April 2017

Commencement Reminders

The Spring 2017 Commencement Ceremonies will take place May 10th – 12th at the Watsco Center (formerly the BankUnited Center) on the Coral Gables campus. Guests do not need tickets or parking passes, and there is no limit on the number who may attend. Be sure to visit the Commencement Web site at miami.edu/commencement for the full ceremony schedule, parking information, and more!



University of Miami announcements, invitations, and other graduation products including diploma frames and school jewelry may be ordered with Herff Jones.

Schools and colleges will host receptions for their graduates and their families and guests. Please contact your school or college for more information regarding time and location.

All students who applied for graduation by the March 3rd deadline will be provided with a cap and gown. Cap and gown orders are placed using the height and weight provided on the Application for Graduation and will be distributed at the Toppel Career Center on May 9th and May 10th from 8:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. For more information contact Toppel Career Center at 305-284-5451.

The Office of Commencement can be reached at 305-284-1824 or commencement@miami.edu.

We look forward to welcoming you to campus in May!

Preparing for Finals

The Camner Center for Academic Resources is here to ensure that all University students succeed in their academics. As the end of the semester is quickly approaching, your student may need a little extra support to endure the challenges ahead during Finals Week. The following are a few “Family Tips” that can provide some guidance on how to do so.

  • Family Tip #1: : Encourage your student to utilize resources on campus. The Camner Center houses multiple academic resources, such as Learning Specialist appointments where students can discuss time management and organizational tips and strategies for studying, note-taking, and test-taking, as well as Peer Tutoring which offers hands-on assistance in a variety of courses. In addition, there are several other free resources available on campus, such as Biology Department tutoring, Chemistry Resource Center, Electrical and Computer Engineering Honors Society tutoring, Math Lab, Physics Academy, and the Writing Center.
  • Family Tip #2: : Motivate your student. Drawing on the support of everything that is positive in a student’s life helps to maximize exam performance. Make sure to acknowledge the large amount of pressure and stress they’re experiencing, but ensure them that you’re here to support them and that you’re proud of them. Also, tangible pieces of encouragement can be a nice surprise too! Sending a thoughtful card or care package to your student will definitely brighten their day.
  • Family Tip #3: : Share a few tips with your student about getting through finals. Remind them to get rest and take breaks, to organize their time, to visit Camner Center, and to stay focused. But be careful not to overwhelm them- just give suggestions, then step back. Please respect their time if need be.
In addition to these tips, your student can also benefit from reviewing the handout below on how to prepare and study for finals.
Study for Finals

Student Government- New Executive Board


Student Government held spring elections to select the undergraduate student leadership for the next academic year. The Unlimited ticket, featuring Adrian Nuñez, Coleman Reardon, and Emily Bajalia, was elected after a week long campaigning process and numerous appearances on campus media outlets, like the Miami Hurricane Newspaper and UMTV. President Nuñez, Vice President Reardon, and Treasurer Bajalia want to focus on improving the student experience, such as through a graduate, law, and medical school mentorship program with current undergraduates, a Just Ask campaign to raise awareness of mental health resources, and parking pass system reform.

On April 20, these student leaders will be sworn into their positions. This will begin their journey in working with administration and students to accomplish their mission and to advocate for student needs. This transition also means that Student Government will be recruiting for board positions. UOutreach programming team, Supreme Court, Board of Communications, Academic Liaison Council, and Campus Liaison Council will all be looking for new students. Encourage your student to apply for a Student Government leadership role as this is a great way to meet students and staff and to learn more about the University of Miami.

Student Government is made up of 3 branches: executive, legislative, and judicial; and 2 agencies: Category 5 The Spirit Programming Board and Elections Commission. This makes up a student organization of more than 150 members. You can stay current and share what Student Government is up to at https://miami.edu/SG

Residence Hall Closing Dates


The end of another successful semester is almost here! Below is some important information for students living in on-campus housing.

Resident students should move-out within 24 hours after their last final exam

All students are expected to check out of their rooms and apartments no later than 24 hours after their last final exam; all students are required to check-out no later than noon on Friday, May 12th. Graduating students and those participating in Commencement must check out of their rooms and apartments no later than noon on Saturday, May 13th. Visit our new and improved website for more information.

Checking out includes the removal of all personal belongings and completing a checkout envelope available at your student’s residential area reception desk. The Department of Housing and Residential Life will again be working with Goodwill of South Florida to provide residents an opportunity to donate their gently used goods rather than throwing those items away.


Summer housing is available to UM students

Did your student secure a summer internship in Miami? Enrolled in a summer class? Or do they simply want to get the most out of Miami and stay in town for the summer? Regardless of your student’s summer plans, we are happy to offer summer housing for UM students. Those interested in Summer Housing must sign-up via the “UM Housing” link in CaneLink by May 1st to receive the greatest priority. During the summer, double occupancy rooms in Pearson Residential College and various apartment models in the University Village (students must have completed 60 + credits) are available.

End of Semester Transportation

As the semester finishes and housing closes, your student may be looking for ways to get to the airport. Here are some tips about how to travel to both Miami International Airport and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Metro to Miami International Airport:
  • Get on Metro at University stop
  • Take Orange Line to Miami International Airport
Metro to Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport:
  • Get on Metro at University stop
  • Take Green Line to Tri-Rail stop
  • Take Tri-Rail to Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport stop at Dania Beach
  • Take Bus to Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport
Super e-Z Taxi (305) 885-5555
Central Cabs (305) 532-5555
Super Yellow Cabs (305) 888-7777
Yellow Cabs (305) 444-4444
Yellow Cab Southwest (305) 266-7799
Miami Yellow Cab (305) 400-0000

Super Shuttle:
SuperShuttle 1-800-258-3826
Airport Express 786-431-9437
Airport Shuttle MIA-FLL 1-877-871-7999

For more information, visit this website: https://umshare.miami.edu/web/wda/parking/parking/

Important Dates for Fall 2017

August 17 Housing Available for Continuing Students
August 30 Last Day for Registration and to Add a Course
September 21-24 Family Weekend
October 13 Last Day to Apply for Graduation for Fall
October 12 – October 15 FALL RECESS
November 18 – November 26 THANKSGIVING RECESS
December 13 Last Day of FINALS- SEMESTER ENDS

UM in the News

Physics Professor Wins Air Force Grant- http://everitas.univmiami.net/2017/03/24/76356/

UM’s Rosetta Stone- http://news.miami.edu/stories/2017/03/ums-rosetta-stone.html

Gender inclusive housing offers comfort, flexibility- http://www.themiamihurricane.com/2017/03/29/

Orange Festival celebrates campus traditions- http://www.themiamihurricane.com/2017/03/23/

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