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Sept. 16, 2008
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EMU Regents approve honorary baccalaurette degrees for Gervin, Florek

YPSILANTI — Professional basketball star George Gervin and actor Dann Florek were confirmed to receive honorary baccalaureate degrees from Eastern Michigan University at the Board of Regents meeting Sept. 16.

Both Florek and Gervin attended EMU; Florek in 1968-75 and Gervin 1970-72.

Florek has worked for the past 15 years as an actor and director on the stage, in television and in movies. Since 1990, he has portrayed Capt. Donald Cragen in the television series’ “Law & Order” and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” He also has directed several episodes of the same series.

Florek also has appeared in several feature films, including “Moon Over Parador,” “Sweet Liberty,” “Angel Heart” and “Hard Rain.”

Florek’s wife, Karen (Kosinski), and brother Dave, are both EMU graduates.

Gervin, who made his mark on EMU basketball in the early 70s’, began his professional basketball career in 1972 with the Virginia Squires of the American Basketball Association. He went on to play for the San Antonio Spurs and the Chicago Bulls in the NBA.

Gervin is a nine-time NBA All-Star (1977-85) and was the NBA All-Star Game MVP in 1980.

He was named one of the Top 50 Greatest Players in the history of the NBA and was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1996.

Gervin led EMU to the Final Four of the NCAA College Division National Championship in 1971-72 and earned All-American honors as a sophomore. He finished his college career with 1,044 points and 562 rebounds. Gervin’s No. 24 was retired by EMU in 1986.

The honorary degrees will be awarded during homecoming week.


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