Eastern Michigan University on track to graduate record number of students Sunday
The school has received 2,376 applications for graduation. EMU's graduation ceremonies are set to take place at 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the school's convocation center.
Of those graduating, roughly 760 are getting advanced degrees. Another 484 students who anticipate graduating by August are eligible to walk across the stage during Sunday's ceremonies.
The number of graduates might be slightly less than the number of applicants, but officials expect figures to outpace last spring when 2,364 students graduated from EMU.
In spring 2011, 2,211 students graduated from EMU. Ten years ago EMU graduated 1,877 students in the spring. EMU began tracking data reliably in 1995 and that spring the school graduated 1,749 students.
EMU's enrolled 21,940 students this term, including 7,035 students who are considered seniors.
The executive story editor for the award-winning Showtime television series "Dexter" will speak during the morning ceremony. Scott Reynolds graduated from EMU in 1995 with an English, theater and film degree. He will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Arts and Letters.
Robert Holman, Jr., a retired executive from Discount Tire Company, will speak at the 2 p.m. ceremony and be awarded an honorary Doctor of Business Administration. Holman began working at Discount Tire while a student at EMU. He graduated in 1974 with a bachelor’s degree of business administration in accounting and eventually rose the ranks at Discount Tire's Arizona headquarters.
The morning ceremony is for the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Technology. The afternoon ceremony is for the College of Business, College of Education, College of Health and Human Services.
EMU also is awarding honorary degrees to Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville and philanthropists William and Delores Brehm, who endowed the Brehms Scholars program.