Maurer to give commencement address at IU

Well-known local businessman Michael S. "Mickey" Maurer has been selected to give this year’s address at Indiana University’s graduate commencement ceremony on May 6, the school announced Tuesday.

Maurer, a 1967 IU alumnus, will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree during the ceremony, IU said.

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Maurer is chairman of the board of IBJ Corp., which owns and publishes IBJ, the Court and Commercial Record, and The Indiana Lawyer.

He also is chairman of the board of The National Bank of Indianapolis, the largest locally owned financial institution in central Indiana.

His previous roles include president of the Indiana Economic Development Corp. and Indiana secretary of commerce.

The IU School of Law-Bloomington was renamed the Indiana University Michael Maurer School of Law in 2008 after Maurer donated $35 million to the university.

"Mickey's legacy as a community leader and philanthropist serves as a sterling example to all of us, and we are extremely pleased to welcome him back to address our graduates," IU President Michael McRobbie said in written remarks.

Maurer will join a notable list of IU commencement speakers that includes ESPN's Sage Steele (2015), legendary music producer Quincy Jones (2010), former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates (2009), rock star John Mellencamp (2000) and numerous governors and other political office holders.

Graduate commencement is scheduled for 3 p.m. inside John Mellencamp Pavilion on the Bloomington campus.

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