March 28, 2013
To the Class of 2013 and their Families
From President Wilson
We are quickly approaching the end of the academic year and the graduation of the
Class of 2013. The Commencement ceremony will be held on Sunday, May 5, 2013 at 1:00
p.m. Chair seating for the traditional campus outdoor ceremony will be provided on
the lawn of the Eckley Quadrangle at State Farm Hall. We ask that guests be seated
no later than 12:30 p.m. so that the processional of graduates and faculty can begin.
Our alumni speaker is Juan Salgado, an economics major in the Class of 1991 who matched
his degree to his interests. An influential civic leader, social innovator and community
volunteer in Chicago, Mr. Salgado heads the Instituto del Progreso Latino which creates
educational, training and community engagement initiatives and workforce opportunities
for Latino communities. During the ceremony, we will also present an honorary degree
to Robert Parris Moses, a civil rights icon and pioneer in public school education
through the technology-based Algebra Project that he founded.
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 where seating is very limited.
Four tickets for reserved seating in the Shirk Performance Arena are enclosed in a
mailing to the families of the graduates, along with a brochure listing additional
seating venues and other important information for all guests. Please note that a
live Webcast of the ceremony will be streamed on our website so that those who cannot attend can
still watch the entire ceremony. Students are receiving this information by email
and are advised to review the brochure and all future communications at www.iwu.edu/commencement
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 son or daughter over the past few years will greet you at sites identified
by signs indicating the name of the department. They join with me in celebrating the
achievements of the Class of 2013 and offering their best wishes. We all hope to see
you on May 5.
(please send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 309-556-3151)