Crain's Business Editor Delivers Commencement Address
Mary Kramer, associate publisher and editor of Crain's Detroit Business, delivers Alma College's Commencement address and receives an honorary Doctor of Letters degree during ceremonies for 262 graduation candidates. Commencement is scheduled for Saturday, April 23, at 2 P.M. in Cappaert Gymnasium in the Hogan Physical Education Center.
Kramer was born in Grand Rapids and attended Catholic schools. A summer internship led her to her first full-time reporting job at The Grand Rapids Press. She completed college attending night classes at Grand Valley State University.
She worked for daily newspapers for 16 years before joining Crain's Detroit Business in April 1989. Crain's, with a circulation of 35,000, and an estimated readership of nearly 150,000 each week, covers business news in the five-county metropolitan Detroit area.
In 1990, Kramer was named associate publisher, reporting directly to Crain Communications Chairman, Keith Crain. Currently, she supervises sales and editorial operations of Crain's Detroit Business. In May 1994, she was named a vice president of Crain Communications Inc.
In 2001, she was the first woman elected as an officer of the historic Detroit Athletic Club and in 2003 became the first woman president of the DAC. She is on the Wayne State University Board of Visitors, Board of the School of Business Administration, the Medical School and the WSU Foundation. She also is on the boards of CATCH, the Children's Foundation; Grand Valley State University Foundation; Detroit Metro Sports Commission; Metropolitan Affairs Coalition; and the Michigan Colleges Foundation.
Kramer earned the WSU Corporate Citizenship Award in 2003 and the GVSU Distinguished Alumnae Award in 2002. In 2002, She received the Women's Economic Club Founders Award and the Neal Shine Award for Media Commitment to Philanthropy from the Detroit Chapter of the Association for Fund Raising Professionals. Leadership Detroit gave her their Modeling the Way Award in 2001. In 1996, she was an Alternatives for Girls 7th Annual Role Model.
- 10:30 A.M. Baccalaureate Service, Dunning Memorial Chapel
- 11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. Commencement Luncheon, Hamilton Commons
- 1:00 P.M. Doors open to the public, Cappaert Gymnasium
- 1:30 P.M. Commencement Concert, Cappaert Gymnasium
- 2:00 P.M. Commencement, Cappaert Gymnasium
- Following Commencement, Parent Board Reception, Hogan PE Center lawn
In case of inclement weather, Remick Heritage Center Lobby
Posted: Mon, April 11th, 2005 at 2:19PM