Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder will be one of three speakers for Michigan State University's December commencement ceremonies.
Ceremonies will be held Dec. 14-15 at the Breslin Center in East Lansing. Snyder will speak at the 10am Dec. 15 ceremony and will receive an honorary doctorate of laws. He will address undergraduates from the colleges of Arts and Letters, Broad Business, Education, Music and Social Science, as well as the James Madison College and the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities.
Johnnetta Cole, director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, will speak at 2 p.m. Dec. 15. Earning an honorary doctorate of humane letters, she will address undergraduates from the colleges of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Communication Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Natural Science and Nursing, as well as Lyman Briggs College.
Also at that ceremony, Christopher Somerville, director of Energy Biosciences Institute, the world's first research institution solely dedicated to the new field of energy bioscience, will receive an honorary doctorate of science.
And Thomas Vilsack, secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will address advanced degree candidates at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 14 and will receive an honorary doctorate of laws. Also at that ceremony, Ian Cowx, director of Hull International Fisheries Institute at University of Hull, United Kingdom, will receive an honorary doctorate of science.
"We're honored to have such a distinguished group of speakers and honorees at commencement," said MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon. "As leaders in business, public policy, culture and science, they represent some of the most important areas of Michigan State's own scholarship and service."