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April 25, 2006
CONTACT: Ward Mullens
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EMU commencement ceremony features Debbie Dingell, Gen. John Coburn

YPSILANTI — Eastern Michigan University will award Congressman John Dingell and Gen. John Coburn, U.S. Army retired, with honorary doctoral degrees at commencement ceremonies Sunday, April 30, at the 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 College of Business, College of Education, and College of Health and Human Services begin at 2 p.m. Doors open at 12:30 p.m.

Coburn will be honored during the morning ceremony, while Dingell will be awarded his honorary degree at the afternoon ceremony. Approximately 2,100 students are eligible to walk during the two ceremonies. Four doctorates also will be awarded.

Dingell will accept his honorary degree via video. Dingell was scheduled to give the commencement address at the afternoon ceremony, but has been told by doctors that he cannot travel due to recent surgery.

Debbie Dingell, vice chairman of the General Motors Foundation and executive director of global community relations and government relations at GM, will be the keynote speaker for the afternoon ceremony. She has been married to John Dingell for 24 years.

Debbie Dingell is a nationally recognized advocate for women and children’s health issues, and a civic and community leader in Washington, D.C. and Michigan. Dingell co-founded the Children’s Inn at the National Institutes of Health. Children’s Inn is a nonprofit residence for pediatric outpatients with a focus on keeping children together with their families during serious illness.

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.

Tom Franks, professor of philosophy, will serve as grand marshal for the morning ceremony, while Joel Welber, professor of law, will be the grand marshal for the afternoon ceremonies.

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 careers and lives, and to be better citizens.

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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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