UMDearborn_logo gateway _0By SARA JOHNSON, Guest Reporter

On Saturday, Dec. 19, the University of Michigan-Dearborn will hold the 2015 fall commencement in the Fieldhouse — an event that will mark a milestone in the school’s history.

A particularly thrilling aspect of this fall commencement is that the university will award its 50,000th degree to a graduate.

“As we celebrate this milestone, we celebrate all our graduates and the impact they have had in southeast Michigan and throughout the world,” said Chancellor Daniel Little in a release.

The morning ceremony for graduates of the university’s College of Business, College of Education, Health, and Human Services, and College of Engineering and Computer Science will begin at 10 a.m.

The afternoon ceremony for graduates of the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters will begin at 3 p.m.

The two commencement ceremonies will feature prominent residents in the community. Michigan Supreme Court Justice Richard Bernstein, and Eugene A. Gargaro, Jr., chairman of the Detroit Institute of Arts’ Board of Directors, will serve as speakers.

Other speakers include students Shéma Aman and Ayana King along with alumni Linda Torakis (’93 B.G.S) and Marcus Haynes (’89 B.S.)

I’m really excited to talk to everyone and allow them to hear just how important education is,” said Aman. “I’m very humbled… to share a stage with distinguished individuals and faculty members that I have looked up to since my undergrad.

Professor of electrical and computer science Mal Shridhar and assistant professor of language, culture, and communication Jennifer Proctor are also scheduled to speak. UM-Dearborn Chancellor Daniel Little and provost Kate Davy will be highlighted as well.

A ticket for the commemoration is required for entry to the Fieldhouse.

For tickets and other information, contact the Office of University and Developmental Events at (734) 647-6037 or