Dec. 3, 2001

CONTACT: Ward Mullens





YPSILANTI - Dr. Paul T. Schollaert, Eastern Michigan University's new provost and vice president for academic affairs, will be the keynote speaker for EMU's winter commencement, Sunday, Dec. 16, at the Convocation Center.

The ceremony begins at 2 p.m. and doors open at 12:30 p.m.

EMU President Samuel A. Kirkpatrick will preside over the ceremony. There will be 1,150 undergraduates and 450 graduate candidates. Two candidates are eligible to receive a doctor of education degree in educational leadership: Patricia A. Taylor of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, and Meagan Van Gelder of Portland, Oregon.

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.

Schollaert, 54, became provost at EMU July 1. Before coming to EMU he was dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of sociology at Illinois State University since 1993.

Schollaert earned a Ph.D. and a master's degree in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a bachelor's degree in social welfare from Pennsylvania State University.

During his tenure at Illinois State, he helped engineer a major revision of the faculty evaluation and reward system, and was involved in the reform of undergraduate general education. He also served on the university's strategic planning committee and supported the establishment of new undergraduate and graduate programs.

Serving as grand marshall for the ceremony will be Sally McCracken, chair of the Faculty Council and professor of communication and theatre arts.

Faculty marshalls are Anthony Adamski, interdisciplinary technology; David Anderson, leadership and counseling; Kerry Graves, communications and theatre arts; Gerald "Skip" Lawver, interdisciplinary technology; Charles T. Anderson, professor emeritus of chemistry; Al Bellamy, interdisciplinary technology; Geoffrey Hammill, communications and theatre arts; and Michael Tew, communications and theatre arts.

Music will be provided by the EMU Symphonic Band, conducted by David Woike. The Army ROTC will provide the Color Guard.