MARQUETTE – Eric M. Johnson of Fremont, Mich., has been selected as the student speaker for Northern Michigan University’s commencement ceremony Saturday, May 6.  He is the son of Michael and Caryn Johnson.

            A biology/physiology major and chemistry minor, Johnson graduated from West Iron County High School in 1998. He will begin medical school at Michigan State University in the fall and plans to some day practice medicine in the Upper Peninsula.

            Johnson has been involved with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, the Special Olympics, and Campus Crusade for Christ. He co-founded the NMU chapter of Athletes in Action, and was a volunteer at Marquette General Hospital and at the Medical Care Access Coalition. He was also an NMU football player from 1998-99.

            “My speech is focused on ‘living richly’,” he said, “and includes observations on the genuinely valuable things in life.”

            Currently, Johnson owns Lakeside Contracting, a residential construction company in Marquette. He resides with his wife, Rachel, and sons Elliot, Alaster, and Noah.

            The commencement ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the NMU Superior Dome.

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Becky Kratz