March 31, 2006
To the Class of 2006 and their Families:
You are cordially invited to attend the Commencement Ceremony for the Class of 2006
to be held Sunday, April 30, 2006 at 1:00 p.m. We ask that guests be seated by 12:15
p.m. so that the procession of graduates and faculty can begin at 12:40 p.m. Chair
seating for the traditional outdoor ceremony is on the lawn of the Eckley Quadrangle.
Our alumni speaker is Michael A. Mason, who currently serves as Acting Executive Assistant
Director for Administration at the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Washington D.C.
A 1980 graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University with a degree in accounting, Mr. Mason
was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps on graduation day
and five years later was sworn in as a Special Agent of the FBI. His career has included
serving as an undercover narcotics agent, investigating public corruption and white
collar crime matters, and managing the background investigations of all presidential
appointees. His 2003 appointment as assistant director overseeing the Washington
Field Office put him in charge of some of the most important cases facing the bureau,
including anthrax and ricin investigations, cyber-crime, and health care and government
fraud. In 2004 he was the recipient of a Presidential Rank Award as a Meritorious
Executive in the Senior Executive Service. His experiences and perspective on public
service should be of interest to the graduates of 2006.
The Commencement ceremony is outdoors, even in a light rain and cool temperatures,
so please plan accordingly. In the event of heavy rains or weather alerts, we will
relocate the ceremony and reception to the Shirk Center. Because indoor seating is
quite limited, we are enclosing tickets for reserved seating in the Shirk Center Performance
Arena with this mailing in the envelopes addressed to the families of the graduates.
Please review the enclosed brochure and view our web site www.iwu.edu/commencement for updated Commencement information along the way, including a special Senior Class
Talent show and other activities that are under consideration for the weekend.
Following the two-hour ceremony, please join us for a reception in tents on the Quad
or in the Shirk Center Activity Area. The faculty and staff who guided your students
over the past few years will greet you and join in celebrating the achievements of
the Class of 2006. I hope to see you there.
Richard F. Wilson