Spring Commencement Ceremonies May 5 Will Recognize 2,207 Candidates
Three separate Spring Commencement ceremonies at EKU on Saturday, May 5, will recognize a total of 2,207 degree candidates. Keynote speakers include the commander of the U.S. Army Forces Command, the president of the University of Michigan and the senior safety advisor to the director of Army safety.
The first ceremony, at 9 a.m., will recognize degree candidates in the College of Arts and Sciences. The second ceremony, at 1:30 p.m., will recognize degree candidates in the Colleges of Business and Technology and Education. The day’s final ceremony, at 5:30 p.m., will honor candidates in the Colleges of Health Sciences and Justice and Safety. All ceremonies are in Alumni Coliseum.
The keynote speaker in the 9 a.m. ceremony will be Dr. Brenda Miller, senior safety advisor to the director of Army safety, U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center at Fort Rucker, Ala., and functional chief representative for Career Program-12 (safety and occupational health). Also an assistant professor and course developer for Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, she serves as chair of the Gulf Coast Federal Safety and Health Council and is on the Alabama Governor’s Council for Safety and Health.
The keynote speaker for the 1:30 ceremony will be Gen. David Rodriguez, the 19th commander of the United States Army Forces Command. As commander of the Army’s largest organization, Rodriguez is responsible for manning, equipping and training 265,000 active component soldiers, and training and readiness oversight of 560,000 soldiers of the Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve. He has earned master’s degrees from the United States Naval War College and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, seen extensive combat experience and received many awards and decorations for his service.
Dr. Mary Sue Coleman, president of the University of Michigan since 2002, will serve as keynote speaker for the 5:30 p.m. ceremony. Coleman, who has been named by Time magazine as one of the nation’s “10 Best College Presidents,” is a Madison County native and attended Model Laboratory School. She holds several higher education leadership positions at the national level, including chair of the Association of American Universities, and led “The Michigan Difference,” a campaign to raise $2.5 billion for the future of the institution. At its conclusion in 2008, the total had reached $3.2 billion, the most ever raised by a public university.
Miller and Rodriguez will receive honorary doctor of laws degrees, Coleman an honorary doctor of science degree.
In all, 1,643 bachelor’s degree candidates will be recognized, plus 443 master’s degree candidates, 107 associate degree candidates, eight specialist degree candidates and six doctoral degree candidates.
Student speakers will be Sandra Carpenter, 9 a.m. ceremony; Amy Janowiecki, 1:30 p.m. ceremony; and Elizabeth Hagan, 5:30 p.m. ceremony.
College receptions for the graduates and their families will be held in the Fred Darling Gymnasium in Alumni Coliseum immediately after each ceremony.
The public is welcome to attend any of the ceremonies.