CMU names December commencement speakers

Three ceremonies planned for Dec. 14
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A dedicated corporate CEO whose military story inspired a Grammy and Emmy Award-winning production, the top executive of a corporation regularly listed among Forbes’s 200 Best Small Companies in America, and star of the most popular show on National Geographic Wild will inspire Central Michigan University’s more than 3,500 fall and August graduates in three commencement ceremonies Saturday, Dec. 14.

Keynote speakers planned for the three commencement ceremonies are:

• Joseph B. Anderson Jr., chairman and chief executive officer, TAG Holdings

• Edward K. Christian, chairman, president, chief executive officer and founder, Saga Communications Inc.

• Dr. Jan H. Pol, veterinarian and star of National Geographic Wild’s “The Incredible Dr. Pol”

At the 9 a.m. ceremony, TAG Holdings chairman and chief executive officer Joseph B. Anderson Jr. will address the audience. Anderson is a well-respected business executive with more than three decades of experience, including 13 years in leadership positions at General Motors. He also is a decorated veteran; he and the infantry under his command inspired the Oscar- and Emmy-winning documentary film, “The Anderson Platoon.” Anderson will receive a Doctor of Commercial Science honorary degree.

During the 1 p.m. ceremony, Edward K. Christian, chairman, president, chief executive officer and founder of Saga Communications Inc. will address the graduates. He is a proud 1981 CMU master’s program alumnus who oversees operations of 91 radio stations, three state radio networks, two farm radio networks and nine television stations in 25 markets across the United States. Christian has received several awards for his accomplishments, including the 2012 Michigan Association of Broadcasters’ Lifetime Achievement Award and the 2009 National Association of Broadcasters’ National Radio Award. Christian will receive a Doctor of Commercial Science honorary degree.

Dr. Jan H. Pol, an experienced veterinarian, will speak at the 5 p.m. ceremony. Pol is dedicated to sustaining small family farms and promoting the health of the community. Specializing in large animal medicine, Pol has treated animals from more than 20,000 clients in his 42 years of practice. His experiences have led him to star in National Geographic Wild’s show “The Incredible Dr. Pol,” which is the channel’s highest-rated program. Pol will receive a Doctor of Public Service honorary degree.

The three undergraduate commencement ceremonies will take place in the CMU Events Center’s McGuirk Arena. For directions click here.

The ceremonies will be streamed live here. A QuickTime viewer is required to view the ceremony. The viewer can be downloaded free of charge here.