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