Ceremonies recognizing the academic and personal accomplishments of Western Illinois University students and alumni will be held Friday and Saturday, May 9-10 in Macomb and Sunday, May 11 in the Quad Cities during Spring 2008 Commencement Weekend. Some 1,950 students—including more than 1,525 undergraduate and approximately 420 graduate students who have applied for graduation—are eligible to participate in the ceremonies. Events scheduled for Friday, May 9 include:
Three Commencement ceremonies will be held Saturday, May 10 in Western Hall for undergraduate students.
The 9:30 a.m. ceremony will recognize candidates for graduation in the College of Business and Technology (CBT) and the College of Fine Arts and Communication (COFAC). A Distinguished Alumni Award will be presented to Samuel Oliva (BB, Accountancy), who is a certified public accountant and managing partner of ECS Financial Services, Inc. (formerly Edwin C. Siegel, Ltd.). A 1989 Alumni Achievement Award recipient and a 2003 College of Business and Technology Distinguished Alumnus, Oliva is also founder and CEO of Beacon Funding Corporation in Northbrook. He has served as a managing broker for Cornerstone Realty in Northbrook for 30 years and is president of Liventus Design, an e-commerce website development and consulting firm.
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.
The 4 p.m. ceremony will recognize candidates for graduation in the College of Education and Human Services.
The fifth annual combined Graduate/Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony for Quad Cities-area students will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 11 at i wireless Center (formerly The MARK of the Quad Cities) in Moline.
Provost and Academic Vice President Jack Thomas will lead each Commencement ceremony, and President Al Goldfarb will confer degrees and make remarks to the graduating classes. WIU Board of Trustees members also will participate, and 2008 Distinguished Faculty Lecturer Michael Romano, professor of biology and curator of reptiles and amphibians, will be recognized in each Commencement ceremony. For further details visit www.wiu.edu/news.