Kermit the Frog comes to MSU!

09-06-2006

Last week we were pleased to announce that the Grand Marshal for the 2006 MSU Homecoming Parade will be Kermit the Frog.

Some ask, “Why Kermit?”

First, many MSU students grew up with and know Kermit, either from Sesame Street or as a member of the Muppets. For a lot of them, he’s been a lifelong influence. His commitment to and advocacy of early childhood education ("Sesame Street") and diversity ("Bein’ Green") are widely known.

Second, Kermit was “green” before being green was popular—a reflection of MSU’s commitment to environmental studies and quality of life issues.

Third, Kermit brings a certain status and experience with him that will help make this year’s homecoming parade really special for all members of the MSU community, young and old.

Kermit was the Grand Marshal for the Rose Bowl Parade in 1996, and has been recognized by the Oxford Union and Harvard University. He also gave the commencement address at Southampton College in 1996, congratulating the graduates on their accomplishments and reminding them that, “All of us should feel very proud of ourselves...and just a little bit silly.”

Kermit is the product of another great land-grant institution, the University of Maryland. He made his debut in 1955 on a Washington, DC children’s show while his creator, Jim Henson was still studying at U of MD.

MSU will be in good company, then, in terms of the academic institutions that have chosen to affiliate themselves with Kermit the Frog.

We hope all of you in the MSU community—children and adults alike—will join us for the parade and come out to see Kermit on Friday, September 29th.

We know if there’s anybody who really bleeds green, it has to be Kermit the Frog.

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