NCAA President to Speak at Adrian College Spring Commencement

Dr. Mark Emmert, President of the NCAA, has been announced as the speaker for the 159th commencement ceremony at Adrian College. The ceremony will be held on Sunday, May 5, 2019, at 3:00 p.m. at Commencement Plaza in the heart of the College’s campus. He will also receive an honorary degree recognizing his accomplishments.

“Mark Emmert’s life and career represent a combination of leadership, intelligence, hard work, and service to others. Mark has relied on the NCAA’s core beliefs to make outstanding decisions that continue to establish the NCAA as the leader in intercollegiate athletics. Time and again, his leadership has paved a path for student-athletes throughout the nation,” said Dr. Jeffrey R. Docking, president of Adrian College. “We are honored he will be speaking to our graduates.”

Recent Commencement speakers include Google Vice President Dr. Maggie Johnson, former Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, former United States Senator Carl Levin and entrepreneur and business executive William K. Hall, Ph.D.

Mark Emmert became the fifth president of the NCAA in October 2010. As president he has championed greater support for student-athlete wellness and academic success. His commitment to the academic success of athletes is also reflected in newly heightened academic standards for initial eligibility. Additionally, he ushered a new governance structure in Division I.

Before the NCAA, Emmert was president of his alma mater, the University of Washington, beginning in 2004, and is also president emeritus at the school. During his tenure, the university rose to its standing as second among all public and private institutions in research funding, with $1.3 billion in annual grants and contracts. The university also completed a $2.6 billion fundraising campaign under his leadership.

Emmert has served in many capacities throughout his higher education career. His administrative appointments include chancellor of Louisiana State University (1999-2004), provost and chancellor of the University of Connecticut (1995-1999), provost and vice president for academic affairs at Montana State University-Bozeman (1992-1995) and associate vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Colorado, Boulder (1985-1992). Emmert is also a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Emmert graduated from Washington with a degree in political science and has both a master’s degree and Ph.D. in public administration from Syracuse University. Emmert holds an honorary doctorate of humanities degree from Monmouth University and an honorary doctorate of laws degree from Molloy College. Emmert and his wife Delaine have two adult children and three grandchildren.

To learn more about Adrian College and the commencement ceremony, visit or contact the Office of the Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs at 517-265-5161 x4466.

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