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For Immediate Release
Thursday, April 25, 2013

Prominent political, business leaders to address Oakland graduates
     Rochester, Mich. – Approximately 1,900 undergraduate and graduate students will participate in Oakland University's spring 2013 commencement exercises, scheduled for Friday, April 26, and Saturday, April 27.

     Honoring the many and varied achievements of these students will be a number of distinguished commencement speakers, including Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne, Baroness Caroline Cox and U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow.

     Known for his turnaround of Fiat and moving Chrysler from bankruptcy to profitability, Marchionne has also served as chairman of the European Automobile Manufacturers Association and Swiss-based SGS, as a member of the Board of Directors for cigarette and tobacco producer Philip Morris International and UBS, and as a member of the Peterson Institute for International Economics.

     Cox serves in the British House of Lords and is founder and CEO of Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust (HART). Over a career spanning three decades, she has advocated for a number humanitarian and political causes, including enhanced opportunity for people with disabilities, legalization of drugs, pro-Christian government and opposition to the European Union.

     Stabenow was elected to the United States Senate in 2000 and has served as chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and as a member of the Senate Energy, Finance, and Budget committees. She has advocated tax cuts for small businesses and initiatives to revitalize Michigan's manufacturing sector.

     Set to take place in the O'rena on the campus of Oakland University, commencement ceremonies are ticketed events. An unticketed live broadcast will take place in the Banquet Rooms of Oakland Center, as well as online at The schedule for commencement exercises is as follows:
  • 7 p.m. on Friday, April 26 – All Doctoral and Masters Ceremony
    • Commencement speaker: Sergio Marchionne
  • 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 27 – School of Health Sciences and School of Nursing
    • Commencement speaker: Baroness Caroline Cox
  • 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 27 – School of Business Administration, School of Education and Human Services, School of Engineering and Computer Sciences and Bachelor of Integrative Studies
    • Commencement speaker: Senator Debbie Stabenow
  • 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 27 – College of Arts and Sciences
    • Commencement speaker: Graduating Oakland student Michael Joseph Meyer

     Interactive and printable maps of the Oakland University campus are available at For more information about this weekend's ceremonies, visit

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Oakland University is a doctoral, research-intensive university located in Oakland County, Michigan. The university has 139 bachelor's degree programs and 127 graduate degree and certificate programs. Dedicated to delivering a distinctive undergraduate experience that is complemented by the strength of its graduate offerings and research accomplishments, Oakland University is organized into the College of Arts and Sciences, the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine and the Schools of Business Administration, Education and Human Services, Engineering and Computer Science, Health Sciences, Nursing and The Honors College. Visit Oakland University on the Web at