Michael Moore, George Will to speak at MSU graduations

Kim Kozlowski
The Detroit News

Michigan State University graduates this month will hear from commencement speakers on both sides of the political spectrum.

Liberal filmmaker Michael Moore will be one of the commencement speakers, while conservative columnist George Will will be the other during graduation ceremonies Dec. 12-13.

“We have a dynamic combination of commencement speakers whose diverse opinions will provide our graduates with interesting perspectives and stimulating conversation,” said MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon. “The respectful exchange of differing viewpoints is a marker of the healthy intellectual environment Michigan State models.”

Will, a Washington Post columnist, will receive an honorary doctorate of humanities and will address graduates from the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities and James Madison College, along with those graduating from the Arts and Letters, Business, Education, Music and Social Science colleges.

He will speak at the 10 a.m. Dec. 13 ceremony, when the Rev. James Wallis, who has been a spiritual adviser to President Barack Obama, will receive an honorary doctorate of humanities.

Later in the day, Moore will receive an honorary doctorate of humanities and will address undergraduates from the colleges of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Communication Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Natural Science and Nursing, as well as Lyman Briggs College

Moore will speak at the 2 p.m. Dec. 13 ceremony, when Kristin Clark Taylor, White House director of media relations under former President George H.W. Bush, will earn an honorary doctorate of humanities.

Meanwhile, Teresa Sullivan — president of the University of Virginia and former University of Michigan provost — will receive an honorary doctorate of laws, along with Robert Clark Jr., a retired Mississippi legislator and civil rights advocate.

Sullivan will address graduates at the advanced degree ceremony at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 12.

Ceremonies will be at the Jack Breslin Student Events Center, 534 Birch Road. To monitor the ceremony on Twitter, follow the hashtag #MSUgrad14.