leal, PharmD, MPH, FAPhA
    President, American Pharmacists Association
    Vice President, Collaborative Innovation and Clinical Strategy, Aetna, a CVS Health Company

    Sandra Leal, PharmD, MPH, FAPhA is the 166th President of the American Pharmacists Association and Vice President of Collaborative Innovation and Clinical Strategy for Aetna, a CVS Health Company. Dr. Leal has had diverse experience as a pharmacist, medical director, public health clinician, and as a board member for various groups including the National Center for Farmworker Health.

    Dr. Leal received her PharmD from the University of Colorado and her MPH in Public Health Practice from the University of Massachusetts. Dr. Leal completed her residency at the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System and a Primary Health Care Policy Fellowship with the Department of Health and Human Services.

    She has published and presented her work in numerous national and international publications and venues. She has been recognized as the Good Government Pharmacist of the Year by the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) for her advocacy work on pharmacist provider status. Dr. Leal is a two-time recipient of the Pinnacle Award from the APhA Foundation for her progressive practice innovations and received the ASHP Best Practice Award for her leading practice in diabetes management.

    Two themes that govern Dr. Leal’s professional life are a passion to eliminate barriers to care and to improve access and outcomes for patients. Dr. Leal has led efforts on both local and national levels to integrate pharmacy, public health, and advocacy to improve the healthcare system and to reduce health inequity. 

  • Event Day Information

    General information:

    • Please plan to arrive early.
    • Please turn off all cell phones.
    • Commencement will start at 2:00 pm.


    • Line up in alpha order.
    • First person of the row enters and moves all the way to the far side of the row.
    • Each row follows in turn.

    Oath of a Pharmacist:

    • Class representative will instruct you to speak loudly and in UNISON.

    Hooding of the Graduates:

    • Faculty Marshal will lead first student from seat to stage, entire row follows.
    • Each row will rise and process to the stage. The faculty marshal will release you to enter the stage as your name is called.
    • Stand on the X in front of the Associate Deans to be hooded.
    • Walk to the DEAN and shake hands (photo will be taken).
    • Walk to the Faculty Marshal for Certificate (for photo purposes only).
    • When you return to your original seat....PLEASE BE SEATED IMMEDIATELY.

    After Ceremony:

    • Group photo will be taken on the steps of Rackham immediately following the ceremony. 
    • Please return rentals gowns, hood, and tams to the 2nd floor before leaving Rackham.
    • Pick up envelope with graduation materials at the same time.
    • Congratulations!! 
  • Ann Arbor Travel

    The Commencement Ceremony is being held at Rackham Auditorium.
    Address: 915 E. Washington Street Ann Arbor, MI 48109

    Detroit International Airport (DTW) is the airport nearest Ann Arbor. Travel time from DTW to Ann Arbor is approximately 25 minutes.

    A complete list of driving directions can be found at: http://www.rackham.umich.edu/rackham_building/driving_directions/


    Parking is available in the city structures: Maynard (324 Maynard St), Washington (215 Washington Street), Liberty (510 E. Washington) and Forest (650 S. Forest)

    The gates to the Thayer (216 S. Thayer Street), Fletcher, Hill (201 Fletcher Street), Thompson (500 Thompson St) and Palmer-Blue Area (200 Washtenaw Avenue) structures will be opened at 10 a.m. for commencement guests. Parking enforcement in these areas will be suspended from 10 a.m. to the end of posted enforcement hours.  Even though enforcement is suspended, we encourage guests not to park in any specialty signed spaces (Gold, UM Business, Service Vehicle, etc.  The campus parking structures fill to capacity during the business days. 

    A complete list of restaurants in the Ann Arbor area can be found at: http://www.visitannarbor.org/dining

  • Ann Arbor Travel - Accommodations


    Holiday Inn North
    3600 Plymouth Road 
    Ann Arbor, MI 48105

    Bell Tower
    300 South Thayer
    Ann Arbor, MI 48104
    (734) 769-3010

    Graduate Ann Arbor
    615 East Huron Street
    Ann Arbor, MI 48104
    (800) 666-8693

    Residence Inn Ann Arbor Downtown
    120 West Huron Street
    Ann Arbor, MI 48104
    (734) 662-9999

    A complete list of accommodations in the Ann Arbor area can be found at: http://www.visitannarbor.org/accommodations/hotels

  • FAQs

    Will guests need to bring the commencement announcements to get into Rackham?
    No. Guests will not need to bring anything to enter.

    Is there a limit of guests we can invite?
    Currently there is no limit of how many guests can be invited.

  • Health and Safety Protocols

    The following protocols will be in place for guests to attend the Commencement Ceremony.  Guests should check this page for any changes or updated requirements from the University for in person events occuring in April 2022.


    Face masks that cover the nose and mouth are required for all participants, regardless of vaccination status.  All masks must meet CDC standards; those arriving without appropriate face coverings will be provided with a disposable face mask. Neck gaiters, bandanas, and masks with exhalation valves or vents are not permitted. Masks must be worn for the duration of the event. Guests who refuse to keep their masks on will be asked to leave the venue.


    Vaccines & Testing

    Guests should be fully vaccinated or have a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of the event.   Fully vaccinated means you received your second or final dose before April 9th (two weeks post 2nd dose before the event date).   CDC and UM Public Health guidelines suggest that indoor events are safest if everyone is vaccinated or has a negative COVID-19 PCR test, and wears a mask.  Guests should be aware that if they do not comply with these guidelines they put themselves and others at risk.  The event will be livestreamed, so anyone that is not fully vaccinated or recently tested or does not successfully pass the guest health screening questions should plan to watch the event live at home.  The University currently does not require guests to campus to have proof of a booster shot, however, this can change before the event in April so check back frequently.


    Guest Health Screening

    ALL Guests must complete the ResponsiBLUE GUEST screening survey the day of the event before entering Rackham Auditorium.


     Guest health screening survey at responsiblue.umich.edu 


    Guests that do not pass the health screening survey are not permitted to enter Rackham Auditorium; parents with children that do not pass the health screening survey must not bring those children into Rackham Auditorium. 

    If a guest or any family member is feeling ill or unwell, do not attempt to enter Rackham Auditorium.  Stay home and watch the event on livestream.


    Venue Safety


    Rackham Auditorium complies with UM venues that have excellent ventilation and use MERV 13 filters in the air handling systems in all facilities. Venues provide at least four and up to 11 air changes per hour. Ventilation systems are operated for at least two hours before and two hours after occupancy to ensure full purging of air in those spaces. These guidelines meet both the CDC and American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers recommendations for COVID-19.



    Seating in Rackham Auditorium is open; there are no assigned seats for guests.  Based on the latest CDC guidelines for fully vaccinated individuals, we will not require physically distanced seating in the Auditorium.  Guests may be sitting directly next to, in front of, or behind you. If this makes you uncomfortable, you may look for other open seats in the venue, if available.  



    We anticipate that the venue will open for guests and seating will begin approximately 45 minutes prior to the published start time.  We recommend arriving no later than 30 minutes before the start time. Once you have entered, please avoid crowding in the lobby.