Presidential Visits to the University of Michigan

From the White House to the Big House, American presidents have been visiting the University of Michigan for more than 100 years.

Many of the presidential visits can be characterized the way Theodore Roosevelt summed up a daylong campus appearance in 1899: “I have had a corking good time.”


History was made here, too: John F. Kennedy announced the formation of the Peace Corps on the steps of the Michigan Union in 1960. And Lyndon Baines Johnson first spoke of the “Great Society” in his commencement speech in the spring of 1964.

With President Obama’s planned visit to campus April 2, he becomes the sitting president with the most appearances at U-M. He previously addressed the Class of 2010 at Spring Commencement, and spoke at Glick Fieldhouse on Jan. 27, 2012.

Photos: U-M News and Information Services records, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan