Future doctor and former quarterback Kirk Cousins to speak at Spartan commencement


Minnesota Vikings new quarterback Kirk Cousins addresses the media after he was introduced during a news conference, after signing a three-year, $84 million contract, at the NFL football team’s new headquarters Thursday, March 15, 2018, in Eagan, Minn. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Former Spartan and current Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins will receive an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree as well as speak at the May 3rd undergraduate convocation. He was drafted to the NFL in 2012 after playing on MSU’s football team from 2009-11.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer will be speaking at Michigan State University’s advanced degree graduation ceremony on the same day and receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree. Whitmer has taught at MSU and the University of Michigan. She earned an undergraduate degree from MSU and is a graduate of the MSU College of Law, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude.

“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.”

Along with Cousins, William Demmer, CEO of Demmer Holdings Inc., will receive an honorary Doctor of Business degree at the undergraduate convocation. Demmer Holdings Inc. is a manufacturing business headquartered in Lansing. Demmer led the company’s diversification into the defense industry, developing and manufacturing protective heavy armor systems.

Additionally, Reimund Neugebauer, the president of German research organization Fraunhofer-Gelleschaft, will receive an honorary Doctor of Engineering degree during the advanced degree ceremony.

Both commencements will be at the Jack Breslin Student Events Center. The undergraduate convocation will be at 1 p.m. while the advanced degree ceremony will begin at 3:30 p.m.

Commencement ceremonies will be live-streamed and can be watched via MSU’s commencement website.

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