The 2015 Stamps Commencement celebration will be held on Saturday, May 2 at 2:00 pm in the Art and Architecture Courtyard. The celebration includes short speeches by graduating undergraduate and graduate students and a commencement address by Elizabeth Redmond (BFA 2006), founder and CEO of coWorkr.
Elizabeth Redmond is a self proclaimed design-trepreneur. Since graduating from the Stamps School in 2006, she has paved her own roads as a designer, entrepreneur and company Founder and CEO. Her work has been published in the New York Times, Forbes Magazine, Fast Company and others and she has appeared on national TV on the Discovery, Science and Sundance Channels. This work has taken her around the globe and back a few times and she attributes much of this to a burning desire to constantly push herself to uncomfortable summits, and more importantly, to make an impact on the world that will outlive her.
Throughout her BFA, she was inspired both by responsible design and combining technologies to create novel, yet needed products. As she set out on her 4th year IP work, she was struck with an idea: What if we could capture energy exerted by people to generate the electricity we use every day? Inspired, Elizabeth designed a flooring system that converted energy from footsteps into usable power. In 2007 she formed POWERleap Inc and soon inked contracts with Nike, The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, InterfaceFLOR, Gillette, Haworth Furniture Company, and others. In 8 years her company has evolved and pivoted to their current product, coWorkr: a sensor-based design tool which helps companies optimize their workplace for a rapidly changing, mobile workforce, which is distributed in 48 countries. Stepping out of her usual tech space, Elizabeth recently furthered her entrepreneurialism by launching a new apparel business with her sister called “hide & cheek” — a body-hugging basics line using fabrics that nourish, protect and heal the skin.
Saturday, May 2, Ceremony Begins at 2:00
Art & Architecture Building Courtyard, 2nd Floor, 2000 Bonisteel Blvd.
Reception: There will be a reception immediately following the ceremony on the first floor of the art and architecture building, in the hall near Slusser Gallery.
Ceremony Location: The Ceremony is held outside, in the Art & Architecture Building Courtyard, under a tent. Please dress appropriately for the weather.
Parking: parking in Lot# NC 43 Behind A&A Bldg. off Fuller Rd (map). Parking is free and you may park your car in any open parking space.
Handicap Accessibility: There will be ushers available inside to assist.
Information for Families and Graduates: Graduates should arrive at 1:45 pm and gather on the 2nd floor at the side of the courtyard closest to Slusser. Cap and Gown is optional.
You do not need tickets. There is no limit to the number of guests you may bring.
Information about U‑M Ceremony: You can find more information about the University-wide ceremony at commencement.umich.edu (On the UM website, graduation ceremony information is listed under “Spring Commencement”).