New Student Convocation 2015
Professor of Physics Linda French gave the address, "The Value of Not Having All the Answers."
Access the links below for archived audio, video or more information on notable speakers, including: Ken Burns | Temple Grandin | James E. Hansen | James O. Horton | Tracy Kidder | Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. | Roland S. Martin | Orion Samuelson
Brando Skyhorse, author of the Summer Reading Program selection The Madonnas of Echo Park, spoke on Sept. 3, 2014.
Associate Professor of Political Science Kathleen Montgomery told new students "YOLO" in her address on Aug. 19, 2014.
Luma Mufleh, head coach of the Fugees Soccer Team – subject of the University's summer reading selection, Outcasts United – spoke at the Founders Day Convocation on Feb. 19, 2014.
Journalist and commentator David Brooks delivered the 29th Adlai E. Stevenson Memorial Lecture on Sept. 24, 2013.
Warren St. John, author of the summer reading selection Outcasts United, spoke on Sept. 4, 2013.
Rebecca Roesner, chair and associate professor of chemistry and winner of the 2014 Kemp Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence, spoke to the Class of 2017 on Aug. 20, 2013.
Juan Salgado '91 spoke at Commencement on May 5, 2013
Professor of Physics Narendra Jaggi, winner of the 2013 Kemp Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence, gave the remarks at the convocation on April 10, 2013.
Civil War scholar Allen C. Guelzo spoke at the Founders Day Convocation on Feb. 27, 2013.
Rebecca Skloot, author of the 2012 Summer Reading Program selection The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, spoke at the President's Convocation on Sept. 12, 2012.
Awadagin Pratt, an educator, concert pianist and founder of the Dr. T.A.E.C. Pratt Music Foundation, delivered the Commencement address on April 29, 2012.
Activist and Dead Man Walking author Sister Helen Prejean spoke on Feb. 8, 2012.
Ghanaian-British-American philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah spoke on Aug. 31, 2011.
Guggenheim Fellow and poet Linda Gregerson spoke to graduates on May 1, 2011.
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Jorie Graham spoke on Feb. 23, 2011.
No Impact Man author Colin Beavan spoke on Sept. 8, 2010.
Environmental justice activist Dorceta Taylor spoke on Feb. 17, 2010.
Howard Fricke '60, retired CEO of Security Benefit Group of Companies, spoke at Commencement on May 3, 2009.
Actor Kevin Dunn, who attended Illinois Wesleyan in the '70s, delivered the Commencement address on May 4, 2008.
Journalist and author Roland S. Martin spoke at the Soul Food Dinner on Feb. 24, 2008.
James E. Hansen, Director of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Goddard Institute for Space Studies, encouraged the 2008 Founders Day audience to take action before irrevocable damage is done to the planet.
Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Ken Burns spoke about his recent series on World War II, The War. Burns visited Illinois Wesleyan and Illinois State Universities on Nov. 1, 2007, as part of the Adlai E. Stevenson Lecture Series.
Tracy Kidder, author of the 2007 summer reading selection, Mountains Beyond Mountains, addressed the President's Convocation on Sept. 26, 2007
Demetria Kalodimos '81, an award-winning news anchor with WSMV Television in Nashville, Tenn., addressed the graduates on May 6, 2007.
James Sikora, professor of sociology and winner of the 2007 Pantagraph Award for Teaching Excellence, addressed the Honors Convocation on April 18, 2007.
Orion Samuelson, renowned agribusiness director of WGN and Chicago's "Voice of Agriculture" since 1960, spoke at the Illinois Wesleyan Associates Luncheon on April 17, 2007.
Michael A. Mason '80, Executive Assistant Director for Administration at the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Washington D.C., delivered the Commencement address on Sunday, April 30.
Greg Poland '77, director of the Mayo Vaccine Research Group, delivered the Commencement address on May 1, 2005.
Immigration attorney Carlina Tapia-Ruano '77 delivered the Commencement address on May 2, 2004.