GALLERY: Special Olympics Michigan State Summer Games Day 2

Gymnastics, volleyball, swimming and powerlifting were all on athletes' schedules Thursday during day 2 of the 2023 Special Olympics Michigan State Summer Games on the Central Michigan University campus. The games wrap on June 2. 

Gallery: Special Olympics Michigan State Summer Games Day 1

Talented athletes from across the state are at Central Michigan University for the 2023 Special Olympics Michigan State Summer Games. The annual celebration of sport kicked off Wednesday and runs through Friday. Opening Day festivities included ceremonies, athletic competition, the annual Rev it up Motorcycle Procession and a carnival hosted by the Kiwanis Club.  

GALLERY: Alma Highland Festival

The annual Alma Highland Festival celebrates the beauty of Scotland with strongman games, Scottish pipe and drumming competitions and dancing contests, among many other attractions. Now in its 54th year, the festival took place May 26 through 28. 

GALLERY: Tulip Time parades and flowers in Holland

Tulip Time is a time of celebration and culture for the Holland community. People come to West Michigan from around the world to see and participate in the festivities. These photos from May 12 and 13 capture the final and largest parade of the week, as well as the blooming flowers in downtown Holland. 

GALLERY: Softball MAC Tourney CMU VS. Ohio

Central Michigan's softball team fell to Ohio 7-2 in game five of the Mid-American Conference softball tournament on Friday, May 12 in Oxford, Ohio. On the mound for CMU was junior Grace Lehto, redshirt senior Kaitlyn Bean and sophomore Madelyn Wallace. Junior outfielder Abbey Tolmie led the team on offense with three hits. Ohio advances to play Miami (Ohio) in the finals on Saturday, May 13 in Oxford, Ohio.

GALLERY: Softball MAC Tourney CMU VS. Ball State

Central Michigan's softball team defeated Ball State 4-1 in game three of the Mid-American Conference softball tournament on Friday, May 12 in Oxford, Ohio. Redshirt senior pitcher Kaitlyn Bean was on the mound for CMU. Junior outfielder Abbey Tolmie and sophomore infielder/utility player Allyssa Hollo led the team with two hits each. CMU will play game four's losing team, Miami (Ohio) or Ohio, at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, May 12. 

GALLERY: Softball MAC Tourney CMU VS. Ohio

Central Michigan's softball team lost to Ohio 2-0 in game one of the Mid-American Conference softball tournament on Thursday, May 11 in Oxford, Ohio. On the mound for CMU was junior pitcher Grace Lehto. Junior outfielder Abbey Tolmie and senior outfielder Kelsey Alexander had the only hits of the day with one a piece. CMU will play Ball State at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 12 in Oxford, Ohio. 

GALLERY: Graduate Student Commencement

Central Michigan University Graduate students celebrate their commencement on Friday, May 5, in McGuirk Arena. The 2023 Graduate students included those from the College of Medicine, Graduate certificates, Doctoral, Master's, and Specialist degrees. 

GALLERY: Softball vs Bowling Green

Central Michigan's softball team swept Bowling Green 5-1 and 5-0 in a doubleheader on Wednesday, April 26 at Margo Jonker Stadium. Redshirt senior pitcher Kaitlyn Bean was on the mound in the first game, and junior pitcher Grace Lehto pitched a no-hitter in the second, the first in program history since 2009. CMU extended their winning streak to 11 with the wins, bringing their overall record to 27-19 and conference record to 17-6.  

GALLERY: Lacrosse vs Eastern Michigan

Central Michigan's lacrosse team defeated Eastern Michigan 19-4 on Wednesday, April 26 at at the CMU Lacrosse Complex. Senior defender Hailie Moore also set a new program record of six turnovers in a single game. The win makes CMU 6-1 in conference play and 8-7 overall. The team is currently tied for first in the MAC with Kent State and Robert Morris. CMU will face Robert Morris on April 29 for the last game of the regular season. 

Spring 2023 Baby Grad Messages

Look who is graduating from Central Michigan University in May! 

Check out these special messages from your families!

GALLERY: Visuals Desk Best of April

The visuals desk best of for the month of April. All photos featured in this gallery were chosen by the photographers who took them.

GALLERY: Shepard Maple Syrup Festival

The annual Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival is held from April 27 to April 30 in Shepherd, Michigan. Events began as early as 9am each morning and went until 11pm most nights. Several activities were hosted including: a midway carnival, pony rides, sugarbush and syrup sales, and a maple syrup parade.  

GALLERY: Baseball vs Miami (OH)

CMU baseball won their series vs Miami (OH) with a series score of 2-1 Friday, April 28 to Sunday, April 30. This takes their overall record to 29-14 on the season.

GALLERY: UTDC Dress Rehearsal

The Central Michigan University Theater and Dance Company hosts the UTDC Dance Concert Dress Rehearsal with special guests Masashi Action Machine, coming from Nagoya, Japan, Wednesday, April 19 in Bush Theater. The artistic director of Masashi Action Machine is Kumiko Sakamoto, and the representative, choreographer and principal dancer is Masashi Mishiro. The UTDC Dance Concert went from Thursday, April 20 to Sunday, April 23 in Bush Theater.  

GALLERY: On The Rox Concert

Central Michigan University‘s On the Rox A Cappella group performs their spring concert Saturday, April 22 at the Broadway Theatre. The second half of their concert featured their five seniors that are part of the group. 

GALLERY: Indian Night

Indian Students Association hosts Indian Night Saturday, April 22 in McGuirk Arena. The event celebrated Indian culture through dance and music performances, as well as traditional Indian cuisine.


Multicultural Academic Student Services hosts Thowra Dabke to perform as part of Arab American Heritage Month Friday, April 21 outside Bovee University Center. Dabke is a traditional Middle Eastern dance performed at celebrations and weddings. The troupe performed styles traditional to Lebanon and Palestine and the audience had the chance to learn Dabke as well.

GALLERY: Program Board Earth Day Activities

CMU’s program board hosts earth day activities, Friday, April 21, in the student involvement center. This event is one of many that the program board hosts throughout each year and can range from a variety of different activities such as movie nights, game nights, and concerts, keeping students involved.