April 12, 2002
CONTACT: Ward Mullens


YPSILANTI - Internationally known novelist Loren D. Estleman will deliver the keynote speech for Eastern Michigan University's commencement ceremonies Saturday, April 27.

Estleman, an EMU graduate, will speak at both the 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. ceremonies. EMU President Samuel A. Kirkpatrick will preside over the ceremonies.

Estleman, who has written 48 books and won 15 national writing awards, is best known as the author of the Amos Walker, private investigator, series, now in its 15th installment. His latest novel in the series, Sinister Heights, was published in February 2002.

Considered an authority on both criminal history and the American West, Estleman has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award and England's Silver Dagger Award.

More than 2,600 students are eligible to graduate at Eastern Michigan University's winter commencement ceremonies.
Five candidates are eligible to receive a doctor of education degree in educational leadership: John Barrett, Patricia Devlin, Lori Tubbergen Zahrt, Katherine Ellis and Ernest Terry, Jr.

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.
Commencement ceremonies for graduates of the Colleges of Business, Education, and Health and Human Services begin at 2 p.m. Doors open at 12:30 p.m.

Tickets are available through the Convocation Center box office (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.

Thomas Hennings and James Devers, professors emeritus of English language and literature, will serve as grand marshalls for the morning and afternoon ceremonies, respectively.

Eastern Michigan University ( is a four-year, comprehensive metropolitan university committed to the needs of its students and communities through teaching, research and service. EMU offers more than 200 programs in the arts, sciences and professionals through traditional classroom settings, on-site continuing education classes and on-line courses. EMU is the fifth largest university in Michigan, serving 24,000 students from around the world and offers undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral and certificate programs.