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Milwaukee Bucks executive to deliver Aquinas College commencement address

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Paul Bee, Aquinas College alumnus and vice president for ticket sales for the Milwaukee Bucks, will deliver the commencement address to the College’s Class of 2021 and Class of 2020 at two ceremonies in May.

Bee, who had previously been scheduled to deliver the commencement address in May 2020, will be present for a double-commencement weekend, as Aquinas College honors the Class of 2020 and the Class of 2021 in separate in-person ceremonies on the College’s historical campus on May 8-9. The ceremonies will follow guidance from public health authorities and will adhere to health and safety protocols.

Additionally, Matt Wey, an Aquinas College alumnus, managing director of Marsh and McLennan Companies and Trustee Emeritus, will receive the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.

Like other institutions across the state and the nation, Aquinas College has had to navigate the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic while planning a significant milestone event in the lives of its students.

“Both our 2020 and 2021 graduates have faced incredible adversity. More than ever, we want to honor them with a meaningful and memorable event in the place they have called home and do it as safely as possible,” said President Kevin G. Quinn. “We are also grateful for Paul Bee’s generosity in reaffirming his commitment to our graduates as their commencement speaker, and we are looking forward to honoring Matt Wey with a Doctor of Humane Letters. They both set a shining example of what it means to be an Aquinas Saint.”

Wey served as an Aquinas College trustee for nine years, including the last three as chair. He spent his nearly 40-year career at Marsh and McLennan Companies. He has served on the board of Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park and as chair of the board at Habitat for Humanity of Kent County and the World Affairs Council of West Michigan. He received his undergraduate degree in finance and risk management from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, and his Master of Management degree from Aquinas College.

Bee, who held positions with the Detroit Red Wings and Cleveland Cavaliers before joining the Bucks, earned dual bachelor’s degrees in business administration and communication from Aquinas College in 2006. He also played basketball and ran track. He holds a management certificate in leadership from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

When he accepted the role of commencement speaker in 2020, Bee expressed gratitude.

“To be asked to come back to Aquinas and deliver the commencement address is truly an honor and a blessing,” Bee said at the time. “I am humbled to participate and very excited to usher in our next wave of Aquinas alumni.”

Previous Aquinas College commencement speakers include Meijer Vice Chairman Mark Murray (2019), Steelcase CEO James Keane (2018) and Founder and Chairman of 42 North Partners Michael Jandernoa (2017).

Commencement exercises will include a Baccalaureate Mass for both classes of graduates at the Cathedral of Saint Andrew in downtown Grand Rapids and separate in-person commencement ceremonies on the College’s historical campus for the Class of 2020 and the Class of 2021.

For more information, visit the Aquinas College commencement website.