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Reflection on Commencement

Throughout graduate school, I consistently heard from recent graduates that turning in the final copy of your dissertation—one of the most significant educational milestones—is one of the most anti-climactic. I always thought, “No, that’s not how it will be for me! How is that even possible?” And then I found myself in the basement of Rackham. I was turning in my dissertation and, much to my surprise, was underwhelmed with emotion. It felt comparable to turning in a small homework assignment and receiving a piece of paper with a “gold star” in return. As a graduate student, it is easy to lose sight of the big moments, and if you don’t intentionally make a point to celebrate them, no one will.

ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Awards Ceremony

Each year, a small number of truly exceptional dissertations completed at the University of Michigan are selected to be recognized with a ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award. Dissertations are nominated for this highly competitive award by dissertation committee Chairs, and vetted through a rigorous review process.

Earlier this week, ten Rackham Ph.D. graduates were honored with the ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award for their dissertations completed in 2016. Another eight students received an honorable mention. See the abstracts of the ten award-winning dissertations here: myumi.ch/a0rE3.

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