The first commencement
By the time of the university's first commencement on Aug. 6, 1845, the first days of the entering class must have seemed like ancient history. The Main Building — now called Mason Hall — was cramped and an expansion was in the works.
The first freshmen
Lyman Norris, George Parmelee, Judson Collins, William Wesson, Merchant Goodrich and George Pray can lay claim as the first entering class at U-M.
U-M's Uncle Jimmy
James Ottley, the University of Michigan's custodian and "hatman," was known to scores of U-M students as Uncle Jimmy.
A furry icon in the making
The pudgy, curious and oftentimes fearless squirrels that roam the Ann Arbor campus have delighted students, faculty, staff and visitors for decades.
The Wolverine jingle
Albert Ahronheim, a former Michigan Marching Band drum major and graduate assistant, created a full arrangement for the "Let's Go Blue" tune-and-cheer, but the history behind the iconic jingle is not as simple as one might predict.
The origins of 'Go Blue!'
History does not paint a clear, definite picture of how "Go Blue" became the rallying cry of University of Michigan Wolverines. Conflicting stories have it starting at U-M hockey or football games.
The history of maize and blue
In the late 1860s, a committee of U-M students charged with choosing the university's colors recommended that "azure blue and maize" be adopted as the institution's symbolic colors. The exact details of those colors have varied over the years.
Henry Carter Adams
Economist Henry Carter Adams started U-M’s first courses in business administration as well as courses in accounting, finance and marketing. Adams chaired the university’s department of economics until his death in 1921.
On June 25, 1863, the University of Michigan Board of Regents voted to remove the university's first president, Henry Philip Tappan, from office.
Although U-M's first president earned the love of students and the respect of many faculty, Henry Philip Tappan also had his fair share of critics.