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May 3, 2002 Volume 17, Number 25


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WIU Spring 2002 Commencement Weekend May 10-11

Ceremonies recognizing the academic and personal accomplishments of Western students and alumni will be held Friday and Saturday, May 10-11 during WIU's Spring 2002 Commencement weekend.

Robert Nardelli, president and CEO of The Home Depot, and Eric Gleacher, president and CEO of Gleacher & Co. will be presented with Honorary Doctorates of Humane Letters and will speak at Commencement Ceremonies. Nardelli and William Epperly, WIU's Distinguished Alumni Award recipient, will address the 9:30 a.m. graduation ceremony; Gleacher will speak to the 1:30 p.m. ceremony.

Friday, May 10 activities will begin at 4 p.m. with the Academic Honors Convocation in Western Hall for undergraduate students achieving academic distinction during the completion of their degrees. Medallions will be awarded to honors scholars, departmental and college scholars, and to scholars achieving cum laude, magna cum laude and summa cum laude status. WIU's military science department will conduct Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) Commissioning at 6 p.m. Friday in the Union Heritage Rooms. At 7:30 p.m. Western Hall will be the site of Graduate Commencement Exercises, recognizing students completing graduate and education specialist degrees.

Commencement ceremonies for undergraduate students will be held at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 11 in Western Hall. The morning ceremony will include students in the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business and Technology and the Board of Trustees Bachelor of Arts degree program. The afternoon ceremony will include students in the College of Education and Human Services, the College of Fine Arts and Communication and individual studies students.

The 9:30 a.m. ceremony will include the presentation of WIU's Distinguished Alumni Award to Epperly and the Honorary Doctorate to Nardelli. The 1:30 p.m. ceremony will include the presentation of an Honorary Doctorate to Gleacher. Board of Trustees Chair Carolyn Ehlert will give remarks on behalf of Western's Board, and President David Taylor will confer degrees at each Commencement ceremony.

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