Northwood University to Hold May Commencements in Florida, Michigan and Texas

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This time of year is busy for Northwood but a rewarding time that no one wants to miss.
Clyde G. Lear

Clyde G. Lear

Stephen A. Levin

Stephen A. Levin

The Honorable Donna Arp Weitzman

The Honorable Donna Arp Weitzman

Martha R. Tiller

Martha R. Tiller

Mark L. Reuss

Mark L. Reuss

James E. Lentz III

James E. Lentz III

April 26, 2013

MIDLAND, MI – Northwood University will host its spring 2013 commencement ceremonies in early May. Northwood Florida’s ceremony will be held on May 7, Northwood Texas on May 9 and Northwood Michigan on May 11.

According to Northwood University President and CEO Dr. Keith A. Pretty, this time of year is busy for Northwood but a rewarding time that no one wants to miss.

“One of the many things which makes us unique is our global footprint. With campuses throughout the world, including three residential campuses here in the U.S., commencement is a year-round reality for us,” said Pretty. “When you see the joy and pride expressed on the faces of our graduates it is always a reminder that our mission is a transformative one. The students who graduate from Northwood leave here different than when they first arrived. And that is an incredible process we are privileged to be a part of,” he explained.

As part of its ceremonies, Northwood will honor six leaders whose sphere of experience and influence spans global industries including automotive, communications, realty, politics, television and the arts. Each of the honorees will be awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree from Northwood University and will become members of its Gallery of Distinction.

Northwood Florida will host its commencement ceremony in West Palm Beach, Florida, on Tuesday, May 7, at 4:00 p.m. ET in the Countess de Hoernle Student Life Center at 2600 N. Military Trail. Clyde G. Lear, founder of Learfield Communications, Inc. of Jefferson City, Missouri, will serve as the commencement speaker. Both Lear and Stephen A. Levin, a Palm Beach, Florida, resident who is chairman of the board of The Erin Corporation and Erin Investments, Inc., will be awarded honorary doctorates.

On Thursday, May 9, at 2:00 p.m. CT, Northwood Texas will host its commencement ceremony in Dallas, Texas, in the Jesse Owens Memorial Complex at 9191 South Polk Street. The Honorable Donna Arp Weitzman, former mayor of Colleyville, Texas, and Martha R. Tiller, CEO of the Tiller Company in Dallas, Texas, will serve as commencement speakers and will be awarded honorary doctor of laws degrees.

On Saturday, May 11, Northwood Michigan will host two commencement ceremonies in Midland, Michigan. The 10:30 a.m. ET ceremony is for traditional undergraduate students and the 3:00 p.m. ceremony is for students graduating from Northwood’s Adult Degree Programs. Graduates from the Richard DeVos Graduate School of Management will participate in both ceremonies which will take place in the Bennett Sports Center at 4000 Whiting Drive.

Mark L. Reuss, president of General Motors, North America, in Detroit, Michigan, will serve as the speaker for the morning commencement ceremony. James E. Lentz III, senior managing officer of Toyota Motor Corporation, chief executive officer of North America Region and president and chief operating officer for Toyota Motor North America, Inc., will serve as the speaker for the afternoon ceremony. Both will receive honorary doctorates from Northwood as part of the day’s ceremonies.

Questions about Northwood University’s spring 2013 commencement ceremonies can be directed to:

Florida: Susan McCreery, director of public relations, 561.478.5532 or mccreery@northwood.edu.

Michigan: Carol Walther, public relations coordinator, 989.837.4423 or walther@northwood.edu.

Texas: Monica Hurtado, director of marketing and public relations, 972.293.5456 or hurtadom@northwood.edu.

ABOUT NORTHWOOD UNIVERSITY

Northwood University is committed to the most personal attention to prepare students for success in their careers and in their communities; it promotes critical thinking skills, personal effectiveness, and the importance of ethics, individual freedom and responsibility.

Private, nonprofit, and accredited, Northwood University specializes in managerial and entrepreneurial education at three full-service, residential campuses located in southern Florida, mid-Michigan and northern Texas. Adult Degree Programs are available in eight states with many course delivery options including online. The DeVos Graduate School offers day, evening and weekend programming in Michigan, Texas and Florida. The Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity and Enterprise provides system-wide expertise in family enterprise, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and new business development. International education is offered through study abroad and in Program Centers in Switzerland, China (Changchun and Wuxi), Malaysia and Sri Lanka.