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On October 14, more than 1,500 students, special guests, and community members gathered to commemorate JFK’s “Peace Corps” speech on the steps of the Michigan Union.

We’ve selected a few of the best photos and video from that night here, along with photos of some of the other Peace Corps-related events happening on campus. Check back later as new event photos and video are posted.

A special thanks goes to the Hatcher Graduate Library, which hosted many Peace Corps exhibits and events.

And be sure to check out the slide show from The Michigan Daily and the National Peace Corps Association's photos on Facebook.

2AM Ceremony


Students watch A Passing of the Torch

A light rain didn’t dampen the spirits of the 1,500 + who attended

Peace Corps Director Aaron Williams addresses the crowd

Harris Wofford, Peace Corps Architect, talks with U–M student Steven Weinberg

The crowd was large and enthusiastic

Aaron Williams with Tom Hayden

10:30 AM Dedication

John Greisberger, International Center director, speaks at historical marker dedication

Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje and Peace Corps Director Aaron Williams

The dedication was covered by local media

Community members get a closer look

John Greisberger introduces Alan and Judy Guskin at marker dedication

Ghana Drums Performance

Fontomfrom drums from Ghana made the celebration even more special

The drums were commissioned by the U-M and will become a part of the U’s permanent collection

11AM Ceremony


The morning mid–ceremony was also well attended

Paul Courant was master of ceremonies

President Coleman addresses the gathering

Harris Wofford, former senator (PA) and Kennedy aide, helped create the Peace Corps

Signing Ceremony: Peace Corps Master’s International Programs

President Coleman and Director Williams sign the Memorandum of Cooperation

U–M deans and faculty members look on

National Symposium: The Future of International Service


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Part II

Part III

Part IV


U–M Alumini Association Reception

Surrounded by his family, Elder Nam receives Distinguished Alumni Service Award (DASA)

The overflow crowd recognized the four DASA recipients

Alan Guskin accepts his DASA award

Paul Theroux: How The Peace Corps Changed My Life

Theroux takes questions

Many people visited the Peace Corps exhibit in Hatcher Library, which runs through November 30.

Tom Hayden: “The Importance of Community Organizing”

Former Daily editor Hayden drew a large crowd

Tom Hayden

Aaron Williams: Inspiring the Next Generation of Volunteers

Panel discussion

Alex Pompe, grad student and RPCV, talks about life as a peace corps volunteer

Staff from the Peace Corps Chicago office were in Ann Arbor for the events, and spoke to the crowd about volunteering