ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- The University of Michigan plans to give an honorary degree to the president of its in-state rival.
Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon will receive an honorary doctorate of laws degree during Michigan's December commencement in Ann Arbor.
In a statement, Michigan says Simon "has expanded MSU's reach in the state and around the world." She has headed up the East Lansing school since 2005.
National Public Radio correspondent and host Michele (MEE'-shel) Norris-Johnson will receive an honorary doctor of humane letters degree and deliver the winter commencement address. The ceremony will be held Dec. 15 at Crisler Center.
The Detroit Free Press reports Monday (http://on.freep.com/15BIrKs ) the awarding of the degrees will be formally approved by the U-M Board of Regents at its Friday meeting.
Click on the link below to see who else will be getting honorary degrees at the Winter Commencement Ceremony.