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CMU names May commencement speakers

More than 3,000 students will receive their degrees

Contact: Dan Digmann


​An influential researcher and dean, the chair of the largest franchised moving company in North America, and a highly regarded documentary producer will share their insights with more than 3,000 Central Michigan University spring graduates May 8 and 9. 

Keynote speakers planned for the four commencement ceremonies are:

• Joseph S. Francisco, dean of the college of arts and sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln;

• Melanie Bergeron, ’84, chair, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK; and

• Thomas Morgan, ’90, documentary filmmaker.

The doctoral ceremony will begin at 4 p.m. Friday, May 8, in Warriner Hall’s Plachta Auditorium. During this ceremony, 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, will speak. Francisco also will speak at the 5:30 p.m. undergraduate/graduate ceremony Saturday, May 9.

Francisco has spent his life serving in many higher education teaching and research positions, including The William E. Moore Distinguished Professor at Purdue University, assistant and associate professor at Wayne State University, and Research Fellow at Cambridge University in England. He will receive a Doctor of Science honorary degree.

For directions to Warriner Hall’s Plachta Auditorium, click here.

The three undergraduate/graduate ceremonies will take place Saturday, May 9, in the CMU Events Center’s McGuirk Arena.

At the 9 a.m. ceremony, Melanie Bergeron, the chair of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, will address the audience. Bergeron, a 1984 CMU alumna, grew TWO MEN AND A TRUCK by $198 million after she was named president of the family business in 1994 and eventually chief executive officer in 2007. She proudly continues to support her alma mater by sharing her expertise and insight as a speaker for events such as the College of Business Administration Dialogue Days and as a final judge in the New Venture Competition. Bergeron will receive a Doctor of Commercial Science honorary degree.

During the 1 p.m. ceremony, documentary filmmaker Thomas Morgan will address the graduates. Morgan, a 1990 CMU alumnus, is a visionary who uses his documentaries to increase people’s understanding of important social issues such as homelessness, youth incarceration, and abuse and neglect. He is a leading human rights advocate who has worked with Oscar-winning actress Susan Sarandon. The two formed a production company that produces and backs films with messages supporting social justice and human rights.

Morgan earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree and pursued a career as a successful real estate developer and investment banker prior to his filmmaking career. He will receive a Doctor of Public Service honorary degree.

For directions to the CMU Events Center’s McGuirk Arena, click here.

The ceremonies will be streamed live here. Adobe Flash Player, available free of charge, is required to view the ceremonies. Download Adobe Flash Player here.


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