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Spring 2022 commencement speakers announced

April 7, 2022
<p>Baccalaureate graduates at the 2020-21 fall, spring and summer graduate commencement ceremony at the Breslin Center on Sept. 18, 2021.</p>

Baccalaureate graduates at the 2020-21 fall, spring and summer graduate commencement ceremony at the Breslin Center on Sept. 18, 2021.

Photo by Lauren Snyder | The State News

For the first time since the start of the pandemic, MSU will hold in-person graduation without restrictions. Spring 2022 commencements will be held without capacity limitations or mask requirements. 

Graduation ceremonies will take place May 5-14 at the Breslin Center. Those who are unable to attend can watch the ceremonies via live stream.

MSU alumna and Carhartt Inc. president Linda Hubbard, MSU alumnus, former NBA star and Olympic gold medalist Steve Smith Sr. and U.S. Army captain and former Ford Motor Co. executive Ronald Goldsberry, will address graduates during the 2022 spring commencement ceremonies on May 6, the university announced Wednesday in a press release. 

Hubbard will address the master’s and educational specialist degree recipients at 9 a.m. and receive an honorary doctoral degree in business. 

She is an Eli Broad College of Business graduate and serves as the president and chief operating officer of Carhartt Inc., a Michigan-based workwear company. As president, Hubbard is responsible for leading the development and execution of the company’s business plan and all corporate operations. 

Smith will address undergraduate degree recipients at 1 p.m. and receive an honorary doctoral degree in education. 

In 1991, Smith graduated from MSU with a bachelor of arts in interdisciplinary studies in social science and is now a sports analyst with Turner Sports/NBA TV, CNN and the Big Ten Network. He was also a first-round NBA draft pick for the Miami Heat. 

Finally, Goldsberry will address doctoral recipients at 3 p.m. and receive an honorary doctoral degree in science. 

Goldsberry received his Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from MSU. As a former executive at Ford Motor Co., he is credited with actualizing the company’s worldwide aftermarket and service business strategies that aided in Ford’s success. 

“MSU has a vast network of Spartans who have achieved remarkable success across the globe — a degreed alumni network more than half a million strong,” President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. said in the release. “As our next generation of Spartan alumni joins that network, they will find leaders willing to help them reach their full potential — leaders like Linda, Steve and Ronald.”

Additionally, fall 2020 and spring 2021 virtual commencement speakers will join Hubbard, Smith and Goldsberry for an in-person presentation of their honorary degrees.

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