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April 13, 2004
CONTACT: Carol Anderson

2,200 students set to graduate during EMU spring commencement April 25

YPSILANTI - Approximately 2,200 students are eligible to walk during Eastern Michigan University's graduation ceremonies April 25 at the EMU Convocation Center.

Commencement ceremonies for the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Technology begin at 10:30 a.m. Doors open at 9 a.m. Ceremonies for the Colleges of Business, Education, and Health and Human Services begin at 2 p.m. Doors open at 12:30 p.m.

Lana Pollack, former Michigan state senator (1983-1994) and the senate's only democratic woman for eight years, will be the keynote speaker for both ceremonies. Pollack currently is president of the Michigan Environmental Council.

While state senator, Pollack served on the appropriations, finance, education, criminal justice and urban affairs committees. Her legislation covered education, civil rights and criminal justice as well as Michigan's Polluter Pay Law, which forces polluters to clean up toxins they dump into the environment.

Pollack was founding publisher of Michigan Monthly, a 58,000-circulation, general interest magazine for the state's decision-makers covering Michigan business, politics, natural resources, travel and history. She has a bachelor's degree, master's degree and a doctorate, all from the University of Michigan.

Pollack was recently elected into the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame in 2002.

Tickets are available through the Convocation Center box office (734.487.2282). All guests must have a ticket to be admitted. Handicapped seating is available and there will be a signer to aid those with a hearing impairment.

Stewart Work, emeritus professor of chemistry, and Leah Adams, emeritus professor of teacher education, will serve as grand marshals for the morning and afternoon ceremonies, respectively.


Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.

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