Ceremonies recognizing the academic and personal accomplishments of Western students and alumni will be held Friday and Saturday, May 11-12 in Macomb and Sunday, May 13 in the Quad Cities during Westernís Spring 2007 Commencement Weekend.
Events scheduled for Friday, May 11 include the 2 p.m. Academic Honors Convocation in Western Hall; the 4 p.m. military science department Army ROTC Commissioning in the University Union Heritage Room; and the 5:30 p.m. Graduate Hooding and Commencement Exercises in Western Hall.
Three ceremonies will be held Saturday, May 12 in Western Hall for undergraduate students.
The 9:30 a.m. ceremony will recognize candidates for graduation in the College of Fine Arts and Communication and the College of Business and Technology. A Distinguished Alumni Award will be presented to James Clary, a 1979 finance graduate and Macomb native, who is the president of MullinTBG, the nationís largest firm specializing in all aspects of executive benefits, retirement income and compensation planning. Clary and a staff of 300 professionals counsel major corporations on state-of-the-art executive benefit plan design, funding and benefit security options, communications strategy and ongoing plan record keeping and management.
The 1 p.m. ceremony will recognize candidates for graduation in the Board of Trustees Bachelor of Arts (BOT/BA) degree program, the interdisciplinary studies program and the College of Arts and Sciences. An honorary doctorate of humane letters will be awarded to Dan Webb, a partner in the litigation department, a firm chairman and a member of the Executive Committee for Winston and Strawn, LLC in Chicago. The Bushnell native, who studied history at Western, received Westernís Distinguished Alumni Award in 1992 and is a former member of the WIU Board of Trustees. During his career, Webb has tried more than 100 jury cases, including numerous successful commercial and white-collar criminal trials. Webb joined Winston & Strawn in 1985 as a partner, after serving as the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Illinois.
The 4:30 p.m. ceremony will recognize candidates for graduation in the College of Education and Human Services. A Distinguished Alumni Award will be presented to Charles Carey, a 1975 finance graduate and 2005 College of Business and Technology Distinguished Alumnus. Carey is currently serving his second consecutive two-year term as chairman of the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT), a leading global futures exchange. Previously, Carey served on the CBOT Board of Directors for 11 years, including terms as vice chairman, first vice chairman and full member director.
The fourth annual combined Graduate/ Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony for Quad Cities area students will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 13 at The MARK of the Quad Cities in Moline.