The University of Michigan’s flagship campus celebrated its spring commencement today, awarding degrees to more than 3,000 bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral candidates.
Among the graduates was Las Vegas native Jonathan Tarr, who received a master of urban planning degree from Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. He focused his studies on community and economic development, and co-authored a master’s project on transforming a vacant, tax-foreclosed home into a green energy demonstration center in the nearby city of Flint, Michigan.
Tarr was a Rackham Merit Fellow during his time at Michigan, and also had an article published in Agora, the Urban and Regional Planning Program’s student journal. The article is titled “Tall Urban Form and Counting as an Expression of Power” and addresses how urban planners and real estate developers have used skyscrapers to assert the symbolic and economic power of cities.
After graduation, Tarr plans to move to Washington, D.C. to work as a research intern with the non-profit Urban Land Institute.
Tarr is the son of Earl and Eudelia Tarr of Las Vegas and is a 2001 graduate of Robertson High School, and received his bachelor’s degree from Duke University in 2005.
President Mary Sue Coleman presided over the ceremony in the iconic Michigan Stadium, and Michigan Governor Rick Snyder delivered the commencement address.