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Thanks to everyone who helped make this Giving Blueday our most successful yet! For Rackham, that meant helping graduate students in their greatest times of need through the Rackham Graduate Student Emergency Fund. Over the years, we have seen alumni band together and students help one another overcome the obstacles that may stand between them and the completion of their degree. If you weren’t able to participate during Giving Blueday this year, it’s always a great time to help dedicated graduate students pursue groundbreaking work without the fear of an unforeseen obstacle taking them off course.

Each year, nearly 900 doctoral and more than 2,100 master’s degree recipients join the Rackham alumni community. A global network of more than 115,000 alums, Rackham grads continue to discover innovative solutions to the world’s most complex questions, establishing themselves as leaders in their fields.

Through mentorship and philanthropic giving, they also provide a strong foundation upon which current students can thrive during their time on campus, setting them up for success once they leave.

Alumni Spotlights

Discover how Michigan graduate alumni are creating positive change in the world. Discover the groundbreaking research and achievements of our students. Discover what puts Rackham at the center of the graduate student experience.

George Hoey, with football, 1968

Football to an Advanced Degree

“I couldn’t have written the script for the path I travelled.” For Rackham alum George Hoey, grad school wasn’t in the original plan. Then again, neither was playing in the NFL. If you ask him, he’ll tell you the plan didn’t really exist. Hoey was born in a small town...

A Closer Look at Crime

It’s not hard to imagine why Christopher S. Palenik (Ph.D. '04) became fascinated with microscopes as a child. His father, Skip Palenik, is a renowned microscopy expert who maintained a full-fledged microscopy laboratory in the basement of the Palenik family home when...

Alumni Spotlight: Jeannine Bell

As a social justice activist and scholar raised in 1970s Detroit, Jeannine Bell is no stranger to the challenges faced by marginalized populations today. Currently a professor at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law, Jeannine focuses on the systemic racism that...

Alumni Spotlight: Juan Jaen

“I wonder if I could go to school here.” That was Juan Jaen’s thought as he walked past the University of Michigan’s old chemistry building while visiting from his home city of Madrid (Spain). Anita, his girlfriend at the time, now his wife, replied, “Well, go inside...

Alumni Spotlight: Jeff Hansen

Where science went, so did Jeff Hansen, from a college campus to the newsroom and back again. With an undergraduate degree in Economics, a Ph.D. in Microbiology, and a career in journalism, his career path might seem nontraditional, but to him, it makes perfect sense....

Rackham Connect—Coming in Spring 2019!

We invite you, our alumni, to stay connected with Rackham and network with classmates, peers, and professionals in your field and in others.

As the school year progresses, keep an eye out for Rackham Connect, a platform in partnership with the Career Center’s University Career Alumni Network (UCAN). Not only will students be able to connect with alumni and potential mentors, but Rackham alumni will have a space to connect with one another.

Useful Information for Alumni

How can I update my contact information?

You can use the U-M Alumni Record Update Form to update your home address, business address, telephone number, fax number, or email address.

You may also contact our office to update your information:

Rackham Graduate School
University of Michigan
915 E. Washington Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1070
Telephone: (734) 764-1125
Fax: (734) 936-2848

Where can I obtain a copy of my diploma or transcript?

Contact the Registrar to request a replacement diploma or official copy of your transcript.

Where can I purchase a hood?

The Michigan Union Bookstore, located in the basement of the Michigan Union, sells hoods to graduating students, alumni, and faculty.

How can I learn more about career and placement services?

Contact the University’s Career Center to learn more about current services for students and alumni.