Dec. 4, 2002
CONTACT: Ward Mullens


Former CBS/Fox Executive Steven D. Wild
To Speak at EMU Commencement Dec. 15

YPSILANTI - Steven D. Wild, former director of CBS/Fox Video's Studio and Technical Operations, will be the keynote speaker for Eastern Michigan University's winter commencement, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2 p.m., at the Convocation Center. Doors open at 12:45 p.m.

Wild, president of Grace & Wild, Inc. in Farmington Hills, has more than 30 years of experience in the communications industry.

After beginning his career in radio, he joined Magnetic Video Corporation in 1975, where he eventually ascended to operations management. In 1984, while director of CBS/Fox Video's Studio and Technical Operations, Wild purchased the company's Studio Operations Division with broadcast investor Harvey Grace. Grace & Wild has acquired many businesses and is the largest teleproduction and presentation services company in the Midwest.

Wild earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in business and communications from EMU and received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University in 1998.

EMU President Samuel A. Kirkpatrick will preside over the ceremony. Approximately 958 undergraduates, 446 graduate students and 23 honors candidates are eligible to participate.

Thirteen candidates are eligible to receive a doctor of education degree in educational leadership. They are April Flanigan, James Satterfield, Kevin O'Neill, Stephen Palmer, Dale Ranson, Lynn Malinoff, Mark Sharp, Cynthia Swift, Paula Welmers, George Griffin, Nelson Maylone, Joseph Thomas and Laura Wallace.

Serving as grand marshal for the ceremony will be Sally McCracken, professor of communication and theatre arts.

Faculty marshals are Georgea Langer, teacher education; and D. Robert Okopny, accounting.

The EMU Symphonic Band, conducted by Scott Boerma, will provide music. The Army ROTC will provide the Color Guard.

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.

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 professional disciplines 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.