To the Class of 2015 and their Families

March 26, 2015     

Dear Parent(s):

We are quickly approaching the end of the academic year and the Commencement ceremony for the Class of 2015.  The ceremony will be held on Sunday, May 3, 2015 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 Elizabeth Robb who graduated magna cum laude from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1978.  After earning her Juris Doctorate from Loyola University in 1981, Judge Robb embarked upon a distinguished 32-year career as an advocate, attorney, and judge in McLean County Illinois, retiring in 2014.  In 2004, Judge Robb was the first female to be named Chief Judge in McLean County.  She was also the first female to be named Associate Judge in McLean County in 1993 and was appointed to Circuit Judge in 2000.  Judge Robb has been a strong advocate for mental health in McLean County pioneering efforts to obtain a $1.2 million federal grant for the Adult Treatment Court Collaborative and serving on the Supreme Court Special Advisory Committee on Criminal Justice and Mental Health.

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 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   

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 2015 and offering their best wishes.  We all hope to see you on May 3.




Richard F. Wilson