Spring 2023 Undergraduate Ceremony

Commencement Speaker

Julie A. Fream

Commencement Speaker, Julie A. Fream

Julie A. Fream is the president and CEO of MEMA Original Equipment Suppliers. The association represents the voice of automotive suppliers and champions their business interests. Named to the role in 2013, Julie has four decades in automotive, including roles for both OE manufacturers and suppliers in manufacturing, engineering, program management, sales, marketing, and communications. She is a member of the Ford Supplier Council, the Stellantis Supplier Council and the Nissan North America Supplier Advisory Board representing the interests of the automotive supplier community.

In 2016 and 2021, Fream was recognized by Crain’s Detroit Business as one of “Michigan’s Most Influential Women.” In 2015 and 2020, she was listed as one of the “100 Leading Women in the Automotive Industry” by the Automotive News. Fream is the chair of the Board of Directors at Corewell Health and is on the Board of Directors of the Automotive Hall of Fame.

Fream holds a bachelor of science in chemical engineering from Michigan Technological University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Student Speaker

Anderson Piercey

Undergraduate Student Speaker, Anderson Piercey

Anderson Piercey is graduating with a bachelor's degree in management and a minor in psychology. He’s been a resident assistant (RA) for four years, serving as a senior resident assistant for two years. During his first year as an RA, he won the University's Student Leadership Award for Exceptional Enthusiasm as a Student Leader and a regional Residential Community of the Month award from the Great Lakes Association of College and University Residence Halls (GLACURH). He also helped Michigan Tech host the 2020 GLACURH Regional Leadership Conference.

Anderson's extracurricular activities include being involved in the Pavlis Honors College, Mitch’s Misfits, the Society of African American Men, and the Sexual Assault and Violence Education club. He volunteered with the Equipment Loan Closet of the Keweenaw for the inaugural season of its sled hockey team. Anderson has also volunteered at Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly, Friends of the Library, and Copper Country Humane Society.

Anderson, who has made the Dean’s List every semester, has been a research assistant for College of Business faculty member Jonathan Leinonen, participated in the Advanced Project Management competition, and served in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Post-graduation, Anderson will be working in Lansing as an associate business analyst for Auto-Owners Insurance Company.

Anderson's speech at the Undergraduate Spring Commencement will focus on the importance of kindness and recognizing the importance of community.