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Meet the commencement speakers

Eric Fanning, former Secretary of the Army, will give the Michigan Engineering graduation keynote address at Crisler Center on April 28.

Fanning is president and CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), the leading advocacy organization for the aerospace and defense industry with nearly 350 companies in its membership – ranging from multinational prime contractors to family-owned businesses. As AIA’s leader, he develops the association’s strategic priorities and works with member CEOs to advocate for policies and responsible budgets.

Fanning is the only person to have held senior appointments in all three military departments – earning distinguished service awards in each – and the Office of the Secretary of Defense.


Chloe Henderson, a Mechanical Engineering major with a minor in Community Action & Social Change, will give the student address.

Chloe is from Detroit. During her time at Michigan, she has been actively involved in University life, serving as a mentor and leader with the Michigan Community Scholars Program, the National Society of Black Engineers, the Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (Beta Eta Chapter), the Program on Intergroup Relations, and the Center for Engineering Diversity and Outreach.

Upon graduation, Chloe will move to Boston to work for Procter & Gamble – Gillette as a product supply engineer. She looks forward to continuing to combine her technical skills with her passion for social justice to serve her community. She is particularly passionate about introducing young minority students to STEM fields and plans to continue this work in Boston.