December 9, 2005 Vol. 21 No. 8
Fall 2005 Commencement Activities December 16-17 in Macomb
Ceremonies recognizing WIU students and alumni will be held Friday and Saturday, Dec. 16-17 in Macomb during the Fall 2005 Commencement weekend. Some 900 undergraduate and 200 graduate students are eligible to be recognized in Commencement activities. Undergraduate academic majors with the most graduates include elementary education (82 students), the Board of Trustees Bachelor of Arts individualized degree program (80), law enforcement and justice administration (78), recreation, park and tourism administration (68), communication (47) and management (43).
WIU-Quad Cities students scheduled to graduate can participate in the December ceremonies in Macomb or in the May 2006 ceremonies in Macomb or the Quad Cities. Graduates will be honored informally at the Quad Cities campus during finals week.
Friday, Dec 16 ceremonies will begin at 2 p.m. in Western Hall with the Academic Honors Convocation. The military science department will conduct Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) Commissioning at 4 p.m. in the Union Heritage Room. Graduate Commencement Exercises will be held at 5:30 p.m. in Western Hall.
Two Commencement ceremonies for undergraduate students will be held Saturday, Dec. 17 in Western Hall. The 9:30 a.m. ceremony will recognize candidates for graduation in the Board of Trustees Bachelor of Arts degree program, the Interdisciplinary Studies program, the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Business and Technology. During the ceremony Alumni Achievement Awards will be presented to Daniel Cheever (1986 marketing graduate), an aide-de-camp for the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington, D.C.; Abraham Thompson, Jr. (1974 psychology graduate), president of Focus Radio, Inc. in South Bend, IN; and David Viar (1968 economics graduate), the president of American River College in Sacramento, CA.
The 1 p.m. ceremony will recognize graduating students in the College of Education and Human Services and the College of Fine Arts and Communication. Alumni Achievement Awards will be presented to Stephen McLaughlin (1970 psychology bachelor’s degree graduate and 1971 college student personnel master’s degree graduate), the associate vice chancellor for student services and dean of students at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside; Gayle Spencer (1987 college student personnel master’s degree graduate), assistant dean of student life at Kansas State University; and Roger Warren (1972 physical education graduate), the president of Kiawah Golf Resort, Kiawah Island, SC and president of the Professional Golfers Association (PGA) of America.
Western’s Alumni Achievement Award is given in recognition of outstanding contributions to any of the following: exceptional accomplishment of one’s chosen field of endeavor; exceptional service in community affairs at the local, state or national levels; and exceptional service in support of advancement and continued excellence of WIU.
University Television services will broadcast the Academic Honors Convocation and all Commencement ceremonies live on Macomb’s Cable Channel 3 and stream the ceremonies live at www.wiu.edu. DVDs and tapes of the ceremonies may be ordered through University Television, 298-1880.