Commencement Day Information from President Wilson for Graduates and Their Families

We are quickly approaching the end of the academic year and the graduation of the Class of 2011.  The Commencement Ceremony will be held on Sunday, May 1, 2011 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 speaker is Dr. Linda Gregerson, a celebrated poet and Renaissance scholar at the University of Michigan who has an abiding connection to Illinois Wesleyan through her daughter who will graduate in the Class of 2011.  Dr. Gregerson is a 2007 National Book Finalist and was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2000.  Other honors include an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award and three Pushcart Prizes.

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 website 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 website from now through April 30.  

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 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 2011 and offering their best wishes.  We all hope to see you on May 1.