Accomplished Alumni and Nobel Laureate to Address 2020 Graduates | MSU Today
Recorded messages from accomplished Michigan State University alumni Dan and Jennifer Gilbert and Nobel Laureate Robert H. Grubbs will play at special in-person graduation ceremonies for 2020 graduates from September 17-19.
“It is an honor to have such accomplished people speaking to our 2020 graduates,” said MSU President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD. . Their words of wisdom will undoubtedly inspire the next generation of Spartans. ”
The message from Grubbs, who is currently visiting professor emeritus to Hannah, is addressed to the graduate degree recipients at the ceremony on September 17 at 2 p.m. Dan and Jennifer Gilbert’s message will be presented to baccalaureate recipients on September 18. and 19, both at 2 p.m.
All ceremonies will take place at the Jack Breslin Student Events Center, 534 Birch Road. The events will be broadcast live and can be watched via MSU start site. Twitter users are encouraged to follow them using #SpartansWill.
All bachelor’s level graduates from 2020, as well as master’s, pedagogy and doctorate graduates from spring 2021, have been invited to the ceremonies. All graduates of the 2021 summer semesters had the option of attending in September or participating in the 2021 fall ceremonies in December. Registration to participate is required by the start office.
For the safety of participants, no bags or purses will be allowed in the Breslin Center for the launch ceremonies. Cameras and camcorders are permitted, but cases are prohibited. No food or drink, including bottled water, will be allowed, and this applies to graduates, guests and faculty. Breslin Center will offer a limited concession menu during the ceremonies. Other prohibited items include noise makers, selfie sticks, pets, signs, and weapons of all forms. The Breslin Center is smoke-free.
Metal detectors will screen all participants, so please plan accordingly. For safety reasons, all persons are required to wear appropriate face coverings inside all campus buildings and other MSU facilities in East Lansing and throughout the state.
The biographies of the speakers are below.
Dan Gilbert is the founder and president of Rocket Companies, a Detroit-based company that provides simple, fast and reliable digital solutions for complex transactions. Gilbert is also the founder and chairman of Quicken Loans, the nation’s largest mortgage lender; the founder and president of the Rock Family of Companies, a portfolio of technology companies and real estate investments; and president of the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association.
Dan Gilbert received a bachelor’s degree in telecommunications from MSU in 1983 and a doctorate in law from Wayne State University.
In addition to being a director and board member of Rocket Companies, Jennifer Gilbert is the founder of Amber Engine, a home furnishing solutions and services company. She also founded POPHOUSE, a Detroit-based design studio focused on creating strategic, unconventional, and human-centric spaces. Additionally, Jennifer Gilbert is President of NF Forward and Chair of the Board of Governors of the Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum.
Jennifer Gilbert graduated from MSU with a BA in Interior Design in 1990.
Robert H. Grubbs
Robert Grubbs is Victor and Elizabeth Atkins Professor of Chemistry at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. He was a member of the MSU faculty from 1969 to 1978. In 2005 he received a Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his contributions to the field of olefin metathesis.
Grubbs is the author of over 675 publications and has obtained over 200 patents based on his research.