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UIS to hold 35th commencement ceremony May 13 at The Center

May 1, 2006

SPRINGFIELD – Internationally renowned Lincoln scholar and historian Phillip Shaw Paludan will deliver the Distinguished Scholar Address at commencement ceremonies for the University of Illinois at Springfield, which will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 13, at the Prairie Capital Convention Center, Ninth and Adams streets in downtown Springfield. Of the 1,199 students eligible to graduate, 676 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.

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More information about Dr. Paludan

One of the nation’s foremost authorities on Lincoln and the Civil War, Paludan is professor of History and the Naomi B. Lynn Distinguished Chair of Lincoln Studies at UIS.

He is the author of four books on the Civil War era, including A People’s Contest: The Union and Civil War 1861-1865 and The Presidency of Abraham Lincoln. His numerous awards include the Barondess Lincoln Award presented by the New York City Civil War Roundtable; the Lincoln Prize presented by the Lincoln and Soldiers Institute at Gettysburg College; and postdoctoral fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for Humanities, and Harvard Law School.

Jan Droegkamp, professor of Liberal Studies and Individual Option, has been chosen to serve as grand marshal. The student speaker will be Christopher Wyant, who will receive a bachelor’s degree in English.

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 - Rebecca Zentko, B.A.; Marina Edwards, M.A.
Biology - Handel Metcalf, B.S.
Business Administration - Jerry Kaufman, B.B.A.; Shaun Opperman, M.B.A.; Darin Bohlmann, M.B.A. (Peoria)
Chemistry - John Mark Nelles, B.S.
Clinical Laboratory Science - Brianne Ballard, B.S.
Communication - Kassidy Engelhart, B.A.; Kenneth Carter, M.A.
Computer Science - Michael Bernico, B.S.; Thomas Wesley Sidener, M.S.
Criminal Justice - Emilienne Ngampa, B.A.; Amy VanDeventer, B.A. (Peoria)
Economics - Kristin Nelson, B.A.
Educational Leadership - Jeremiah Auble, M.A.
English - Meghan Harmon, B.A.; Denise Howard Long, M.A.
Environmental Studies - John Rodgers, M.A.
History - Kathleen Testa, B.A.; Amanda Winters, M.A.
Human Development Counseling - Robyn Merrick, M.A.
Human Services - Barbara Grace Sweatt, M.A.
Individual Option - Richard Joel Cohen, M.A.
Legal Studies - Christopher Jacob, B.A.; Debra Spencer, M.A.
Liberal Studies - Saesha Lynn Carlile, B.A.
Management - Thomas Moroney, B.A.; Darrell Hill, B.A. (Peoria)
Management Information Systems - Joseph Liesen, M.S.
Mathematical Sciences - Michael Roberts, B.A.
Political Studies - Matthew Harbour, B.A.; Pamela Schallhorn, M.A.
Psychology - Holly Cunningham, B.A.
Public Administration - Megan Bleich, M.P.A.; Rosemary Lenaghan, D.P.A.
Public Affairs Reporting - Rachel Deborah Lippman, M.A.
Public Health - Lisa Buettner, M.P.H.
Social Work - Lindsay Hyman, B.S.W.
Sociology/Anthropology - James Farris, B.A.
Teacher Leadership - Katie Price, M.A.
Visual Arts - James Cockroft, 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 5. Events on Wednesday, May 10, include an Alumni Association Class Ring and Student Leadership Award Recognition Ceremony and a Late Night Breakfast. UIS’ four colleges will hold individual receptions on Friday, May 12. A breakfast for online degree graduates is scheduled for Saturday morning, May 13. 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/registration/graduation/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/registration/graduation/commencement/.

    The University of Illinois at Springfield, one of three U of I campuses, is a small, public liberal arts university that offers 42 degree programs – 21 bachelor’s, 20 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.