Detroit Tigers legend Kirk Gibson will speak at Michigan State University’s undergraduate convocation on May 5.

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Detroit Tigers legend Kirk Gibson will speak at Michigan State University’s undergraduate convocation on May 5.

He will also receive an honorary doctorate of humanities.

In addition, Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation, will speak at the advanced degree ceremony, where he will receive an honorary doctorate of humanities.

Convocation will be held at 1 p.m. and the advanced degree ceremony will be held at 3:30 p.m., both at the Jack Breslin Student Events Center, 534 Birch Road. The convocation will be live streamed and can be watched via MSU’s commencement website.

Also at convocation Susan Avery, an atmospheric physicist, will receive an honorary doctorate of science. In addition, Joon-shik Shin, chairperson and founder of Jaseng Hospital of Korean Medicine, will receive an honorary doctorate of science.

At the advanced degree ceremony, Dermot Desmond, chairperson of International Investment and Underwriting in Dublin, Ireland, will receive an honorary doctorate of humanities.

“From athletics to philanthropy to medicine and science, our commencement speakers and honorary degree recipients are visionary leaders who will inspire our graduates as they move on to the next stage of their lives,” said MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon. “Spartans strive to affect positive change at home and around the world, and it gives us great pride to host this year’s honorees.”

Tickets are not required for either of the free public events. Twitter users may follow both ceremonies using #msugrad17.

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