Outstanding alumni, Nobel Laureate to address 2020 graduates
All 2020 Michigan State University graduates, as well as Spring 2021 Masters, Education Specialist and PhD graduates have been invited to the launch ceremonies this weekend. from September 17 to 19.
The ceremonies will take place at the Jack Breslin Student Events Center and will be broadcast live.
More than 13,500 fall, spring and summer 2020 graduates have already benefited from a virtual graduation ceremony in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was announced in July that they could register for the September in-person ceremonies.
For safety reasons, all participants must wear appropriate face coverings inside and no bags or purses will be allowed.
Cameras and camcorders will be permitted, but cases are prohibited. Everyone will also enter through metal detectors. No food or drink will be allowed inside, but the Breslin Center will offer a limited concession menu.
Distinguished alumni, such as Dan and Jennifer Gilbert and Robert H. Grubbs, will present recorded messages to graduates.
Dan Gilbert is the founder and chairman of Rocket Companies, Quicken Loans – the nation’s largest mortgage lender – and the Rock Family of Companies. He is also president of the Cleveland Cavaliers of the NBA. He graduated from the State of Michigan with a bachelor’s degree in 1983.
Jennifer Gilbert, Dan’s wife, is the Founder and Creative Director of Pophouse, a commercial design company. She is also the founder of Amber Engine and Doodle Home. She graduated from the State of Michigan with a bachelor’s degree in interior design.
Robert H. Grubbs, considered a distinguished MSU visiting professor at Hannah, is a chemist currently Professor of Chemistry Victor and Elizabeth Atkins at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California. He is also the recipient of the 2005 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his contributions to the field of olefin metathesis. Grubbs was a faculty member at MSU from 1969 to 1978.
Grubb’s message will be delivered to graduate degree recipients at the ceremony on September 17 at 2 p.m. and Dan and Jennifer Gilbert will present their message to baccalaureate recipients on September 18 and 19 at 2 p.m.
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