December 14, 2017

Multicultural graduation ceremony to be held at Eastern Michigan University Dec. 15

Doris Fields, director of undergraduate studies at EMU, to serve as keynote speaker

YPSILANTI – Dr. Doris Fields, the Director of Undergraduate Studies at Eastern Michigan University, will provide the keynote address at the 2017 EMU fall semester multicultural graduation ceremony, to be held at 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15 in the Student Center Ballroom.

The event is free and is held at the end of the fall and winter semesters. Graduating students, family, friends and faculty members are invited to attend and be involved with this celebration.

The ceremony is hosted by the EMU Center of Multicultural Affairs.

Dr. Fields is also a professor in the Communications, Media and Theater Arts Department.

Dr. Fields said, “I am looking forward to motivating the students to uphold their values, to never give up when life gets stressful, and to create a legacy of success for other EMU students.”  

This event holds deep meaning for a variety of students and EMU staff who attend.

The center states that the event is held “to bring our diverse student body together to celebrate the commonalities and differences that characterize the experiences of minority students at Eastern Michigan University.”

The celebration is one that acknowledges the differences among the students at such a diverse institution, but also encourages students to embrace those very differences.

“The multicultural graduation ceremony ultimately means that people of color can succeed, despite the many obstacles,” Fields said. “This ceremony will give me the opportunity to share my story and encourage students to go after their dreams – anything is possible.”

For more information, contact the Center of Multicultural Affairs (734) 487-2377 or

About Eastern Michigan University

Founded in 1849, Eastern is the second oldest university in Michigan. It currently serves more than 20,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral and certificate degrees in the arts, sciences and professions. In all, more than 300 majors, minors and concentrations are delivered through the University's Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Health and Human Services; Technology, and its graduate school. EMU is regularly recognized by national publications for its excellence, diversity, and commitment to applied education. For more information about Eastern Michigan University, visit the University's website.

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