Local photographer Myra Klarman captured these images for The Chronicle of the May 1 University of Michigan commencement exercises at Michigan Stadium.
U.S. President Barack Obama, flanked by Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm on the left and University of Michigan president Mary Sue Coleman on the right.
University of Michigan students celebrate their graduation.
A University of Michigan student at the May 1 commencement.
Assorted footwear worn by University of Michigan students at graduation reflected the predicted thundershowers – which did dump a lot of water on the stadium in the early morning hours. But by the time commencement ceremonies began at 11 a.m., the severe weather was past.
The crowd at Michigan Stadium in rain ponchos.
Security staff overlooking Michigan Stadium during commencement.
The crowd at Michigan Stadium attending Saturday's graduation ceremonies. See anyone you know?
Not everyone in the crowd was an Obama supporter.
A graduating UM student listens to Barack Obama's speech.
One of the large screens mounted at Michigan Stadium gave students a chance to see themselves live on TV.
Getting a good photo sometimes requires standing out in the crowd.
The broadcast booth for the Big Ten Network. Seated at right is Ken Fischer, president of the University Musical Society. Seated to the left is Huel Perkins, a Fox 2 News anchor.
Students did their best to snag photos of Obama.
Barack Obama, with his honorary doctoral hood stylishly askew.
On Sunday, see more commencement photos on Myra Klarman’s blog, Relish.