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5:44 pm
Thu April 15, 2010

Ex-Rep Kennedy speaks at MSU 'green commencement'

EAST LANSING, MI –

Michigan State University says ex-U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy II will be a featured speaker as part of its environmentally friendly "green commencement" May 7-9.

Among the waste-reducing features of this year's spring graduation are diplomas and programs printed on recycled paper and caps and gowns made from recycled plastic bottles.

The university says about 58,500 plastic bottles have gone to make the gowns, saving 16,500 yards of fabric. Invitations were e-mailed, not mailed.

Kennedy represented Massachusetts in Congress for 12 years and is son of the late U.S. Sen. Robert Kennedy. He's founder and chairman of the nonprofit Citizens Energy Corp.

He speaks May 7 at the undergraduate commencement at the Breslin Center.