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Five will address CMU spring graduation ceremonies May 4-6

Contact: ​Jeff Johnston


​Spring graduates will get a dose of Wisdom at commencement. Also a dose of Baum, Coughlin, Hagerman and Kamsickas: They're the five speakers who will deliver an address at one of Central Michigan University's five commencement ceremonies May 4-6:

Eleanor Baum

Mug-Baum.jpgBaum, a former dean of engineering at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York, will address doctoral graduates at 4 p.m. May 4 in Warriner Hall's Plachta Auditorium.

Previously, she was dean of engineering at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, where she was the first woman to head an engineering school in the United States.

A former director of three Fortune 500 corporations, Baum has worked in the Long Island, New York, aerospace industry and been on advisory committees for the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy, and other universities and companies.

Baum has received numerous awards for her leadership in engineering education and her efforts to increase the participation of women and minorities in engineering.

She will receive an honorary doctor of science degree.

Terrance Coughlin

Mug-Coughlin.jpgA 1988 CMU graduate and executive vice president and chief operating officer of Endo International pharmaceutical company in Pennsylvania, Coughlin will speak at 6 p.m. May 5 at the last of three commencement ceremonies for undergraduate and graduate students at McGuirk Arena in the John G. Kulhavi Events Center.

Coughlin previously served as vice president of operations and COO at New Jersey-based Par Pharmaceutical and in numerous leadership roles with Glenmark Generics, headquartered in India.

Having received his bachelor's degree in chemistry from CMU, Coughlin will receive an honorary doctor of commercial science degree.

Jocelyn Hagerman

Mug-Hagerman.jpgHagerman, '93, founder and co-owner of Skypoint Ventures investment service in Flint, Michigan, will speak at the 1:30 p.m. May 5 commencement for undergrads and graduates at McGuirk Arena.

As well as being founder and co-owner of Skypoint, Hagerman is also CEO of the Hagerman Foundation. Her newest business venture is a blog titled "A New Day Lifestyle by Jocelyn Hagerman" that aims to inspire women to create unique and fulfilling lives.

Hagerman is heavily involved in leadership and philanthropy throughout Genesee County. In 2016, she was named by Crain's Detroit Business as one of the 100 Most Influential Women in metro Detroit. The same year, she and her husband, Phil, also received the Ferris Foundation Humanitarian Award.

Hagerman, who graduated from CMU with her bachelor of applied arts degree in 1993, will receive an honorary doctor of public service degree.

James Kamsickas

Mug-Kamsickas.jpgA 1989 CMU graduate who is president, CEO and director of Maumee, Ohio-based Dana Inc., Kamsickas will speak at the 9 a.m. May 5 commencement for undergrads and graduates at McGuirk Arena.

Kamsickas previously was president and CEO of International Automotive Components in Southfield, Michigan. He serves on the board of trustees of the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation and the United Way of Greater Toledo and is a member of the Toledo Rotary Foundation.

Kamsickas earned his bachelor's degree from CMU in 1989 and will receive an honorary doctor of commercial science degree.

Dr. Kimberlydawn Wisdom

Mug-Wisdom.jpgWisdom, senior vice president of community health and equity and chief wellness and diversity officer at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, will speak at 2 p.m. May 6 in Plachta Auditorum at the College of Medicine commencement.

Wisdom is a board-certified emergency medicine physician and in 2003 became the nation's first state-level surgeon general.

She chairs the Gail and Lois Warden Endowment on Multicultural Health and has been a faculty member in the University of Michigan Medical School's medicine education department and an adjunct professor in the U of M School of Public Health since 1987.

Wisdom has written several peer-reviewed publications and book chapters, appeared on national television, presented to audiences across the country and internationally, and received numerous awards.

She will receive an honorary doctor of science degree.


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