Campus Connection.

May 6, 2005 Volume 20, Number 17

Commencement Weekend May 13-14 in Macomb, May 15 in Quad Cities

Ceremonies recognizing the academic and personal accomplishments of Western students and alumni will be held Friday and Saturday, May 13-14 in Macomb and Sunday, May 15 in the Quad Cities during Western’s Spring 2005 Commencement weekend.

Events scheduled for Friday, May 13 include the 2 p.m. Academic Honors Convocation in Western Hall; the 4 p.m. military science department Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) Commissioning in the University Union Heritage Room; and the 5:30 p.m. Graduate Commencement Exercises in Western Hall.

Three Commencement ceremonies will be held Saturday, May 14 in Western Hall for undergraduate students. Distinguished Alumni Awards will be presented in the 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. ceremonies.

The 9 a.m. ceremony will recognize candidates for graduation in the College of Business and Technology, the Board of Trustees Bachelor of Arts (BOT/BA) degree program and the Individual Studies program. A Distinguished Alumni Award will be presented to Michael P. Kelly, a 1970 accountancy graduate, who is the vice chair and senior managing director of the Silicon Valley office of Broadview International, a division of Jefferies, a global investment bank and institutional securities firm.

The 1 p.m. ceremony will recognize candidates for graduation in the College of Education and Human Services.

The 4 p.m. ceremony will recognize candidates for graduation in the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Fine Arts and Communication. A Distinguished Alumni Award will be presented to Zack Stamp, a 1975 political science graduate, who is the principal partner in the law firm of Zack Stamp, Ltd., which focuses on representing clients with interests before the Illinois General Assembly and Illinois Department of Insurance.

The second annual combined Graduate/ Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony for Quad Cities-area students will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 15 at The MARK of the Quad Cities in Moline.

Western’s University Television (UTV) will broadcast the Academic Honors Convocation and all Commencement ceremonies live on Macomb’s cable Channel 3. The ceremonies will also be streamed live on the web. A link to the web broadcast will be available from Western’s homepage at during the time of the ceremonies. DVDs and tapes of the ceremonies may be purchased through UTV, telephone 309/298-1880.

Ceremonies are open to family and friends of the graduates. Tickets are not required; seating is on a first-come basis. A sign interpreter will sign each ceremony. Individuals needing special accommodations should contact Western’s Affirmative Action/ADA Compliance Office, telephone 309/298-1977. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

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