Central Michigan University's fall and August graduates will hear from a passionate artist, a successful financial officer and a dedicated congressman at three commencement ceremonies Dec. 19. The ceremonies will take place in the CMU Events Center's McGuirk Arena.
Keynote speakers for the commencement ceremonies include:
- Enrico Digirolamo, chief financial officer of Covisint Corp.;
- Shirley Brauker, owner of Moon Bear Pottery and Indian Arts; and
- Dan Kildee, District 5 congressman.
Enrico Digirolamo will speak at the 9 a.m. ceremony. Digirolamo has served as chief financial officer for Covisint Corp. since its founding in 2000. He previously spent nearly three decades in a variety of financial and operating positions within General Motors. Before concluding his work with General Motors in 2010, he served as vice president and chief financial officer for General Motors Europe. Digirolamo will receive a Doctor of Commercial Science honorary degree.
Shirley Brauker will speak at the 1:30 p.m. ceremony. Brauker combined her lifelong passions of creating art and focusing on her Native American heritage to create her business, Moon Bear Pottery and Indian Arts. She is a talented artist who has created numerous pieces that are prominently displayed nationwide, including a clay wall mosaic for Disney Corp. in Orlando, Fla., and several pieces on permanent display at the Smithsonian Indian Art Museum in Washington, D.C. She has served as the artist in residence at the University of Alaska-Sitka campus, the Mashantucket/Pequot Nation in Connecticut, the Ziibiwing Cultural Center in Michigan, and the Eiteljorg Indian and Western Art Museum in Indiana. Brauker will receive a Doctor of Fine Arts honorary degree.
U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee will speak at the 6 p.m. ceremony. Kildee is serving his second term as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing District 5, which includes Flint, Saginaw and Bay City. He serves on several congressional committees, including the Financial Services Committee, the House Democratic Policy and Communications Committee, and the President's Export Council. Kildee's dedication to improving the lives of Michigan residents helped him secure $100 million in federal funds to help remove blighted and abandoned homes throughout the state. Kildee will receive a Doctor of Public Service honorary degree.