Published: April 24, 2000

MSU colleges announce May commencement speakers

EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State University's individual college commencement ceremonies will feature remarks by students, alumni and other distinguished guests, as well as presentations of various awards.

The individual college commencement ceremonies are in addition to undergraduate convocation and advanced degree ceremonies.

Convocation ceremonies will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, May 5, at the Jack Breslin Students Events Center. James D. Wolfensohn, president of the World Bank, will be the speaker and receive an honorary doctor of humanities. Arnold L. Demain, professor of industrial microbiology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will receive an honorary doctor of science at the ceremony.

Laura M. Sams, a graduating senior in zoology and parks, recreation and tourism resources, from Springfield, Va., will present the senior convocation address.

Advanced degree ceremonies will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, also at the Breslin Center. Rita R. Colwell, director of the National Science Foundation, will speak and receive an honorary doctor of science. Murray Goldstein, assistant surgeon general in the U.S. Public Health Service and current medical director of the United Cerebral Palsy Research and Education Foundation, will receive an honorary doctor of science.

Individual college ceremonies will be held Friday, May 5, and Saturday, May 6. College ceremony speakers are:


9 a.m. - College of Nursing, Wharton Center. Elizabeth Henry, vice president of care services at Sparrow Hospital, Lansing, will present the address. Student remarks will be presented by Kathleen Clark, a senior from Mason, and Kristin Madison, a senior from Kalamazoo.

3:30 p.m. - College of Communications Arts and Sciences, Breslin Center. The senior class address will be presented by Katherine Renee Yerman, a senior audiology and speech sciences major from Midland.

4 p.m. - College of Arts and Letters, MSU Auditorium. Carrie Preston, a senior English major from Williamston, will present the senior class address.

4 p.m. - College of Veterinary Medicine, Wharton Center. The address will be presented by N. Kent Ames, professor of large animal clinical sciences at MSU. Student remarks will be made by Maija Mikkola, a fourth-year veterinary student from Saginaw.


9 a.m. - College of Education, MSU Auditorium. The address will be presented by Nancy L. Zimpher, chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Student responses will be presented by Halima P. Ismail, a senior elementary education major from Grand Rapids, and Matthew R. Green, a senior kinesiology major from Canton.

9 a.m. - College of Social Science, Breslin Center. Marvin Schiller, former managing director of A.T. Kearney Inc. in New York City, now of Boca Raton, Fla., will present the address. Senior class remarks will be presented by Paul Weinberg, a senior landscape architecture major of Evart, formerly of LaGrange, Ill.

12:30 p.m. - College of Human Ecology, MSU Auditorium. Student presentations will be made by Susan Nicholson, a senior family and community services major from Lansing; Kendrin Sonneville, a senior nutritional sciences and dietetics major from Orchard Lake; and Nina Reis, a senior interior design major from Worthington, Ohio.

12:30 p.m. - College of Natural Science, Breslin Center. The senior address will be presented by Maia Carter, a senior physiology major from Ann Arbor.

3 p.m. - James Madison College, Wharton Center. Jamie Shea, adjunct faculty member in international relations in the James Madison College and spokesman and deputy director of information and press with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, will be the speaker. The student speaker will be Dahlia Dallo, a senior political theory and constitutional democracy major from Southfield.

4 p.m. - College of Engineering, MSU Auditorium. The senior class address will be presented by Jason Teshuba, a senior computer engineering major from East Lansing.

4 p.m. - The Eli Broad College of Business, Breslin Center. Robert Goodman, senior economic adviser and managing director of Putnam Investments out of Boston, Mass., will be the speaker. Arica Drummond, a senior finance and zoology major from Southfield will present the student remarks.

7:30 p.m. - College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Breslin Center. The student address will be presented by Brian R. Devine, a senior agribusiness management major from East Lansing.

Other college and program commencement ceremonies are also planned for May.

The College of Osteopathic Medicine will hold its ceremonies at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 4, at the Wharton Center. The speaker will be William Anderson, clinical professor in the Department of Surgical Specialties and associate dean of the Michigan Region for the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kirksville, Mo. William Morrone, a fourth-year osteopathic medical student from Lansing will present student remarks.

The Veterinary Technology Program baccalaureate degree commencement will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 5, in E-100 Veterinary Medical Center. The speaker will be Melvin C. Chambliss, former instructor in the MSU veterinary technology program, now at Alfred State College, Alfred, N.Y. Student remarks will be presented by Lynsey-Ann Short of Grand Haven, a senior in the veterinary technology program.

The College of Human Medicine will hold ceremonies at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 13, at the Wharton Center. The speaker will be Rev. John P. Foglio, assistant professor emeritus in the Department of Family Practice and campus minister of St. John's Student Parish in East Lansing.