SPRINGFIELD – Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, vice president of Global Corporate Citizenship for The Boeing Company, Chicago, will be the speaker at commencement ceremonies for the University of Illinois at Springfield, which will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at the Prairie Capital Convention Center, Ninth and Adams streets in downtown Springfield. Of the 1,162 students eligible to graduate, 682 will participate in the ceremony.
To ensure that family members and guests of each graduate have a seat, tickets will be required for admission until 15 minutes before the ceremony. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. The doors to the main floor of The Center will open at 1 p.m.
Ms. Roosevelt is currently enterprise-wide leader of Boeing's global corporate citizenship activities, providing philosophical and strategic direction to a network of U.S. and international community investors. She has previously served as executive director of the Brain Research Foundation, an affiliate of The University of Chicago, and as director of the Mayor's Office of Program Development for the City of Chicago.
Roosevelt managed Sen. Paul Simon's Chicago office in 1989 and his re-election campaign in 1990 and the following year was a consultant for Richard M. Daley's mayoral campaign. She is the granddaughter of President Franklin D. and Eleanor Roosevelt.
Nancy Ford, professor of Legal Studies, has been chosen to serve as grand marshal. The student speaker will be Audra Roach, who will receive a bachelor's degree in Communication.
Faculty and students in each academic program select one graduating student who best exemplifies the goals and spirit of that program to serve as student marshal for the ceremony.
This year's marshals are:
Accountancy: Melissa Petrone – B.A., Kristi Corpin – M.A.
Biology: Sara Paver – B.S., Michael Rossetto – M.S.
Business Administration: Emily Edmonds – B.B.A, Brooke Belford – M.B.A., Sanee Stevenson – M.B.A. (Peoria)
Chemistry: Brandon Long – B.S.
Clinical Laboratory Science: Mindy Bassett – B.S.
Communication: Michael Reynolds – B.A., Adrianne Erley – M.A.
Computer Science: Daniel Collins – B.S., Joseph Richard Lau – M.S.
Criminal Justice: Lindsay Buhr – B.A., Joseph Droege – B.A. (Peoria)
Economics: Philip Rukosuev – B.A.
Educational Leadership: Dawn Camacho – M.A.
English: Michael Gammon – B.A., Tiffany-Anne Elliott – M.A.
Environmental Studies: Rebecca Young – M.A.
History: Susanne Hokkanen – B.A., Michael Kelley – M.A.
Human Development Counseling: Michelle Ibeck – M.A.
Human Services: Victoria D. Kamhi – M.A.
Individual Option: Tanja Renee Hodges – M.A.
Legal Studies: Tressa M. Hartman – B.A.; Naho Kawauchi – M.A.
Liberal Studies: Amy Ballinger-Cole – B.A.
Management: Debra K. Trott – B.A., Doraine L. DeWitte – B.A. (Peoria)
Management Information Systems: Gene St. Louis – M.S.
Mathematical Sciences: Scott Ebbing – B.A.
Political Studies: Carrie Ramsden – B.A., Rebecca Damery – M.A.
Post-Master's Certificate: Leslie Stevens
Psychology: Alicia Barrese – B.A.
Public Administration: Carlyn Shank – M.P.A., Arwiphawee Srithongrung – D.P.A.
Public Affairs Reporting: Christine P. Magbanua – M.A.
Public Health: Lianne Anderson – M.A.
Social Work: Nicole Newman – B.S.W.
Sociology/Anthropology: Angela Maranville – B.A.
Teacher Leadership: Shelley Rosenstein – M.A.
Visual Arts: Jeffrey Robinson – B.A.
A number of events are planned for graduates, their families, and guests, beginning with a reception for Peoria-area students on Friday, May 4. Events on Wednesday, May 9, include an Alumni Association Class Ring and Student Leadership Award Recognition Ceremony and a Late Night Breakfast. A brunch for online degree graduates is scheduled for Saturday morning, May 12. UIS' four colleges will hold individual receptions. Admission to some Commencement events is by invitation only. Updated information, including a complete list of events, is available from the Commencement website at www.uis.edu/commencement/.
The ceremony will be webcast live at www.uis.edu/technology/uislive.html. Videotapes ($20) and DVDs ($25) can also be ordered from the Office of Electronic Media, phone 217/206-6799.
For more information, go to the UIS Commencement website at www.uis.edu/commencement/.