CMU names May commencement speakers

University increasing number of tickets to graduates
Commencement

A distinguished Central Michigan University emeritus professor and dean, the president of White IEQ Consulting, a talented opera singer and Broadway actress, and a vice president of Microsoft Corp. will share their insights with CMU's spring graduates May 9 and 10.

Keynote speakers planned for the four commencement ceremonies are:

  • Robert E. Kohrman, CMU emeritus professor and dean;
  • John Fikany, vice president, Microsoft Corp.’s U.S. Enterprise and Partner Group for the Central Region;
  • Teri Dale Hansen, opera singer and actress; and
  • W. Curtis White, chief technology consultant and president, White IEQ Consulting.

The doctoral ceremony will begin at 4 p.m. Friday, May 9, in Warriner Hall’s Plachta Auditorium. During this ceremony, CMU emeritus professor and dean of the College of Science and Technology Robert E. Kohrman will speak to the graduates. Kohrman has spent his life evolving the sciences through research and numerous funded grants in areas such as organic photochemistry and chemistry of flavonoids. He has been a member of numerous professional organizations and demonstrated his leadership on the Clarke Historical Library Board of Governors while also providing research for library exhibits such as “Drilling for Brine.” Kohrman will receive a Doctor of Science honorary degree.

For directions to Warriner Hall’s Plachta Auditorium, click here.

The three undergraduate/graduate ceremonies will take place Saturday, May 10, in the CMU Events Center’s McGuirk Arena.

At the 9 a.m. undergraduate/graduate ceremony, John Fikany, vice president of Microsoft Corp.’s U.S. Enterprise and Partner Group for the Central Region, will address the audience. During his 10 years with Microsoft, Fikany has served in a variety of senior leadership roles and has developed and led multiple businesses. His role as vice president of U.S. commercial sector industries group included manufacturing, financial services, health care, retail and distribution. He is an active member of the Detroit Economic Club, Focus: HOPE, Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the Boys and Girls Club of Southeastern Michigan. Fikany will receive a Doctor of Commercial Science honorary degree.

During the 1 p.m. ceremony, American opera singer and actress Teri Dale Hansen will address the graduates. Hansen, a 1987 CMU alumna, has received international recognition for her crossover abilities as a singing actress. She has sung leading roles with the Houston Grand Opera, Theatre in Pfalsbau, Glimmerglass Opera, Theatre des Westens, Orlando Opera, Salle Esse, Florida Grand Opera and the Opera De Toulon. Hansen has received international recognition for her abilities as an opera singer and Broadway actress and is a Kennedy Center Irene Ryan Award nominee as a leading actor for her performance in Bertolt Brecht’s “The Caucasian Chalk Circle.” Hansen will receive a Doctor of Fine Arts honorary degree.

W. Curtis White, chief technology consultant and president of White IEQ Consulting, will speak at the 5:30 p.m. ceremony. White has been involved in the research, development, registration and commercialization of antimicrobial agents since 1962. He has served as a teacher as well as working at The Dow Chemical Co., F. Jos Lamb, Dow Corning and Aegis. From 1991 to its sale in 2010, he was the founder, co-owner, CEO, chairman of the board, and director of research and development for Aegis Environmental Management. White will receive a Doctor of Commercial Science honorary degree.

For directions to the CMU Events Center’s McGuirk Arena, click here.

Commencement guest ticket numbers increase

CMU will make additional tickets available to graduates for all three ceremonies Saturday, May 10. In the past, up to six tickets were given to the graduates. That number will increase to eight this spring — five for seating in McGuirk Arena and three for the Simulcast Room.

The Simulcast Room will be located in the Student Activity Center’s Large Sports Forum. It will be equipped with comfortable seating, along with two 18' x 20' screens and two 9' x 12' screens for viewing the ceremony.

The ceremonies will be streamed live here. Adobe Flash Player, available free of charge, is required to view the ceremonies. Download Adobe Flash Player here.