Plenty of activity abounds around the Residence Hall/Recreation Center on the campus of North Central College this week.
Students are moving out, landscapers are sprucing up plantings and sprinklers watering the lawn are creating rainbows in the sunshine all along Brainard Street, south of Chicago Avenue, in preparation of the 147th Commencement Ceremony this weekend.
Aaron S. Williams, director of the Peace Corps, will deliver the address. Williams is the 18th director of the Peace Corps, since its founding in 1961.
During its first 50 years, the Peace Corps has sent more than 200,000 volunteers and trainees to 139 different countries. Williams is one of only four directors in Peace Corps history to have previously served as a Peace Corps volunteer. From 1967-1970, Williams served in the Dominican Republic.
A native of Chicago, Williams earned a bachelor’s degree from Chicago State University and an M.B.A. from the University of Wisconsin.
The ceremony will conclude North Central College’s yearlong celebration of its Sesquicentennial, marking 150 years since its founding in 1861.
The Commencement ceremony at 10AM Sat., June 9, is expected to draw more than 5,000 parents, alumni and visitors to North Central’s Residence Hall/Recreation Center, 440 S. Brainard St.
Tickets are not required but seating is on a first-come, first-served basis so guests are encouraged to arrive early. A procession begins at 9:40AM.
Graduates also might consider commencement to be perfect the time to consider leaving a commemorative mark at the new Gateway Park adjacent to Fredenhagen Park along the Riverwalk. The new park is expected to begin taking shape after graduation and, weather permitting, will be completed by the time students return to North Central in the fall of 2012.
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Congratulations again to North Central College as it wraps up its Sesquicentennial celebration.