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Acknowledge the GRADitude in Your Life!

On Wednesday, March 15, please join us in the Rackham lobby for our fourth annual GRADitude at Rackham event.

Join us for lunch and write a thank you note to alumni donors who give back to Rackham to support graduate students:

March 15
11:30am to 1:00pm
Rackham Lobby

Alumni gifts have a big impact on what Rackham can do to support graduate students. In 2016:

  • 2,858 gifts were given to support Rackham graduate students
  • 84% of donations were from Rackham alumni
  • 1,550 gifts were of $100 or more
  • 169 gifts were of $1,000 or more

Donor funding helps Rackham to disburse over $54 million in funding to graduate students every year, including:

Rackham Alum Gives $1 Million to Support Graduate Students

The Rackham Graduate School announces a $1million gift for initiatives identified by the dean that will support graduate students across campus. The gift comes from Rackham alumna Roz Abrams who received her Master’s degree in Speech from U-M in 1971 and considers her years in graduate school as one of the most important aspects of her life and success.

On this generous gift, she comments, “It is the obligation, duty, and honor of all people in this society who do well to give back. If it’s a question of money, that’s the least you can do out of the hope that any of the recipients live great lives and become good American citizens. I can help some people. I’m trying to brace myself because I have a place on the pyramid for others to stand on.”

This Road Isn't New: Alumni Share Their Career Journey to Help Grad Students

Over 500 Rackham alums have joined the Alumni Profiles database to serve as a resource for graduate students. They want you to have the chance to learn from their career paths and experiences to make graduate school more successful for future Rackham alumni.

This searchable tool allows students to find alums from different geographic locations, industries, and disciplines. Searching 'postdoc' or 'Duke University' or 'Education and Psychology' or 'New Jersey' will filter relevant content that can inform students regarding unique career paths and advice.