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UIS to hold 33rd commencement May 8

May 3, 2004

SPRINGFIELD - U of I President James J. Stukel will deliver the address at the University of Illinois at Springfield’s 33rd commencement ceremonies, to be held Saturday, May 8, in Sangamon Auditorium. Stukel will speak at both the morning and afternoon ceremonies. Of the 1,145 students eligible to graduate, 741 will participate.

Stukel will be presented with an honorary doctorate of humane letters during the morning ceremony.  He began his association with the University in 1961 as a graduate student at the Urbana-Champaign campus – receiving his master’s degree in engineering in 1963 and his Ph.D. in 1968 – and has been working for the University ever since. After graduate school, he joined the faculty in the College of Engineering on the Chicago campus and from there his career progressed through a series of faculty and administrative posts, culminating in his appointment to the University presidency in 1995. He recently announced his retirement, effective February 2005.

Under Stukel’s leadership, the U of I restructured its administrative organization; became one of the first public universities to raise more than $1 billion in private donations; saw a significant growth in the University’s virtual campus, University of Illinois Online; and welcomed Springfield as the third U of I campus.

Ceremonies for graduates of the Colleges of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Education and Human Services will begin at 9:30 a.m.

Ceremonies for graduates of the Colleges of Business and Management and Public Affairs and Administration will begin at 1 p.m.

Lawrence Golden, professor of Political Studies and Legal Studies, has been chosen to serve as grand marshal at both ceremonies. The student speaker, chosen by a campus committee, will be Bradley J. Bonnette, who will receive a master of arts degree in Political Studies. Bonnette will also speak at both ceremonies.

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: Kirsten R. Davis, B.A.; Lana Jo Gambiani, M.A.
Business Administration: Elizabeth Eastep, B.B.A.; Jamie Kristine Holmes, M.B.A.(Peoria); Todd John LaFountain, M.B.A.
Chemistry: Emmanuel Ofei Johnson, B.S.
Clinical Laboratory Science: Jayme L. Larmon, B.S.
Communication: Sarah E. Chase, B.A.; Gina Marie Troppa, M.A.
Computer Science: Douglas S. Tucker, B.S.; Lee N. Bertagnolli, M.S.
Criminal Justice: William Brian Bilbruck, B.A.; Heather Jo Rademaker, B.A. (Peoria)
Economics: Jeremy Ryan Loscheider, B.A.
Educational Leadership: Kim M. Kubatze, M.A.
English: Jenifer Marie Maseman, B.A.; David Logan, M.A.
Environmental Studies: Mark Timothy Britton, M.S.
History: Amanda Bernice Skinner, B.A.; Jennifer Ann Symons, M.A.
Human Development Counseling: Victoria Lee Ryker Risley, M.A.
Human Services:
Nora May Bennett Mathews, M.A.
Individual Option: Judy A. Wood, M.A.
Legal Studies: Brett A. Maseman, B.A.; Melissa R. Angermeier, M.A.
Liberal Studies: Jeannie Marie Bushnell Striegel, B.A.
Management: Craig Allen, B.A.; Betty L. Meyers, B.A. (Peoria)
Management Information Systems: Joe Ivy Gillespie Jr., M.S.
Political Studies: Jason Alan Warfel, B.A.; Bona Jeffers Bradbury, M.A.
Psychology: Ryan Patrick Ruyle, B.A.
Public Administration: Shirley M. Soria, M.P.A.; Linda Renee Baker Roby, D.P.A.
Public Affairs Reporting: Jennifer Ann Lee, M.A.
Public Health: Anuradha Shanmugham, M.P.H.
Social Work: Kathleen L. Murphy, B.S.W.
Sociology/Anthropology: Heather Renee Stanley, B.A.
Visual Art: Stanley J. Bly, B.A. 

Following each ceremony, colleges will host receptions for graduates and guests in the Public Affairs Center. In the morning, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will hold its reception in the Food Emporium, and the College of Education and Human Services will hold its reception in conference rooms C and D.  In the afternoon, the College of Business and Management will hold its reception in the Food Emporium and the College of Public Affairs and Administration will hold its reception in conference rooms C and D.

Commencement activities began Friday, April 30, with a dance and reception honoring Peoria area graduates.

Events in Springfield begin Thursday, May 6, with an End-of-Year Celebration and Late Night Breakfast from 9 to 11 p.m. in the Food Emporium, lower level PAC.  A Graduation Au Revoir, featuring a coffee bar and jazz combo, will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, May 7, in the Sangamon Auditorium lobby, PAC level two. Both events are sponsored by Student Life.

Live broadcasts of the ceremonies will carried (in the Springfield area) on local cable channel Access 4 and (worldwide) over the web at Access 4 will re-broadcast the ceremonies later that evening at 6:30 p.m. Videotapes and DVDs can also be ordered through May 14 in the Office of Electronic Media, phone 217/206-6799.
    The University of Illinois at Springfield, one of three U of I campuses, is a small, public liberal arts university that offers 40 degree programs – 20 bachelor’s, 19 master’s, and the Doctorate of Public Administration. UIS has a special mission in public affairs and service and is known for extraordinary internships, a wireless campus, extensive online offerings, and a commitment to teaching.