Published: April 26, 2001


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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 4, at the Jack Breslin Students Events Center. Tom Izzo, men's basketball head coach, and Ron Mason, ice hockey head coach, will speak and both will receive an honorary doctor of education degree.

Adam L. Wright of Grand Ledge, a senior majoring in political theory in the James Madison College, will present the senior convocation address. Wright is the son of Barry Wright of Grand Ledge and Lorraine LeFerriere of Eaton Rapids.

Advanced degree ceremonies will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, also at the Breslin Center. Wendy Baldwin, deputy director of extramural research at the National Institutes of Health and visionary leader in bioengineering and bioethics, will speak and receive an honorary doctor of science degree.

Individual college ceremonies will be held throughout the month of May. Ceremonies are listed below.


11 a.m. - College of Osteopathic Medicine, Wharton Center. John B. Crosby, executive director of the American Osteopathic Association, will present the address.


3:30 p.m. - College of Communication Arts and Sciences, Breslin Center. Kara Kurzym, a senior advertising major from Sterling Heights, will present the senior class address.

4 p.m. - College of Arts and Letters, Auditorium. Tim Carmody of Detroit, a senior majoring in philosophy, will present the senior class address.

4 p.m. - College of Veterinary Medicine, Wharton Center. Dr. David Ramsey, assistant professor in MSU's Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, will present the address.

7:30 p.m. - Veterinary Technology, E-100 Veterinary Medical Center. Mary Scherer, veterinary technician and teaching technician at the College of Veterinary Medicine's Veterinary Teaching Hospital, and Cassandra Vong, coordinator of veterinary surgical teaching laboratories in the College of Veterinary Medicine and president of the Michigan Association of Veterinary Technicians, will be the speakers.


9 a.m. - College of Education, Auditorium. E. Sharon Banks, superintendent of the East Lansing Public Schools, will present the address. Trish Lupocki of Grand Rapids, a senior majoring in special education with a specialization in deaf education, and Cristi Dikeou of Wixom, a senior majoring in kinesiology, will present student remarks.

9 a.m. - College of Social Science, Breslin Center. Donna Hrinak, United States Ambassador to Venezuela, will present the address. Timothy McCarthy of Lansing, a senior majoring in psychology, will make student remarks.

9 a.m. - College of Nursing, Wharton Center. Lorna Harris, professor and former dean of the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical University in Greensboro, N.C., will present the address.

12:30 p.m. - College of Human Ecology, Auditorium. Colleen Nauszelski of New Baltimore, a senior majoring in family and child ecology; Dawn Hufnagel of Battle Creek, a senior majoring in food science and human nutrition; and Andrea Golding of West Bloomfield, a senior majoring in human environment and design, will present senior class remarks.

12:30 p.m. - College of Natural Science, Breslin Center. Catherine Kulp of Northville, a senior majoring in mathematics in the Lyman Briggs School, will present the senior class address.

3 p.m. - James Madison College, Wharton Center. Richard Cordray, attorney and James Madison College alumnus, will present the address. Barbara Telck of Redford, a senior majoring in social relations, will give student remarks.

4 p.m. - Eli Broad College of Business, Breslin Center. Lucy Nunez of Brooklyn, N.Y., a senior majoring in finance, will present the senior class address.

7:30 p.m. - College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Breslin Center. Megan Wheaton of Charlotte, a senior majoring in agribusiness management, will present the senior class address.


1:30 p.m. - College of Engineering, Breslin Center. Eric Williams of Haslett, a senior majoring in chemical engineering, will present the senior class address.


10 a.m. - College of Human Medicine, Wharton Center. Michael Louis Bennish, recipient of the MSU Distinguished Alumni Award and current director of the Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies in South Africa, will present the address.


12 p.m. - MSU Detroit College of Law, Wharton Center.