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 www.iwu.edu/commencement. 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.