The 2014 Stamps Commencement celebration will be held on May 3 at 2:00pm in the Art and Architecture Courtyard. The celebration includes a steel drum band, short speeches by graduating undergrads and graduate students, and a commencement address by AKQA Chief Creative Officer and Stamps graduate Rei Inamoto.
Saturday, May 3, Ceremony Begins at 2:00
Art & Architecture Building Courtyard, 2nd Floor, 2000 Bonisteel Blvd.
Commencement Speaker: Rei Inamoto
Creativity Magazine has named Rei Inamoto (BFA ’97, BA ‘97) in their annual “Creativity 50,” Forbes Magazine calls him one of “the Top 25 Most Creative People in Advertising,” and he has been inducted into the Hall of Achievement by the American Advertising Federation. As chief creative officer for AKQA, Rei is responsible for delivering creative solutions for clients including Audi, Google, Nike and Xbox. He’s also been instrumental in making AKQA the first agency in history to receive five agency of the year accolades from publications such as Creative Review and Campaign, and in the firm’s selection as one of the 50 most innovative companies and the top agencies of the decade.
Rei is a frequent speaker at numerous conferences such as Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity, SXSW and Spikes Asia. His writing and opinions have been widely published in magazine’s like Fast Company and Contagious, making him a thought leader and a prominent voice in the industry.
Originally from Tokyo, Rei spent his childhood and teenage years in Japan and Europe. He then went to the US to complete his university studies with dual degrees from Stamps and LSA focusing on computer science — all before people were broadcasting their feelings, talking in 140 characters or less, or becoming friends with people they didn’t know.
He currently resides in New York.
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”).