April 1, 2008
To the Class of 2008 and their Families:
The Commencement Ceremony for the Class of 2008 will be held Sunday, May 4, 2008 at
1:00 p.m. Chair seating for the traditional campus outdoor ceremony is on the lawn
of the Eckley Quadrangle. 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.
Our alumna speaker is long-time Hollywood character actor Kevin Dunn. A theatre arts
major in the Class of 1977, Mr. Dunn made his first film breakthrough in the 1988
civil-rights drama Mississippi Burning. Other film appearances include Ghostbusters 2 (1989), Dave (1993), Nixon (1995), All the King’s Men (2006) and Transformers (2007). His television credits include Cheers, Seinfeld, Lost, and he currently appears in Samantha Who?
During the ceremony we are also pleased to honor three individuals who will receive
honorary degrees from the University - human rights activist Marjorie Agosn, former
Illinois Wesleyan Board of Trustees president Craig C. Hart, and architect Sidney
Epstein. More information on our honorees is available on our Web site www.iwu.edu/commencement/.
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. Since seating in the Shirk
Center is quite limited, we are enclosing tickets for reserved seating in the Performance
Arena with this mailing to the families of the graduates (students are receiving this
information by e-mail). Additional indoor seating venues and other important information
are included in the brochure (pdf). Please also view our Web site for updated Commencement information from now
through May 4, including a special Festival of Talents on May 3 and other activities that the Senior Class is developing for the weekend.
Following the two-hour ceremony, join us for our traditional strawberries and scones
reception 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 at various sites identified
by academic department signs. They join with me in celebrating the achievements of
the Class of 2008 and offering their best wishes. I hope to see you May 4.
Richard F. Wilson