EMU taps prominent state politician, syndicated cartoonist for commencement speakers
Editor's note: This story has been corrected to reflect the year Bill Clinton spoke at EMU.
What do the the state's second-in-command and a nationally syndicated cartoonist have in common?
Ryan J. Stanton | AnnArbor.com
While a student studying philosophy and imaginative writing at EMU in the mid-1980s, Coverly ran a comic strip in the Eastern Echo. Three decades later, the Ann Arborite's cartoons have appeared in 200 papers nationwide, including the New York Times and The New Yorker.
Calley spent years as a banker before becoming a state representative and is the second-youngest lieutenant governor in state history.
EMU plans to award Coverly and Calley honorary doctorates in fine arts and public service, respectively.
Last year EMU alums Robert Skandalaris, owner of Quantum Ventures of Michigan LLC, and Steven Tapper, partner and vice president of Tapper's Diamonds and Fine Jewelry, were the school's commencement speakers.
Former President Bill Clinton, likely EMU's most notable commencement speaker in recent history, was in his final year of office when he spoke during the school's 2000 graduation.