Illinois Wesleyan Dedicates Kemp Commencement Plaza
April 10, 2013
Members of the Kemp family attended the dedication ceremony of the
Glenn ‘22 and Rozanne Parker Kemp ‘27 Commencement Plaza in front of the new State
Farm Hall classroom building.
BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— At a dedication ceremony today, Illinois Wesleyan University announced
the naming of the commencement plaza that sits in front of the new State Farm Hall
classroom building. The Glenn ‘22 and Rozanne Parker Kemp ‘27 Commencement Plaza will
be the site each spring for the Wesleyan graduation ceremony. The plaza has been
named in appreciation for a gift from the estate of the Kemps, which was made by their
family to the University’s Transforming Lives fundraising campaign.
“The Kemp family and the Kemp Foundation have been loyal and generous supporters of
Illinois Wesleyan for many years,” said President Richard F. Wilson. “We decided to
take the opportunity to dedicate the commencement plaza and reveal its name on the
day that the Kemp Foundation makes its annual award for teaching excellence, which
took place earlier today.”
Parker Kemp, an emeritus trustee of Illinois Wesleyan and past president of the Lexington
Bank, his children and their families decided that because his parents met at Wesleyan
and were such loyal alumni that a gift from their estate to name the new commencement
plaza would be a fitting tribute to their memory and the love they shared for Illinois
Wesleyan. Parker’s children include René Shaffer, Chris Kemp, Shannon Kemp, Toni
Jenkins and Nick Kemp.
In addition to Glenn and Rozanne, and Parker’s service on the University’s board of
trustees, all of Rozanne’s five siblings are Illinois Wesleyan alumni, granddaughter
Toni Jenkins attended the University and her daughter Mackenzie Jenkins is a member
of the Class of 2016.
The Kemp Commencement Plaza will be completed and ready to welcome the class of 2013
at Commencement in the University’s 163rd Year on Sunday, May 5.
Contact: Matt Kurz (309) 556-3203