Student speaker Regina Baker
Regina Baker is graduating with a doctor of education in educational leadership and policy studies from the College of Education.
A native Detroiter, Baker also earned her special education certification and master's from Wayne State.
Baker recently completed a study focusing on principals, discipline policies, and the suspensions and expulsions of adolescent African American males. She plans to continue exploring school discipline, practices, and evidence-based research to improve the school experiences and academic outcomes for Black boys.
Baker is a special education consultant with the Wayne Regional Educational Service Agency, where she serves on the School Social Justice Committee and General Supervision and Accountability team.
She is happily married with two adult sons, one of whom was a scholar-athlete who played Warrior basketball.
Student speaker Lauren Dempsey
Lauren Dempsey is graduating with a master of education in learning design and technology from the College of Education.
Dempsey is a lifelong learner and experienced instructional designer and coach. Dempsey currently works as a technology integration specialist for the Bloomfield Hills School District, helping teachers and students enhance their learning experiences through technology.
Following graduation, Dempsey will work toward redefining professional learning and development with modern technology tools and innovative instructional practices.
Student speaker Nathan Hughes
Nathan Hughes is graduating with a bachelor of science in exercise and sport science, with honors, from the College of Education.
A native of Pinckney, Hughes is a physical therapy technician in Farmington Hills and a sales associate at Orangetheory Fitness Detroit.
During his time as a student, Hughes was involved in several student organizations, including the Exercise Physiology Club and Delta Epsilon Mu, a co-ed, pre-health fraternity, for which he served as the director of prospects for the last two years.
Two summers ago, he traveled to Honduras with Global Brigades to provide medical relief to small, rural communities.
After graduation, Hughes plans to spend time camping and enjoying the great outdoors before he begins the doctor of physical therapy program at Wayne State in the fall.