This past Friday, Mark Schlissel was officially inaugurated as the fourteenth president of the University of Michigan. Among those in attendance were Governor Rick Snyder and University of Michigan-Dearborn’s own Student Government President Sarah Elhelou and Vice President Bradley Pischea.
Along with being invited to the ceremony, both Elhelou and Pischea were active participants. Both students were in dress robes and Pischea was given the duty of carrying the UM-Dearborn flag.
“It was an honor to be able to attend the inauguration for the University of Michigan’s new President, Mark Schlissel. I was so excited to be the flag bearer for the Dearborn Campus’ Flag,” Pischea said.
With many students often not feeling a connection to the Ann Arbor campus, the representation of UM-Dearborn at the inauguration actively showed the relationship between the campuses.
Schlissel’s speech mentioned many topics important to current and future students, like affordability and maintaining values of diversity. UM-Dearborn students can relate very closely to issues such as these, especially as the campus values itself on inclusion and diversity.
“It is imperative we keep tuition affordable … and build the resources that allow … students to attend U-M regardless of their economic circumstances,” Schlissel said. This touches close to home with many current students making UM-Dearborn a first choice due to cost. UM-Dearborn also has a large volume of non-traditional students looking toward affordability.
With the continuing growth of UM-Dearborn, it was appropriate to have student leaders in attendance for a historic event such as this.
President Elhelou sent her warm wishes to Schlissel on saying, “[It] was truly unforgettable! So thrilled I had the opportunity to represent UM-Dearborn and participate in the Inauguration of Dr. Mark Schlissel, the 14th President of the University of Michigan! Welcome hoMe!