April 27, 2018
To the Class of 2018 and their families,
We are quickly approaching the end of the academic year and the Commencement ceremony
for the Class of 2018. The ceremony will be held on Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 1:00 p.m.
on The Kemp Commencement Plaza at State Farm Hall (weather permitting). 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 Kirk Schroeder, who graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1984 with a Bachelor of Arts
degree in physics. Kirk also holds a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from
the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (1986) with an emphasis in optical engineering.
Co-founder of two life science companies, Kirk has now redirected his energy toward
technical consulting in life science research. He is also actively involved in developing
and sponsoring philanthropic programs to advance life science research and course
curriculum at the undergraduate collegiate level. The title of Kirk’s address is,
"The Path from Farmboy to Biotech: Nature or Nurture."
The Commencement ceremony is outdoors, even in a light rain and cool temperatures,
so please plan accordingly. In the event of forecasted heavy rains or severe weather,
we will relocate the ceremony and reception to the Activity Center in the Shirk Center.
The final decision regarding the venue will be made on May 4th and posted on the Commencement
website. A live webcast of the ceremony will be streamed on our website so that those who cannot attend can still watch the entire ceremony. Please find
other important information, including additional seating venues, online at
Following the two-hour ceremony, join us for a reception on the Eckley Quadrangle
or in the Shirk Center. 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 2018 and offering their best wishes. We all hope to see you on May 6th.
With best regards,
Eric R. Jensen