Area students to participate in Parkland College 44th Commencement PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 10 May 2011 14:17

U of I interim vice president, chancellor to address nearly 1,000 graduates

CHAMPAIGN, IL (05/10/2011)(readMedia)-- Area students will participate in Parkland College's 44th Commencement Exercises on Friday, May 13 at 8 p.m. at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. The public may watch the graduation ceremony live by going online to for the live video stream or by tuning in to the Parkland channel (PCTV), which will broadcast the ceremony live. PCTV is available on Comcast channel 9, Mediacom channel 10, and U-verse channel 99.

Nearly 1,000 candidates for graduation will be earning an associate's degree or certificate this year. Keynote speaker for the event will be Robert A. Easter, Ph.D., interim vice president, chancellor, and professor of Animal Sciences and Nutritional Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. During the ceremony, Dr. Easter will receive an honorary associate's degree for outstanding community service and appreciation of higher education, and local entrepreneur Darrin Peters ('96, A.A.S., Agricultural Business Management), founder and president of Midwest Underground Technology, Inc. (MUTI) of Champaign, will receive Parkland's Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Participating area students include:

Charles King of Davenport

Jessica Bounds of Silvis

Parkland's commencement will include selections by the Parkland College Wind Ensemble, directed by Verlin Richardson, as well as an invocation and benediction by Rev. Jong Heon Ham of The Korean Presbyterian Church of Champaign-Urbana. A reception will be held immediately following the recessional in the Krannert Center lobby. Tickets are required.

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