To Graduates in the Class of 2014 and their Families
March 27, 2014
We are quickly approaching the end of the academic year and the Commencement ceremony
for the Class of 2014. The ceremony will be held on Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 1:00 p.m.
on The Kemp Commencement Plaza at State Farm Hall. Chair seating for the traditional
campus outdoor ceremony will be provided on the lawn of the Eckley Quadrangle. We
ask that guests be seated no later than 12:30 p.m. so the processional of graduates
and faculty can begin.
Our alumni speaker is Deanna Jent, a theatre major in the Class of 1984 who graduated magna cum laude from Illinois
Wesleyan. Now a professor at Fontbonne University in St. Louis, Ms. Jent is an acclaimed
director nominated six times for “Best Director” in the annual Kevin Kline Awards,
winning last year for her production of Godspell. Recently named one of the 25 most influential people in St. Louis by Alive Magazine, Ms. Jent is the artistic director of Mustard Seed Theatre, where she often produces
and directs plays about faith and social justice.
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 this
mailing for the families of the graduates, along with a brochure listing additional
seating venues and other important information for all guests. Please note that a
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 Eckley Quadrangle 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 2014 and offering their best wishes.
We all hope to see you on May 4.
Richard F. Wilson