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Whitmer, Cousins to speak at commencements

Posted: 9:24 PM, Mar 25, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-25 21:24:27-04
Governor Whitmer in Lansing Thursday

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Former Spartan quarterback and Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins will speak at the Michigan State University undergraduate convocation on May 3.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will speak at the MSU advanced degree graduation ceremony on May 3.

Cousins and Whitmer, both Spartan alumni, will receive honorary degrees during the commencements.

Cousins will receive an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree and Whitmer will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree, according to a press release.

“Michigan State is proud to welcome home two distinguished alumni who personify the cherished Spartan qualities of service and leadership in their respective fields,” said MSU acting-President Satish Udpa. “Both Gov. Whitmer and Kirk Cousins have earned national acknowledgment of those qualities and are sure to be inspirational speakers for our graduates.”

Cousins is the starting quarterback of the Vikings. He played quarterback as a Spartan from 2009-11. He received an undergraduate degree from MSU.

Whitmer is the current governor of Michigan. She received an undergraduate degree from MSU, and is a graduate of the MSU College of Law.

She also has taught at MSU and the University of Michigan.

Willian Demmer, president and CEO of Demmer Holdings Inc. in Lansing, and Reimund Neugebauer, president of Fraunhofer-Gelleschaft, also will receive honorary degrees during the ceremonies, according to a press release.

The convocation will be at 1 p.m. May 3 and the advanced degree ceremony will be at 3:30 p.m. Both will be held at the Jack Breslin Student Events Center, 534 Birch Road.

Attendees will not be allowed to bring bags or purses into the Breslin Center for these or any other commencement ceremonies for safety reasons, according to the release.

No food or drinks, including bottled water, will be allowed.

A metal detector will be used to screen all attendees.