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Message from Professor Robert Franzese, Director, Program in International and Comparative Studies.

Dear graduating International Studies students,

I hope you all are staying safe and well!

We imagine this may feel an especially stressful and confusing time for you to be approaching what can in the “normal-est” of times sometimes seem quite stressful and confusing: graduation! Please know that PICS is here to support your culminating semester and graduation however we can; do reach out if we can maybe answer questions, find more info, or be of any help. As you know, as part of the university-wide and state-wide measures to stem the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, all University of Michigan Spring 2020 Commencement ceremonies, including PICS’, have been canceled. We of course recognize the appropriateness and crucial importance of these measures, and, as previously announced, have cancelled the April 30, 2020 Program in International and Comparative Studies in-person Graduation Reception and Ceremony at the Michigan Theater.

However, we at PICS remain firmly committed to celebrating and recognizing our graduating seniors, and their families and support networks, as emphatically as we can manage in alternative (non-in-person) modes. Please know we are thinking hard and as creatively as we can about constructing a celebratory virtual experience, with some appropriate and befitting commemorations for our graduates and their support crews, and we plan to share more updates in the coming weeks. We will continue to share more information about other PICS 2020 Graduation initiatives in the coming weeks as it becomes available.

Please know, PICS is so proud of its graduating seniors and all their accomplishments. We look forward to celebrating the U-M Program in International and Comparative Studies Graduating Class of 2020!

Kind regards,

Robert J. Franzese, Jr
Director, Program in International  and Comparative Studies
Professor & Associate Chair, Department of Political Science
The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor