FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: May 9, 2003

Contact: Cheryl Peck

 

 

Media Advisory

 

What: 32nd Commencement at UIS with 713 (out of 1,060) graduates participating. Internationally known Lincoln expert Harold Holzer will deliver the address.

 

When: 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 10 Ceremony for Colleges of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Education and Human Services. 1 p.m. Ceremony for Colleges of Business and Management and Public Affairs and Administration.

 

Where: Sangamon Auditorium

 

Noteworthy: UIS will graduate its first students to earn a degree entirely online. Nearly all of those students who spent their entire academic careers off campus will attend the ceremony, including one who is flying in from Japan.

 

UIS will conduct the first hooding of graduates to earn the Doctorate of Public Administration.

 

The wife and young son of one UIS graduate will accept the diploma in his name because he was called to active duty in Iraq just as he completed his degree. He is one of 33 UIS students called to duty this year.