United States Senator Carl Levin (D-Michigan) will be featured as commencement speaker at exercises honoring the 2000 graduating class at Olivet College.
Commencement exercises are scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 21, 2000 on the lawn of Blair Hall at campus center. This years graduation features the conferring of undergraduate and graduate degrees upon more than 100 students.
Additionally, Olivet College will award honorary degrees to Brazeal Wayne Dennard and Senator Levin.
Brazeal Wayne Dennard has dedicated his life to people and music as an educator, guest conductor, church choirmaster, lecturer and music clinician. A proponent of African American choral music, particularly spiritual music, Dennard founded the Brazeal Dennard Chorale, the Brazeal Dennard Community Chorus and the Brazeal Youth Chorale enhancing the preservation of African American choral music. He has stood as a tireless pillar of the Detroit area community, teaching for many years at Northwestern High School and serving as Supervisor of Vocal Music for the Detroit Public Schools.
Senator Levin has been a driving force in Washington supporting Michigans interests for more than two decades. Born in Detroit, he graduated from Central High School. In 1956, he graduated with honors from Swarthmore College, and from Harvard University Law School in 1959. He practiced and taught law in Michigan until 1964, when he was appointed as Assistant Attorney General of Michigan and the first general counsel for the Michigan Civil Rights Commission. He won election to the Detroit City Council in 1969, becoming President in 1973. In 1978 he was elected to the Senate; re-elected to a second term in 1984; a third term in 1990; and his fourth term in November of 1996.