May 3, 2021
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Campus News
Illinois Wesleyan University celebrated more than 360 graduating members of the Class of 2021 and returning members of the Class of 2020 during Commencement ceremonies on May 2.


Commencement Highlights
10:30 a.m. Ceremony – Video  and Photo Gallery
3 p.m. Ceremony – Video  and Photo Gallery
Class of 2020 Ceremony – Video  and Photo Gallery
As COVID-19 vaccines suggest a light at the end of a seemingly endless pandemic, students in the Citizen Scholars First-Year Experience assembled relics of the past year in a “COVID Time Capsule.”
Titan Athletics
  • The men's golf team won their ninth straight College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Championship.
  • Kendall Sosa '21 was named the 2021 Women's Basketball Coaches Association NCAA Division III Player of the Year.
  • The men's lacrosse team defeated Carroll University on April 30 to claim the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Regular Season Championship for the third straight season.
Titans In The News
The Pantagraph
Illinois Wesleyan honored graduates from the classes of 2020 and 2021 at Commencement exercises Sunday. The
University’s in-person Commencement is the first of many at colleges in the area.
The Pantagraph
Former IWU softball All-American Ally Wiegand ’20 is the pitching coach for Heartland Community College’s softball team.
The (Joliet) Times Weekly
The basketball court at Plainfield Central High School's was named in honor of Tom Hensel ’71.
Cheddar News
Amanda Vicary, Associate Professor and Chair of Psychology, discussed why people are so drawn to the true crime genre, and how it could impact mental health.
The Pantagraph
IWU President Georgia Nugent was among local education leaders responding to President Biden's plan for expanding access to education.
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Monday, May 3
Summer hours begin. Through Aug. 13, campus offices will be open 8 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. on weekdays.
Wednesday, May 5
First day of May Term Classes



7:30 p.m., Tucci Stadium – Men's Lacrosse vs. Elmhurst University
Friday, May 7
Streaming all day May 7, 8 and 9 via Showtix4uSimpler Times –
This year’s School of Theatre Arts dance concert includes original choreography by IWU dance faculty and a guest artist. Join us in your jammies, sit back, and enjoy a wonderful evening of dance.
Saturday, May 8
1 & 4 p.m., Horenberger Field – Baseball vs. North Central (doubleheader) Home Team Student-Athlete Guests Only. Streaming video at
Coming Soon
Titan Talks Webinar: An Evening with Bill Damaschke '85
Thursday, May 13, at 7 p.m. via Zoom – Register here
Tony Award- and Golden Globe-nominated producer Bill Damaschke '85 will discuss his career in entertainment and journey from Illinois Wesleyan to Broadway. This event is presented in partnership with the IWU Pride Alumni Community and IWU School of Theatre Arts – hosted and moderated by Hannah Dhue ’15, TV Mastering Manager at Walt Disney Studios.
Kate Tombaugh ’07, executive director and founder of Poco a Poco, will head the organization's summer festival and training program for Young Artists.
Welcome New Employees
Shawna Walsh started April 26 as the Administrative Specialist III in Information Technology Services.
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