Cartoonist Coverly, Lt. Gov. Calley to speak at EMU commencements April 29

by Pamela Young, Published February 21, 2012

YPSILANTI - The Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents has approved two speakers for EMU’s April 29 commencement ceremonies. The action occurred during the regular board meeting Feb. 21.

Dave Coverly, creator of the nationally syndicated cartoon strip, “Speed Bump,” will be the commencement speaker Sunday, April 29, 10 a.m., at the Convocation Center. Coverly, an Eastern alumnus, will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts. Graduates in the morning ceremony will represent the College of Arts and Sciences, and the College of Technology.

Michigan’s Lt. Gov. Brian Calley will speak at the 2 p.m. ceremony for students from the College of Business, The College of Education and The College of Health and Human Services. The Board will award him an honorary Doctor of Public Service.

Coverly’s “Speed Bump” comic strip appears in more than 200 newspapers, including “Parade Magazine,” which has a circulation of 73 million readers. He has created a line of cards promoted by American Greetings, and has produced several books including, “Sue McDonald Had a Book,” “Speed Bump: Cartoons for Idea People,” and “Caution Speed Bump: A Collection of Cartoon Skidmarks.”

Coverly’s work has appeared in such publications as “The New Yorker,” “USA Today,” “The New York Times” and “Esquire,” magazine.

The National Cartoonists Society named the “Speed Bump” strip as the “Best Newspaper Panel,” in 2003 and 1995. In 2009, Coverly received the Society’s highest honor – the Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year.

Coverly graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 1987 with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and imaginative writing, and has a master’s degree in creative writing from Indiana University.  He resides in Ann Arbor with his wife, Chris, and daughters Alyana and Simone.

Brian Calley is the second youngest Lieutenant Governor elected in Michigan’s history and the first sitting state representative elected to the office since 1974.

Prior to his election in 2010, Calley served two terms as a state representative in the Michigan legislature. During this time, he served as minority vice chair of the House Tax Policy Committee, where he worked with lawmakers from both sides of the aisle. In 2008, The Small Business Association named Calley, “Legislator of the Year.”

Calley spent ten years as a community banker and small business lender before being elected to the legislature in 2006. He was reelected in 2008. 

The Michigan Jaycees presented Calley with their “Outstanding Young Michigander” award in 2011.

A 1998 graduate of Michigan State University, Calley received a master’s degree in business administration from Grand Valley State University in 2000.

He and his wife, Julie, have three children, Collin, Reagan and Karagan.

Pamela Young

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