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Indiana Lt. Gov. Ellspermann to speak at Huntington commencement

The following statement was issued Wednesday by Huntington University:

HUNTINGTON, Ind. — Indiana’s Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann will be the keynote speaker at Huntington University’s 116th Commencement on May 17.

Huntington will honor graduates in the fieldhouse of the Merillat Complex at 2:30 p.m. The graduate hooding ceremony will take place at the Church of the Nazarene, 1555 Flaxmill Road, in Huntington at 10:45 a.m. The university will award master’s, bachelor’s and associate degrees to 288 graduates.

Ellspermann is the 50th lieutenant governor of Indiana and was elected to the position in November 2012.

In her position, she manages six state agencies, including the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, the Office of Defense Development, the Office of Community and Rural Affairs, the Office of Tourism Development and the Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship. She also serves as president of the Indiana Senate and chairs the Indiana Counter Terrorism and Security Council.

Raised in Ferdinand, Ind., she worked her way through Purdue as an engineering cooperative education student with General Motors. She graduated from Purdue as an industrial engineer and established a career in engineering and management at Michelin and Frito-Lay.

After earning her master’s degree and doctorate in industrial engineering at the University of Louisville, she established Ellspermann and Associates and began a 20-year consulting practice. She later became the founding director of the University of Southern Indiana’s Center for Applied Research and Economic Development.

The day of Commencement also will include a breakfast for graduates and their parents, an awards ceremony for Professional Programs students and the president’s luncheon.

Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S. News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest, and Forbes.com has listed the university as one of America’s Best Colleges. Additionally, Princeton Review has named the institution to its “Best in the Midwest” list. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The university is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).

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