The 2013 class of Michigan Engineering graduates entered the next phase of their lives with the Commencement Ceremony held Saturday, May 4 at Crisler Arena. The ceremony included laughter, tears and applause from students, friends and family - and an unexpected twist for many from the Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering David C. Munson Jr.
“As many know, we offer alternatives to the traditional handshake here at Michigan Engineering. Fist bumps, hugs, high fives and yes, even chest bumps, are acceptable,” said Munson during the ceremony.
“Just remember, I’m old. I’m very, very old,” he added, laughing.
True to his word, the dean delivered dozens of chest bumps, as well as taking “selfies” (self-portraits with students via mobile devices), doing the do-si-do and even receiving a Hawain lei from one student. Students and families unaccustomed to the Dean’s friendliness were ecstatic about the performance, and conversations on Twitter using the #UMCOE13 hashtag showed their surprise.
Tweeted Maruping Mangwedi (@Maru_123): “The Dean of the School of Engineering at the University of Michigan, David Munson Jr, is so very cool #UMCOE13.”
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