March 24, 2010

To the Class of 2010 and Their Families:

We are quickly approaching the end of the academic year and the graduation of the Class of 2010.  The Commencement Ceremony will be held on Sunday, May 2, 2010 at 1:00 p.m.  Chair seating for the traditional campus outdoor ceremony will be provided on the lawn of the Eckley Quadrangle. We ask that guests be seated by 12:15 p.m. so that the procession of graduates and faculty can begin at 12:40 p.m. 

Our alumna speaker is noted neurosurgeon and clinical researcher Ann R. Stroink, a biology major in the Class of 1976.   Dr. Stroink was the first woman to enter the neurosurgical residency program at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and has had a distinguished career in one of medicine’s most demanding fields.  A consummate mentor and teacher, she co-founded a neurosurgery resident program in Bloomington and has been instrumental in the design and implementation of several research protocols,  including the use of a non-invasive radiation system, called the CyberKnife, in brain and spinal cord cases.  We look forward to hearing her remarks to the graduates.

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.  Since seating in the Shirk Center is very limited, we are enclosing tickets for reserved seating in the Performance Arena with this mailing to the families of the graduates (students are receiving this information by e-mail).  Additional indoor seating venues and other important information are included in the enclosed brochure, which is also posted on the Web site for students and family viewing at    Updated Commencement information, including many of the campus and organization activities that are scheduled for the weekend, will be posted on the Web site from now through May 2.  

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 student over the past few years will greet you at various sites, which will be identified by signs indicating the name of the department.  They join with me in celebrating the achievements of the Class of 2010 and offering their best wishes.  We all hope to see you on May 2.


Richard F. Wilson