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History

Commencement ceremony patterns have evolved over the last few decades, the current one being the most well received by students, faculty and parents. Read more about the history of commencement at University of Illinois at Chicago.

COMMENCEMENT SPEAKERS 1977-2003

In 2004, a new commencement model was adopted which featured individual college commencements.  There was no general commencement speaker.

2003
Felicia Middlebrooks
Morning News Anchor WBBM News Radio 780

2002
Connie Payton
Wife of the late Chicago Bear, Walter Payton

2000
James R. Thompson
Former Governor of the State of Illinois

1999
William Daley
Secretary, US Department of Commerce

1995
Stanley O. Ikenberry
Former President of the University of Illinois
(morning and afternoon commencements)

1994
Carol Moseley Braun
U.S. Senator, Illinois
(morning and afternoon commencements)

1993
Bernard Shaw
Cable News Network (CNN) Anchor
(morning and afternoon commencements)

1992
Dr. Louis Sullivan
Secretary, US Department of Health and Human Services
(Also received Honorary Degree at this commencement)
(morning and afternoon commencements)

1990
Donald Langenberg
Chancellor of University of Illinois at Chicago
(morning and afternoon commencements)

1989
Leon M. Lederman
Director of Fermi Laboratories
(morning commencement)

A. Leon Higginbothan, Jr.
Chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
(afternoon commencement)

1988
Earl Neal
President of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees
(morning commencement)

Williard L. Boyd
President, Field Museum of Natural History
(afternoon commencement)

1987
James R. Thompson
Governor of the State of Illinois
(morning commencement)

James Reilly
Lieutenant Governor of the State of Illinois
(afternoon commencement)

1986
John Corbally
President of the University of Illinois
(March commencement)

John Brooks Slaughter
President, University of Maryland at College Park
(June commencement)

1985
Robert Remini
Professor of History, University of Illinois at Chicago
(March commencement)

1984
John Cribbet
Chancellor of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

1983
Donald Riddle
Chancellor of the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle

1982
Joseph Begando
Chancellor of the University of Illinois Medical Center

1981
Timothy Healy
Author and President of Georgetown University

1980
Bayard Rustin
Activist

1979
John Corbally
President of the University of Illinois

1978
William Gerberding
Chancellor of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

1977
James R. Thompson
Governor of the State of Illinois

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