University of Miami Newsletter

April 2016

Commencement Reminders

Commencement Reminders

Is your student graduating this year? Be sure to visit the Commencement Web site at for the full ceremony schedule, parking information, and more! All ceremonies will be held in the BankUnited Center at the University of Miami Coral Gables campus. There are no tickets required for any of the ceremonies so all family members and friends are welcome to attend this momentous occasion. University of Miami announcements, invitations, and other graduation products, including diploma frames and school jewelry, may be ordered at We look forward to welcoming you to UM to celebrate your student’s achievements as a 'Cane! If you have any questions, you can contact the Office of Commencement at 305-284-1824 or


Spring 2016 Schedule

Honors Day Convocation 
-Thursday, May 5, 2016

  • 11 a.m. – By invitation only.

For more information on the Honors Day Convocation please contact the Office of Academic Enhancement at (305) 284-3187 or

Graduate Degree Ceremony
- Thursday, May 5, 2016

  • 4 p.m. – All graduate degrees, all schools and colleges (except School of Law and Miller School of Medicine M.D. Degrees)

Undergraduate Degree Ceremonies
- Friday, May 6, 2016

  • 8:30 a.m. – Arts and Sciences and Continuing and International Education 
  • 1 p.m. – Architecture, Communication, Education and Human Development, Marine and Atmospheric Science, Music, and Nursing and Health Studies 
  • 5 p.m. – Business Administration and Engineering 

Greek Week

Greek Week

It has been a busy spring semester for Greek Life.  The University of Miami is a deferred recruitment campus meaning freshmen can only join in the spring semester.  As such we were pleased to welcome over 700 new members during the spring recruitment process.  Over the past several weeks, new members have participated in educational and Greek orientation events such as a New Member Symposium where they have had the opportunity to meet new members from all organization and learn about the values and expectations of joining a fraternity or sorority at the University of Miami.  Most of them have already been initiated into their organizations. 


In addition all members of Greek Life have participated in philanthropy and service events including our annual Greek Week – where the entire community came together in a week long competition to once again this year raise over $35,000 for United Cerebral Palsy and donate nearly 1000 pints of blood to help save lives as well.   The community is looking forward to our annual Association of Greek Letter Organizations awards reception on April 14th – where we have the opportunity to recognize outstanding individuals and chapters for their contributions to the community this year – and where we will also award several scholarships.  If you ever have any questions or concerns about your son or daughters Greek Life experience, please do not hesitate to contact Dean Priepke in the Dean of Students Office at or 305-284-5353.

Student Government Election Results

Student Government (SG)

The student body came out to elect their Student Government (SG) representatives this February.  On February 17th, the “True to U” ticket was elected to represent the student body for the 2016-2017 academic year.  The “True to U” team included junior Vikesh Patel (president), junior Ashley Pittaluga (vice president) and junior Morgan Owens (treasurer).  Additionally, nine of the SG Senate seats were filled with the remaining seats up for election during the fall semester.

This election featured a new senate representative seat for transfer students. After displaying substantive need, the SG Senate decided to add seats for transfer seats in order to give a voice and face to a student population that was not receiving resources it needed. Senator Monica Bustinza, a transfer from Miami Dade College, has a strong passion for civic engagement and is excited to bring the needs of transfer students forward to the senate.


After a two-month transition period, the newly elected representatives will be sworn in on April 7th and will begin working immediately on their campaign promises. Their platform includes early access to class syllabi, a universal software cloud, recycling in the Panhellenic suites, expanded student leadership resources, wifi on the Hurry ’Cane shuttles, and more.   


SG is modeled after the federal government with three branches: executive, legislative and judicial.  Those groups plan to work together with university administration to accomplish their goals of improving the student experience at UM.  For more information on their initiatives or for contact information, please visit



University Center Pool Reopening Celebration

Internships are a key component in the job-search process for those looking to join the work force immediately after college. The Toppel Career Center is committed to providing students the opportunity to find internships where they will gain and develop skills as well as measure their interest in a particular role or company/organization.

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, overall, 56.5 percent of students who performed an internship or co-op received a job offer, while only 36.5 percent of those with no internship/co-op experience received a job offer (NACE, 2015).
Here are a few tips for families and students when it comes time to apply for internship opportunities.

  • Plan ahead: Internships (especially competitive ones) can get filled quickly, which is why it is essential to apply early. Not all industries have set timelines, nor do all industries operate on academic calendars, however we encourage students and employers to think a semester ahead, at least. We’d encourage students to schedule an advising appointment to discuss the best ways to search for opportunities. 
  • Network: Ask around to find opportunities. A family member or family friend may know of someone who is hiring interns. Encourage your student to seek out networking opportunities on campus.
  • Prepare to apply: Your student will need to create an updated resume and will need a well-written cover letter. The Toppel Career Center offers walk-in appointments for students Monday- Friday from 9am-4:30pm for this very reason.
  • Prepare to interview: Interviews can be intimidating for students, especially if they’ve never had one before. Toppel offers opportunities for students to engage in practice interviews to help them prepare for this experience. We will tailor the interview to the student’s field/major and provide feedback on performance as well as provide tips on responses, body language, professional dress and more!
  • Maximize the internship experience: The Toppel Career Center wants to ensure that students are making the most of their internship. We encourage students to take ownership of their experience and ask for more responsibility as well as to capitalize on their contacts.  Students can obtain academic credit for their internship experience in the form of a one-credit notation by participating in the Toppel Internship Program.

Please feel free to contact our office at (305) 284-5451 if we can be of any assistance to you or your student(s).


End of Semester Transportation

Metro to Miami International Airport

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.

Important Dates for Fall 2016

August 18 Housing Available for Continuing Students
August 31 Last Day for Registration and to Add a Course
October 6-9 Family Weekend
October 14 Last Day to Apply for Graduation for Fall
October 20 – October 23 FALL RECESS
November 19 – November 27   THANKSGIVING RECESS
December 14 Last Day of FINALS- SEMESTER ENDS


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