Memorial Service

2024 Memorial Service

The 2024 memorial ceremony will be on Tuesday, May 21, 2024, from 6-7:30 PM at Rackham Auditorium in Ann Arbor, MI.

Honoring the Gift of Knowledge

Rackham Auditorium

The annual memorial service held by the Anatomical Donations Program is a ceremony to honor donors and their families and thank them for the gift of knowledge. It is a time for family, friends, and the University of Michigan community to come together in remembrance of donors. There will be expressions of gratitude, thoughtfulness, and feelings in addition to a non-denominational invocation.

The memorial service is a public event, and anyone is invited to attend. Please email us at [email protected] with any questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

What time should I arrive?

Doors will open beginning at 5:30 PM. We recommend arriving 30-45 minutes before the service to ensure that you are able to be seated in a timely manner.

Will there be food served?

Food will not be served, but we will have light refreshments (coffee, water, and lemonade).

Is there a dress code?

Please dress comfortably. Most guests typically wear business casual attire, or clothes appropriate for a funeral or wake.

How many people may I bring?

To allow for all donor families to be represented, please no more than 10 guests.

Are masks necessary?

Masks are not required, but please wear what feels comfortable for you.

Do I have to purchase tickets or RSVP?

Tickets are not required, nor is it required that you RSVP.

What can I expect to experience?

A service of reflection and thanks for the generous gift that our donors and their families selflessly gave to allow the gift of knowledge.

Will there be a religious service?

The purpose of the Memorial Service is to honor our donors and their loved ones. There will be expressions of gratitude, thoughtfulness, and feelings. There will be a non denominational invocation.

If I can’t attend the service, will it be recorded?

Our service will be broadcast via livestream. Watch the livestream via YouTube →

What if I would like to make a monetary donation to the Anatomical Donations Program?

We welcome monetary donations to help advance the gift of knowledge. If you feel moved to give, please contribute to the program via the U-M Leaders & Best website to make a donation.

Where is the ADP Memorial Gardens?

The UM-ADP Memorial Gardens is located in Washtenong Memorial Park (3771 Whitmore Lake Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48105).

Please submit the invitation request form for the memorial service, so we can send you a formal invitation. You do not need a formal invitation to attend, and please feel free to bring any friends and family.

Memorial Service Location

915 E. Washington St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

University of Michigan Burial Sites

Washtenong Memorial Park, 1988-Present 
3771 Whitmore Lake Rd 
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 
Phone: 734-665-6187

United Memorial Gardens, 1963-1987 
4800 Curtis Rd 
Plymouth, MI 48170 
Phone: 734-454-9448

Fairview Cemetery, 1915-1963 
1401 Wright St. 
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Phone: 734-994-2768

University of Michigan Anatomical Donations needs your help! We are missing pictures of the memorial service from 1915 to present. Please contact us if you have any photos you would like to share or simply e-mail them to us at [email protected]