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Canceled - 2020 Stamps Commencement Ceremony
All Spring 2020 U-M commencement ceremonies have been canceled to limit the potential spread of respiratory viruses and safeguard those at highest risk of catching COVID-19.

The 2020 Stamps Commencement celebration will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, May 2 at North Campus Research Complex Building 18. The celebration includes short speeches by graduating undergraduate and graduate students and a commencement address by Stamps alumna Patrice Martin (BFA ‘99), CEO and Co-founder, The Holding Co.

About Patrice Martin

Patrice is the CEO and Co-founder of The Holding Co., a lab re-designing how we care for each other in the 21st century. In collaboration with IDEO and Pivotal Ventures, the incubation and investment company by Melinda Gates, The Holding Co. partners with innovators–for-profit, nonprofit, and government, alike–to build systemic solutions to care and make women and family’s lives more functional and joyful. Think: new technology to age in place, new services to ease household labor, more affordable and higher quality childcare, and more.

Patrice is also the co-founder of, the non-profit design organization launched from IDEO in 2011. Patrice built the organization into a thriving center for design thinking in the social sector through work with partners across the issues of reproductive health, financial inclusion, early childhood development, and more. At Patrice also created Design Kit, a digital platform teaching human-centered design, serving more than one million learners.

Before founding, Patrice was a Design Director with IDEO where she led teams focused on large-scale systems change in the private and social sectors. Patrice now serves on the Board of Directors for Juma Ventures and the Advisory Board for Freedom Forward. Patrice holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Michigan.

The Stamps Commencement ceremony takes place after the 10 am Central Campus Spring Commencement at Michigan Stadium.
No tickets are required, but seating is limited.

Stamps School of Art & Design Commencement
Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 2 pm
North Campus Research Complex (NCRC), Building 18
2800 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor MI 48109

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