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Michigan State announces 2018 commencement speakers

Kim Kozlowski
The Detroit News

Wanda Herndon, the woman who helped build the global brand of Starbucks, will be the featured speaker May 4 at Michigan State University’s undergraduate commencement ceremony at the Jack Breslin Student Events Center.

Wanda Herndon

Meanwhile, Marcia McNutt, the 22nd president of the National Academy of Sciences, will speak at MSU’s advanced degree ceremony, also May 4 at the Breslin Center.

MSU will bestow an honorary doctorate of humanities on Herndon, the former senior vice president for global communications for Starbucks, who will speak at 1 p.m..

The university will give an honorary doctorate of science to McNutt, who will speak at 3:30 p.m.

Marcia McNutt

Both convocations will be live streamed and can be watched via MSU’s commencement website.

“When I inquired about our commencement speakers, I was informed that we are fortunate this year to have two inspirational women, leaders in their own respective fields, as our speakers,” said MSU Interim President John Engler. “Graduation ceremonies are motivational opportunities to send our Spartans out into the world to make positive impacts. I’m confident the experiences, values and advice from Dr. McNutt and Ms. Herndon will send our graduates off to pursue their own inspirational adventures.”

Both events are free, and tickets are not required.

University officials are asking Twitter users to use the hashtag #msugrad18.