CMU May commencement speakers named

Four ceremonies planned for May 4 and 5
CMU Commencement
Central Michigan University’s more than 3,500 spring graduates will participate in four commencement ceremonies May 4 and 5 with inspirational messages from a variety of speakers. Brian Calley, Michigan’s lieutenant governor; Steven Triezenberg, director of Van Andel Education Institute; John Kulhavi, wealth management adviser at Merrill Lynch; and Joseph Wang, professor of nanoengineering at the University of California San Diego, will serve as keynote speakers.
At the 4 p.m. doctoral ceremony Friday, May 4, Van Andel Education Institute Director Steven Triezenberg will speak to graduates. He specializes in the field of biochemistry and molecular biology, and his work in gene expression has benefited the study of both science and medicine. Triezenberg will receive a Doctor of Science honorary degree.
The doctoral commencement ceremony will take place in Warriner Hall’s Plachta Auditorium. Go to for directions.
At the 9 a.m. undergraduate ceremony Saturday, May 5, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Advisor John Kulhavi, a prominent business, military and community leader, will address the audience. A 1965 CMU alumnus and former member and chairman of the board of trustees, Kulhavi is a member of Merrill Lynch’s “$5 Million Club” and ranks in the top one percent of the firm’s financial advisers. He will receive a Doctor of Commercial Science honorary degree.
During the 1 p.m. ceremony, Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley will speak to the graduates. He is Michigan’s 61st lieutenant governor and the nation’s youngest. Lt. Gov. Calley was elected to the Michigan House of Representatives in 2006 and has built a strong résumé of working with both Republicans and Democrats. Lt. Gov. Calley will receive a Doctor of Public Service honorary degree.
University of California San Diego Professor Joseph Wang will speak at the 5 p.m. ceremony. Wang is a professor of nanoengineering and a skilled and recognized researcher in many areas of nanobioelectronics. He has authored more than 850 research papers, 10 books and 35 chapters and has been awarded 12 patents. Wang will receive a Doctor of Science honorary degree.
The three undergraduate commencement ceremonies will take place in the CMU Events Center’s McGuirk Arena. Go to for directions.
The ceremonies also will be streamed live at

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