Published: April 27, 2007

MSU students among college commencement speakers

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State University students will share their MSU experiences and words of advice with fellow students at individual college spring 2007 commencement ceremonies.

The college ceremonies, which feature the presentation of various alumni, student and other awards, are in addition to MSU’s undergraduate convocation for all undergraduate candidates and the advanced degree ceremony.

Of the 8,498 undergraduate degree candidates, 6,338 are spring 2007 semester students and 2,160 are summer 2007 degree candidates.

A total of 1,380 master’s, 492 doctoral and 385 other advanced degree students are candidates for degrees.

The main and student speakers at individual college ceremonies and the undergraduate degree counts are listed below, as well as the time and location of the ceremonies.

Thursday, May 3

College of Osteopathic Medicine, 11 a.m., Wharton Center for Performing Arts. Max McKinney, a retired family medicine physician from Farmington Hills, will present the commencement address.Ryan Hamby, of Hudsonville, the president of the college’s class of 2007, will present student remarks.

Friday, May 4

MSU Undergraduate Convocation, 1 p.m., Jack Breslin Student Events Center. Jaime Escalante, a mathematics teacher whose life inspired the 1988 movie “Stand and Deliver,” will address undergraduate candidates for degrees. He also will receive an honorary doctor of humanities.

College of Communication Arts and Sciences, 3:30 p.m., Jack Breslin Student Events Center.Allison Osmar, of Dewitt, a senior double majoring in advertising, and telecommunication, information studies and media, will provide the senior class address. There are 828 candidates for degrees.

College of Arts and Letters, 4 p.m., MSU Auditorium. LeAnna Gingras, of East Lansing, a senior majoring in philosophy, will present student remarks. There are 561 candidates for degrees.

College of Veterinary Medicine, 4 p.m., Wharton Center for Performing Arts. Steven Arnoczky, the Wade O. Brinker Endowed Professor of Surgery in the MSU Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, will present the commencement address. Catherine Psent, of Warren, president of the college’s class of 2007, will provide student remarks. There are 25 candidates for degrees.

Veterinary Technology, 7 p.m., E-100 Veterinary Medical Center. Mary Scherer, a 1977 MSU graduate and licensed veterinary technician specializing in small animal surgery at MSU, will present the commencement address. Jordan Rushlow, of Commerce Township, a senior majoring in veterinary technology, will provide student remarks for spring graduates. Melodi Gramig, of Frankfort, Ky., also a veterinary technology senior, will provide student remarks on behalf of the summer graduates.

MSU Advanced Degree Ceremony, 7 p.m., Jack Breslin Student Events Center. Julie Gerberding, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who played a major role in leading the CDC’s response to anthrax bioterrorism events of 2001, will address the candidates for advanced degrees. She will receive an honorary doctor of science.

Saturday, May 5

College of Social Science, 8:45 a.m., Jack Breslin Student Events Center. Jerry Weinberger, a political science professor at MSU, will present the commencement address. Clark Llamzon, of Evanston, Ill., a senior majoring in economics and political science, will provide student remarks.There are 1,279 candidates for degrees.

College of Nursing, 9 a.m., Wharton Center for Performing Arts. Teresa Wehrwein, a 1972 MSU graduate and an associate professor and assistant dean in the MSU College of Nursing, will present the commencement address. Jason Krencicki, of Troy, a senior majoring in nursing, will provide student remarks. There are 151 candidates for degrees.

College of Education, 9:30 a.m., MSU Auditorium. Joseph “Jay” Featherstone, professor emeritus of teacher education at MSU, will present the commencement address. Anna Cajiga, of Penfield, N.Y., a senior majoring in elementary education, and James Stottlemyer, of Fowlerville, a senior majoring in kinesiology, will provide student remarks. There are 414 candidates for degrees.

College of Natural Science, 12:30 p.m., Jack Breslin Student Events Center. Heather Harville, of Delton, a senior majoring in diagnostic molecular science, will present student remarks. There are 896 candidates for degrees.

James Madison College, 3 p.m., Wharton Center for Performing Arts. Marilyn Darling, a 1975 James Madison College alum and president and founding partner of the Signet Consulting Group in Boston, will present the commencement address. Megan Mary Hard, of Waterford, a senior majoring in political theory and constitutional democracy, will provide student remarks. There are 199 candidates for degrees.

The Eli Broad College of Business, 4 p.m., Jack Breslin Student Events Center. Bruce Leech, a 1978 Business College alum and partner of BTA Enterprises in Chicago, will present the commencement address. Kristen Wiescinski, of Kalamazoo, a senior majoring in supply chain management, will provide student remarks. There are 969 candidates for degrees.

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, 7:30 p.m., Jack Breslin Student Events Center. Michelle Rosen, of Farmington Hills, who graduated in December 2006 with a degree in fisheries and wildlife, will present student remarks. There are 570 candidates for degrees.

Sunday, May 6

College of Engineering, 1:30 p.m., Jack Breslin Student Events Center. Ronald Davis, of Concord, a senior majoring in civil engineering, will provide student remarks. There are 349 candidates for degrees.

Saturday, May 12

College of Human Medicine, noon, Wharton Center for Performing Arts. Daniel Michael, a neurological surgeon at the Michigan Head & Spine Institute, Southfield, will present the commencement address.

Sunday, May 13

MSU College of Law, noon, Wharton Center for Performing Arts. Elizabeth Janovic, of Lansing, president of the Student Bar Association, will provide student remarks. There are 279 candidates for degrees.

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