To the Class of 2015 and their Families
March 26, 2015
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 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 2015 and offering their best wishes.
We all hope to see you on May 3.
Richard F. Wilson