Governor to Michigan graduates: Find value in each other

May 4, 2019
After Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer joked about not mentioning her campaign slogan on fixing roads, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer gave these four pieces of advice to Michigan State University graduates Friday, May 3, 2019, at the Breslin Center: "Build bridges - don't live under them, look for inspiration in unusual places, wear fun socks, and do not read the comments section," she said. Whitmer, a Spartan alumnus has a bachelor's degree in communications and a juris doctor degree from MSU. She was awarded an honor degree of Doctor of Laws Friday afternoon. (Matthew Dae Smith/Lansing State Journal via AP)

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has encouraged University of Michigan graduates to embrace fairness and find value in one another.

The Democrat, who is a graduate of rival Michigan State University, delivered the spring commencement address Saturday at Michigan Stadium. She said improving the world comes not when people “fight each other,” but when they “fight injustice, intolerance and indifference.”

Despite her Spartan credentials, Whitmer said the honorary degree she received means she is “also a Wolverine.”

At her East Lansing alma mater on Friday, Whitmer received an honorary doctorate and delivered the keynote address to advanced degree candidates.

It’s common for Michigan governors to speak at the University of Michigan’s commencement. Whitmer is the sixth sitting governor to deliver a commencement address for the school in the past 40 years.