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Central Michigan University Graduation Ceremony History

​​Below is a chronological list of graduation ceremonies that took place in honor of Central Michigan University graduates. Guest speakers for each ceremony are listed. For a small number of the years, the Clarke does not have the graduation program. Please contact us at if you have a program which would allow us to fill in missing information.




Central Michigan University founded

June 21, 1893

Hon. Henry R. Pattengill, Superintendent of Public Instruction





July 2, 1896

Dr. Richard G. Boone



June 16, 1898

Prof. Martin D'Ooge of Ann Arbor

June 12, 1899

Rev. Jean Frederick Lora, D. D.

June 8, 1900

(No speaker listed  on program)

June 11, 1901

Albert Leonard, PH. D., President Michigan System of Normal Schools

June 18, 1902

Hon. L. D. Harvey, Supt. Public Instruction, Wisconsin

June 25, 1903

Dr. A. E. Winship, Litt. D. Boston, Mass.







December 20, 1907

(No speaker listed on program)

June 24, 1908

Hon. F. G. Blair, State Superintendent of Public instruction, Springfield, Illinois





June 11, 1911

Hon. L. L. Wright, State Superintendent of Public Instruction

August 4, 1911

(No speaker listed on program)

August 2, 1912

President W. N. Ferris









June 20, 1917

Dr. Livingstone C. Lord, President Eastern Illinois State Normal School

August 3, 1917

Professor J. G. Carter Troop, New York City

March 22, 1918

President Charles T. Grawn
Remarks: Honorable Fred L. Keller, Superintendent of Public Instruction

June 19, 1918

R. Perry Shorts, Central Michigan Normal, 1900

June 25, 1919

Rev. G. G. Atkins, First Congregational Church, Detroit

March 26, 1920

Prof. Roy W. Hamilton, Alma College

June 23, 1920

James Schermerhorn, Detroit

August 6, 1920

Rev. Lloyd C. Douglas, First Congregational Church, Ann Arbor

March 24, 1921

Paul L. Voelker, Pres. Of Olivet College

December 15, 1921

Prof. John L. Brumm, University of Michigan

March 23, 1922

President J. W. Laird, Albion College

June 20, 1922

Charles T. Grawn, President Central Normal 1900-1918

December 14, 1922

Rev. Frederick Spence, Jackson



March 27, 1924

Rev. J. H. Green, Ionia

June 24, 1924

President E. B. Bryan, Ohio University

August 8, 1924

President Allan Hoben, Kalamazoo College

June 23, 1925

William McAndrew, Superintendent of Schools, Chicago

December 15, 1925

President H. M. Crooks, Alma College

March 25, 1926

Professor A. Eustace Haydon, University of Chicago

June 22, 1926

Rt. Rev. John N. McCormick, D.D., Bishop of Western Michigan

August 6, 1926

James Schermerhorn, Detroit

March 24, 1927

Prof. C. O. Davis, University of Michigan

June 20, 1927

Dr. Edward A. Steiner, Grinnell College

August 5, 1927

Dean H. C. Minnich, Miami University

December 13, 1927

Dr. Theodore G. Soares, University of Chicago

March 22, 1928

Dr. Herbert L. Willett, University of Chicago

June 18, 1928

William McAndrew

August 2, 1928

Prof. T. E. Rankin, University of Michigan

June 17, 1929

Dr. Thomas H. Reed, University of Michigan

August 1, 1929

Superintendent E. C. Hartwell, Buffalo, New York

March 27, 1930

Hon. Frank Cody, Superintendent of Schools, Detroit- Member of the State Board of Education

June 23, 1930

Dr. Ambrose L. Suhrie, Professor of Teachers College and Normal School Education,
New York University

August 7, 1930

President Walter P. Morgan, Western Illinois State Teachers College

December 16, 1930

Dr. E. A. Winship, Journal of Education, Boston

March 26, 1931

Mr. James Schermerhorn, Detroit

June 22, 1931

Dean Charles W. Gilkey, University of Chicago

August 6, 1931

President W. G. Spencer, Hillsdale College

December 15, 1931

Dr. Earl Barnes

March 24, 1932

President E. C. Warriner

June 20, 1932

Dr. Charles C. Morrison, Editor, Christian Century

August 4, 1932

Dr. C. O. Davis, School of Education, University of Michigan

December 20, 1932

President E. C. Warriner

March 23, 1933

Rabbi Philip F. Waterman, Grand Rapids

June 19, 1933

Rollo Walter Brown, Cambridge, Massachusetts

August 2, 1933

Dr. Paul F. Voelker, State Superintendent of Public Instruction

December 15, 1933

President E. C. Warriner

March 22, 1934

Dr. Raleigh Schorling, School of Education, University of Michigan

June 19, 1934

Dr. Franklyn Snyder, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois

August 2, 1934

Professor Floyd E. Armstrong, Life 1912 Massachusetts Institute of Technology

December 14, 1934

(No speaker listed on program)

June 24, 1935

Honorable Royal S. Copeland, United States Senator from New York

August 8, 1935

Professor Calvin O. Davis, University of Michigan

December 13, 1935

(No speaker listed on program)

March 27, 1936

Reverend Dr. Frederick B. Fisher, Detroit

June 22, 1936

Dr. George E. Vincent, Educator, Author and First President of the Rockefeller Foundation

August 6, 1936

Dean J. B. Edmonson, School of Education, University of Michigan

December 11, 1936

(No speaker listed on program)

June 21, 1937

Dr. T. V. Smith, Professor of Philosophy at University of Chicago and a member of the
Illinois State Legislature

August 5, 1937

Honorable Wynand Wichers, President of Hope College and Member of the
State Board of Education

December 10, 1937

(No speaker listed on program)

March 24, 1938

(No speaker listed on program)

June 20, 1938

Honorable Francis L. Bailey, Commissioner of Education for the State of Vermont
(Central- Life, 1915)

August 4, 1938

(No speaker listed on program)

December 14, 1938

(No speaker listed on program)

June 1939

Dr. E. C. Lindeman, New York School of Social Work

June 1940

Dr. H. M. Gage, President, Coe College

June 1941

A. J. Brumbaugh, Dean, University of Chicago

June 1942

Grove Patterson, President and Editor, The Toledo Blade            

June 1943

Frank Cody, President Emeritus, Wayne University

June 1944

Louis K. Anspacher, Dramatist, Poet, Lecturer, New York

June 1945

Grant H. Brown, Lieutenant, USNR, Asst. Dir. of Training, 9th Naval District

June 1946

Harry F. Kelly, Governor of Michigan

June 1947

Dr. Kenneth Brown, President, Denison University

June 1948

Mr. John Tebbel

June 1949

Dean L. D. Haskew, University of Texas

June 1950

Dr. Arthur Rice, Editor, The Nation's Schools, Chicago

June 1951

Glenn O. Blough

June 1952

President Leslie Holmes, Northern Illinois State Teachers College, DeKalb

June 1953

Dr. James D. MacConnell, School of Education, Stanford Univ.

June 1954

Dr. Herold C. Hunt, Grad. School, Harvard Univ.

June 1955

Dr. John A. Hannah, President, Michigan State, East Lansing

June 1956

Leland I. Doan, President, The Dow Chemical Company, Midland

January  1957

President Robert D. Swanson, Alma College

June 1957

Delyte W. Morris, President, Southern Illinois University

January  1958

Victor F. Spathelf, President, Ferris Institute

June 1958

Samuel Miller Brownell, Supt. of Schools, Detroit

January 1959

Benjamin C. Willis, Supt. of Schools, Chicago

June 1959

Dr. Stephen Nisbet, Fremont, Michigan

January 1960

William W. Whitehouse, President, Albion College

June 1960

Robert P. Briggs, Ex-Vice Pres., Consumers Power, Jackson

January 1961

Dr. Edgar L. Harden, President, No. Michigan, Marquette

June 1961

Arthur S. Flemming, Pres. Elect. Univ. of Oregon, Eugene

January 1962

President Arthur L. Knoblauch, Western Illinois, Macomb

June 1962

Dr. Susan B. Riley, Dept. of Eng., George Peabody College for Teachers, Nashville, TN 

January 1963

Carl A. Gerstacker, Dow Chemical Company, Midland

June 1963

Ramon Scruggs, AT&T, New York, NY

January 1964

John S. Diekhoff, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

June 1964

Anne Gary Pannell, Pres. Sweet Briar College

January 1965

Dana Rose, VP Bell Telephone Co. Detroit

June 1965

Noah Langdale, Pres., Georgia State College, Atlanta

January 1966

Rev. Reford Carr, Horshorn, Australia

June 1966

John Ciardi, Poetry Editor, "Saturday Review"

January 1967

Senator Robert P. Griffin, U. S. Senator

June 1967

Senator Robert P. Griffin, U. S. Senator

January 1968

John D. Millett, Chancellor, Ohio Board of Regents

June 1968

Mr. William G. Milliken, Lieutenant Governor of Michigan

January 1969

Stanley J. Idzerda, President, College of Saint Benedict

June 1969

James L. Farmer, Asst. Sec. for Admin., U.S. Dept. of HEW

January 1970

Jacqueline Granna Wexler, President, Hunter College

June 1970

N. Scott Momaday, Author, Professor, Univ. of California

December 1970

Clifton R. Wharton, Jr., President of Michigan State Univ.

May  1971

Robert L. Ewigleben, President, Ferris State College

December  1971

Roger W. Heyns, President-Elect, American Council on Education

May  1972

Herbert H. Dow, President, Herbert H. and Grace A. Foundation

December  1972

Barbara W. Newell, Pres/Wellesley College

May  1973

Barbara W. Newell, President, Wellesley College

December  1973

Walter Adams, Professor of Economics at MSU, Pres/AAUniv. Prof.

May  1974

Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt, Jr., Chief of Naval Operations

December  1974

Roger Wilkins

May  1975

Rafer Johnson

December  1975

Allan Ostar, Executive Director, AASCU

May  1976

William T. Coleman, Jr., Secretary of Transportation

December  1976

Glenn A. Olds, President, Kent State University

May  1977

Hollis Moore, President, Bowling Green University         

December  1977

Marjorie Bell Chambers, President, Colorado Women's College

May  1978

John T. Bernhard, President, Western Michigan University

December  1978

Alejandro Orfila, Sec. General/Organ, of American States

May  1979

Robert Swanson, President, Alma College

December  1979

Johnathon Kozol, Harvard Graduate

May  1980

Richard Enberg, NBC Sportscaster

December  1980

Harold T. Shapiro, President, Univ. of Michigan

May  1981

William D. Ford, U. S. House of Representatives

December  1981

Lemuel Tucker, CBS News Correspondent

May  1982

Senator Carl Levin, U. S. Senator

December  1982

J. P. McCarthy, Announcer for WJR Radio in Detroit

May  1983

Chief Justice Norman Krivosha, Nebraska Supreme Ct.

December  1983

William B. Boyd, Pres., The Johnson Found., Racine, WI

May  1984

Dale F. Stein, Pres., Michigan Technological Univ.

December  1984

Robert Keeshan (Capt. Kangaroo) noted supporter for High. Ed.

May  1985

Harold Abel, President, Central Michigan University

December  1985


May  1986

Diether H. Haenicke, Pres., Western Michigan University

December  1986

Joe H. Stroud, Editor, DETROIT FREE PRESS

May  1987

Neil S. Bucklew, Pres., West Virginia University

December  1987

Margaret Heckler, U. S. Ambassador to Ireland

May  1988

Arthur E. Ellis, Pres., Central Michigan University

December  1988

Edward B. Jakubauskas, President, Central Michigan Univ.

May  1989

Loret Miller Ruppe, Director, Peace Corps

December  1989

Roger L. Kesseler, VP & Controller, Dow Chemical Co.

May  1990

Terence C. Moore, Pres., Mid-Mich. Reg. Health Care Sys.

December  1990

B. Thomas Willison, Chairman of Dakin and Willison

May  1991

Joseph E. Antonini, Chairman, K-mart Corporation

December  1991

Larraine Matusak, W. K. Kellogg Foundation

May  1992

The Honorable John M. Engler, Governor, State of Michigan

December  1992

Paul C. Chaffee, Saginaw News, (10:00 a.m.)

December  1992

Dr. Bobby William Austin, W. K. Kellogg Foundation, (3 p.m.)

May  1993

Dr. Edward M. Elmendorf, VP for Gov. Rel., AASCU (9:30 a.m.)

May  1993

Dr. Emeral A. Crosby, Detroit Northern/Pershing High School Principal (1:30 p.m.)

May  1993

Mr. Richard A. Hazelton, President, Dow Corning Corp. (5:30 p.m.)

December  1993

Ms. Helen Murray Free, President, Miles Laboratories (10:00 a.m.)

December  1993

Dr. Timothy G. Quinn, President, Northwestern Michigan College (2:00 p.m.)

May 1994

Dr. Francis J. Molson, Chair, CMU English Department (9:30 a.m.)

May 1994

Mr. Lawrence W. Reed, President, The Mackinac Center for Public Policy (1:30 p.m.)

May 1994

Mr. Dennis Toffolo, President, Hudson's Department Store (5:30 p.m.)

December 1994

Dr. Charles Ping, President Emeritus, Ohio University (10:00 a.m.)

December 1994

Dr. Valerie Becker, National Education Program Administrator, Chrysler Corporation (2:00 p.m.)

May 1995

Mr. Henry Baskin, P.C., Baskin and Feldstein (9:30 a.m.)

May 1995

Mr. Gail L. Warden, President and Chief Executive Officer, Henry Ford Health System (1:30 p.m.)

May 1995

Mr. Barton W. LaBelle, President, Real Estate Division, LaBelle Management, Inc. (4:30 p.m.)

December 1995

The Honorable Fred Mester, Circuit Judge, Oakland County Circuit Court (10:00 a.m.)

December 1995

Mr. Elmer C. Jackson III, General Director of Employee Relations, General Motors Corp. (2:00 p.m.)

May 1996

Mr. Neil Shine, retired Editor and Publisher, Detroit Free Press (9:30 a.m.)

May 1996

Mrs. Margaret Ann Riecker, CMU Trustee Emeritus (1:30 p.m.)

May 1996

Dr. Martha R. Seger, Member, Board of Governors, Federal Reserve System (4:30 p.m.)

August 1996

Dr. Douglas B. Roberts, State Treasurer (10:00 a.m.)

December 1996

Mr. George Weeks, DETROIT NEWS Political Columnist (10:00 a.m.)

December 1996

Mr. Patrick Quinn, CEO, Spartan Stores, Inc. (2:00 p.m.)

May 1997

Dr. Barbara Dixon, Interim Dean, College of Arts and Sciences (10:00 a.m.)

May 1997

Dr. Wells Cook, retiring Professor, Business Information Systems (1:30 p.m.)

August 1997

Dr. Gordon Guyer, retired Director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture (10:30 a.m.)

December 1997

Mr. F. Lee Bailey, Attorney (9:30 a.m.)

December 1997

Dr. Alan F. Quick, retiring Professor, TEPD (1:30 p.m.)

December 1997

Ms. Allison “Sunny” Roller, University of Michigan post-polio research (4:30 p.m.)

May 1998

Mr. Chuck Forbes, community developer and Detroit preservationist  (9:30 a.m.)

May 1998

Dr. L. Kimberly Peoples, Director, GoLightly Career and Technical Center (1:30 and 4:30 p.m.)

August 1998

James F. Young, Assistant to Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, EDS (10:30 a.m.)

December 1998

Clark Searle, Executive Vice President, CME Corporation (9:30 a.m.)

December 1998

Lloyd Reuss, former President of General Motors; Focus: HOPE  (1:30 p.m.)

December 1998

Dr. Gary Schnell, Director of the Oklahoma Biological Survey (4:30 p.m.)

May 1999

Robert P. Young, Jr., Michigan Supreme Court Justice (9:30 a.m.)

May 1999

Ms. Kathryn L. Reichmann, CMU College of Extended graduate/management information systems manager  for Southeastern Michigan Health Association in Detroit (1:30 p.m.)

May 1999

Dr. Alexa Canady, Chief of Neurosurgery at Children’s Hospital of Michigan in Detroit (4:30 p.m.)

August 1999

Major General Emilio Díaz-Colón , Puerto Rico Army National Guard (10:30 a.m.)

December 1999

Dr. Clara Lee Moodie, Professor Emerita, CMU Department of English (9:30 a.m.)

December 1999

Mrs. Eleanor Josaitis, Executive Director, Focus: HOPE in Detroit (1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.)

May 2000

Mr. Lynn E. Turner, Chief Accountant, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Washington, DC (9:30 a.m.)

May 2000

Dr. Donald Bertsch, Director, CMU Counseling Center (1:30 p.m.)

May 2000

Mr. Art Van Elslander, Founder and Owner of Art Van Furniture Company (4:30 p.m.)

May 2000

Dr. Ronald Graham, Jacobs Professor of Computer and Information Science, University of California, San Diego (2:00 p.m.)

August 2000

Mr. Larry Johns, Chairman, Isabella Bank and Trust Bancorp, Incorporated, Mt. Pleasant (10:00 a.m.)

August 2000

Mr. Raymond Vecci, Executive Vice President, Customer Service and President, Michigan Operations, Northwest Airlines Michigan Regional Headquarters, Detroit, Michigan (2:00 p.m.)

December 2000

Mr. Ricardo Solomon, Chairman, Wayne County Commission (9:30 a.m.)

December 2000

Mr. Jeff Daniels, actor, director and writer (1:30 p.m.)

December 2000

Dr. John J. H. Schwarz, Michigan State Senator (4:30 p.m.)

May 2001

Dave Camp, United States Congressman (9:30 a.m.)

May 2001

Debbie Stabenow, United States Senator (1:30 p.m.)

May 2001

Samuel Logan, Jr., Publisher, MICHIGAN FRONTPAGE

May 2001

Dr. Donald J. Breckon, President, Park University, Missouri

August 2001

William L.Johnson, Chairman and CEO, SEMCO ENERGY, Inc. (10:00 a.m.)

August 2001

Joseph K. Knollenberg, United States Representative (2:00 p.m.)

December 2001

Renée Hampton, Publisher, Saginaw News (10:00 a.m.)

December 2001

Paul Hillegonds, President, Detroit Renaissance (2:00 p.m.)

May 2002

Mr. W. Frank Fountain, Senior Vice President, Governmental Relations, Daimler Chrysler Corporation (9:30 a.m.)

May 2002

Mr. Paul W. Smith, WJR-AM 760 Radio Personality (1:30 p.m.)

May 2002

Dr. Timothy R. B. Johnson, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Medical Center (4:30 p.m.)

August 2002

Dr. George F. Vande Woude, Director, Van Andel Research Institute (9:30 a.m.)

August 2002

Mr. Michael D. Parker, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Dow Chemical Company (1:00 p.m.)

December 2002

Dr. Donald A. Tomalia, President and Chief Technical Officer, Dendritic Nanotechnologies Limited (10:00 a.m.)

December 2002

Ms. Denise Ilitch, President, Ilitch Holdings, Inc. (2:00 p.m.)

May 2003

The Honorable John D. Cherry, Jr., Lieutenant Governor, State of Michigan (9:30 a.m.)

May 2003

Mrs. Judith Ann Rapanos, Chairperson, National Museum Services Board (1:00 p.m.)

May 2003

Dr. P. Dee Boersma, Professor, Department of Zoology, Adjunct Professor, Women Studies, Department of Zoology, University of Washington (5:00 p.m.)

August 2003

Mr. David Broder, Political Correspondent, The Washington Post (10:00 a.m.)

December 2003

Mr. Heath J. Meriwether, Publisher, Detroit Free Press (10:00 a.m.)

December 2003

Mr. Dick DeVos, The Windquest Group (2:00 p.m.)

May 2004

Dr. Marilyn French Hubbard, Vice President, Community Partnerships, Henry Ford Health System (9:30 a.m.)

May 2004

Chief Ella Bully-Cummings, Detroit Police Department (1:30 p.m.)

May 2004

Mr. Thomas Celani, President, Luna Entertainment (4:30 p.m.)

August 2004

Dr. Stephanie A. Burns, President and Chief Executive Officer, Down Corning Corporation (10:00 a.m.)

December 2004

Ms. Rebecca A. Humphries, Director, Department of Natural Resources (10:00 a.m.)

December 2004

Mr. Michael O’Donnell, Founder and Managing Director, Protiviti (2:00 p.m.)

May 2005

Dr. Joseph Bordogna, Deputy Director, National Science Foundation (9:30 a.m.)

May 2005

Mrs. Debbie Dingell, Vice Chair, GM Foundation and Executive Director, Government and Community Affairs (1:30 p.m.)

May 2005

Mr. David A. Brandon, Chairman and CEO, Domino’s Pizza, Inc.

December 2005

The Honorable Matthew J. Perry, Jr., U.S. District Court Judge, Columbia, S.C. (9:30 a.m.)

December 2005

Sue Schrier Bancroft, professional bassoonist and educator, Argyle, Texas (1:30 p.m.)

December 2005

David B. Keilitz, Executive Director, American Baseball Coaches Association (4:30 p.m.)

May 2006

Ms. Cynthia J. Pasky, President and CEO, Strategic Staffing Solutions, Inc. (9:30 a.m.)

May 2006

Mrs. Anne Stevens, Executive Vice President, Ford Motor Company (1:30 p.m.)

May 2006

Mr. Andrew Liveris, President and CEO, The Dow Chemical Company (4:30 p.m.)

December 2006

Mr. Keith Goodwin, Senior Vice President, Cisco Systems (9:30 a.m.)

December 2006

Mr. Michael Fezzey, President and General Manager, WJR Radio and Radio Disney (1:30 p.m.)

December 2006

Mr. Richard Dauch, Chair and CEO, American Axle and Manufacturing (5:00 p.m.)

December 2006

Mr. Kenneth Rogers, Executive Director, Automation Alley (5:00 p.m.)

May 2007

Mr. Jack Krasula, President, Trustinus, LLC (9:30 a.m.)

May 2007

Mr. John Grogan, Autho, (1:30 p.m.)

May 2007

Ms. Florine Mark, President, The WW Group, Inc. (5:00 p.m.)

December 2007

Mr. Jerry D. Campbell, Chairman of the Board, Republic Bancorp, Inc. (9:30 a.m.)

December 2007

The Honorable Terri Lynn Land, Secretary of State (1:30 p.m.)

December 2007

Mr. Joe Dumars III, The Joren Group and Detroit Pistons (5:00 p.m.)

May 2008

Dr. Robert J. Froehlich, Vice Chairman, DWS Scudder (9:30 a.m.)

May 2008

Mr. Chuck Leavell, author, speaker, Rolling Stones musician (1:30 p.m.)

May 2008

Mr. David Baker Lewis, Attorney at Law, Lewis and Munday (5:00 p.m.)

December 2008

Ms. Kathleen Ligocki, CEO, GS Motors (9:30 a.m.)

December 2008

Dr. Albert Scaglione, CEO, Park West Gallery (1:30 p.m.)

December 2008

Ms. Meena Mutyala, Vice President/Business Leader for India Strategy, Westinghouse Electric Company (5:00 p.m.)

May 2009

Mr. David Brown, Education Specialist, California Deaf-Blind Services (9:30 a.m.)

May 2009

Mr. John Bonamego, Special Teams Coordinator, Miami Dolphins (1:30 p.m.)

May 2009

Mr. Warren Miller, Chairman, Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad (5:00 p.m.)

December 2009

Mr. Daniel J. Loepp, President and CEO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (9:30 a.m.)

December 2009

Ms. Mary Kramer, Vice President/Publisher, Crain’s Detroit Business (1:30 p.m.)

​December 2009L. Brooks Patterson, J.D., Oakland County Executive (5:00 p.m.)​
​May 2010Dr. Peter J. Engardio, M.A., Founder, Writer and Editor of Engardio Media (2 p.m.)​
​May 2011

Dr. Nancy M. Schlichting, M.B.A., President and CEO of Henry Forth Health System

 (9:30 a.m.)

​May 2011Dr. Brett A. Hley, Director and Senior Broadcast Producer of "NBC Nightly News" (1:30 p.m.)​
​May 2011Dr. Andrew G. Arena, J.D., Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Detroit Division (5:00 p.m.)​
​December 2011

Dr. William F. Pickard, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Global Automotive Alliance LLC (9:30 a.m.)

​December 2011Dr. Lizabeth Ardisana, Owner and Chief Executive Officer of ASG Renaissance (1:30 p.m.)​
December 2011Dr. Michael J. Farrell, MacDonald Women's Hospital and Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital (5 p.m.)​
​May 2012Dr. Mark A. Murray, President of Meijer, Inc. (9 a.m.)​
​May 2012

Dr. Herbert Woodward Martin, Poet (1 p.m.)

​May 2012Dr. Mark Francek, Professor of Geography at CMU (5 p.m.)​
​December 2012Dr. John G. Kulhavi, Wealth Management Advisor (9 a.m.)​
​December 2012Dr. Brian Calley, Lieutenant Governor of the State of Michigan (1 p.m.)​
​December 2012Dr. Joseph Wang, Professor of Nanoengineering at the University of California San Diego (5 p.m.)​
​May 2013​Dr. D. James Baker, Director of Global Carbon Measurement Program (4 p.m.)​
May 2013​

Mr. J. Patrick Doyle, President and CEO of Domino's Pizza, Inc. (9 a.m.)

​May 2013Dr. E. Malcolm Field, Medical Director at Field Neurosciences Institute (1 p.m.)​
​May 2013

Dr. Rita R. Colwell, Distinguished University Professor (5 p.m.)​

​December 14, 2013 Joseph B. Anderson Jr., chairman and CEO, TAG Holdings (9 a.m.)​
​December 14, 2013Edward K. Christian, chairman, president, CEO and founder, Saga Communications Inc. (1 p.m.)​
​December 14, 2013Dr. Jan H. Pol, veterinarian and star of National Geographic Wild’s “The Incredible Dr. Pol” (5 p.m.)​
​May 9, 2014Robert E Kohrman, CMU emeritus professor and dean of the College of Science and Technology (4 p.m.)
​May 10, 2014

John Fikany, vice president of Microsoft Corp.’s U.S. Enterprise and Partner Group for the Central Region (9 a.m.)​

​May 10, 2014Teri Dale, American opera singer and actress (1 p.m.) ​
​May 10, 2014​W. Curtis White, chief technology consultant and president of White IEQ Consulting (5:30 p.m.)
December 13, 2014​Roy S. Roberts, longtime U.S. automobile industry executive, General Motors Corp. (9 a.m.)​
​December 13, 2014Sandra D. Petykiewicz, former editor and publisher of the Jackson Citizen Patriot (1 p.m.)​
​December 13, 2014
​Nancy C. Tuchman, founding director, Institute of Environmental Sustainability at Loyola University Chicago (5:30 p.m.)
May 8, 2015
Joseph S. Francisco, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Elmer H. and Ruby M. Cordes Chair in Chemistry at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (​​4 p.m.)
May 8, 2015
Melanie ​​Bergeron, Chair of ​"Two Men and a Truck" (​​9 a.m.)
May 8, 2015
Thomas Morgan, Documentary Filmmaker (1 p.m.)
December​ 19, 2015
Enrico Digirolamo, Chief Financial Officer of Covisint​ Corp. (9 a.m.)
December​ 19, 2015
Shirley Brauker, owner of Moon Bear Pottery and Indian Arts​ (1:30 p.m.)
December​ 19, 2015
Dan Kildee, District 5 congressman​ (6 p.m.)
May 6, 2016
David J. Matty, Dean of College of Science at Weber State University​​ (4 p.m)
May 6, 2016
Belle S. Wheelan, President of Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges​ (9 a.m.)
May 6, 2016
​Eduardo B. Fernandez, Vice President and Divisional General Manager, E.W. Scripps (1:30 p.m.)
May 7, 2016​
Gary L. Dunbar, Professor, Department of Psychology (6 p.m.)​
​December 17, 2016
Nick Krzyzaniak, General Manager for Danone North America (9 a.m.)
​December 17, 2016
Christine Holton Cashen Certified Speaking Professional and member of the National Speakers Association (1:30 p.m.)
​December 17, 2016
Tonya Matthews, Chief Executive Officer and President of the Michigan Science Center (6 p.m.)​
May 6, 2017
Muriel A. Howard, President of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (Doctoral)
May 6, 2017
 Gail Torreano, Retired Senior Vice President of AT&T Employee Communication and Corporate Sponsorships (9 a.m.)
May 6, 2017
  Carter Oosterhouse, Television Personality, Lifestyle Expert, Business Owner and Philanthropist (1:30 p.m.)
May 6, 2017
  Pamela J. Spencer, Director of Regulatory Affairs and Product Stewardship, ANGUS Chemical Co. (6 p.m.)
May 6, 2017
R. A. Lorris Betz, Senior Vice President Emeritus of Health Sciences, University of Utah (College of Medicine)
December 16, 2017 
Gay L. Ebers-Franckowiak, Retired Managing Director of Morgan Stanley (9 a.m.)
December 16, 2017 
Frank J. Cloutier, Former Chief of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe (1:30 p.m.)
​December 16, 2017 

James O. Sawyer IV, President of Macomb Community College (6 p.m.) 

​May 5, 2018 
Eleanor Baum, Retired Dean of Engineering at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art (Doctoral)
​May 5, 2018 
    James K. Kamsickas, President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Dana Inc. (9 a.m.)
​May 5, 2018 
 Jocelyn Hagerman, Founder and Co-Owner of Skypoint Ventures and Chief Executive Officer of the Hagerman Foundation (1:30 p.m.)
​May 5, 2018 
Terrance J. Coughlin, Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of Endo International Pharmaceutical Company (6 p.m.)
​May 5, 2018 

Dr. Kimberlydawn Wisom, Senior Vice President of Community Health and Equity and the Chief Wellness and Diversity Officer at Henry Ford Health System (College of Medicine)

December 15, 2018
Deirdre Drake, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, U.S. Cellular Corporation (9 a.m.)
December 15, 2018
Janice Fialka, nationally recognized lecturer, author, social worker and award-winning advocate (1:30 p.m.)
​December 15, 2018

Daniel C. Edson, President and Co-Founder of the American Proficiency Institute (5:30 p.m.)

​May 4, 2019

Raymond W. Cross, President of the University of Wisconsin System (Doctoral) Subir Chowdhury, Chairman and CEO of ASI Consulting Group LLC (9 a.m.)

​May 4, 2019
Sarah Rowley Opperman, Retired Vice President of Global Government Affairs and Public Policy at The Dow Chemical Company (1:30 p.m.)
​May 4, 2019
Joseph Mancewicz, Senior Software Engineer in NVIDIA’s Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence Group (6 p.m.)
​May 4, 2019

Dr. Darrell G. Kirch, President and CEO of the Association of American Medical Colleges (College of Medicine)

​November 21, 2020

No speaker at virtual ceremony due to COVID-19
​May 2021

(No speaker listed on program)