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CBS 2 Chicago Anchor and Reporter Jim Williams is set to deliver North Central’s 2019 Commencement address June 8


Above / North Central College will welcome award-winning journalist and CBS 2 Chicago anchor and reporter Jim Williams to address North Central’s 2019 Graduating Class on Sat., June 8, at the College’s Residence Hall/Recreation Center, located at 440 S. Brainard St. (PN File Photo)

Update, June 8, 2019 / Families and friends of 2019 North Central College graduates began lining up at 7AM to enter the Residence Hall/Recreation Center, 440 S. Brainard St., on the campus of North Central College. Welcome  to all on this glorious spring day for commencement!

Watch commencement streaming live or archived at www.northcentralcollege.edu/.

Enjoy welcomes by North Central College President Dr. Troy Hammond and Naperville Mayor Steve Chirico, and addresses by graduating senior Norah Flaherty and keynote speaker Jim Williams; followed by presentations of honorary, masters and bachelors degrees.

After the Keynote Commencement speech focused on “the importance of community and human connections,” Jim Williams was recognized with an honorary degree as Doctor of Humane Letters.

Congratulations to all!

Update, June 5, 2019 / Doors open at 8:30AM Sat., June 8, when more than 800 graduates of North Central College’s Class of 2019 will receive degrees. The 154th Commencement will include graduates from 23 different states and 25 different countries representing 75 different majors as well as 10 military veterans.

Graduates will lineup at 9AM for the Processional to begin at 9:40AM, followed by the Commencement Ceremony at 10AM in the Residence Hall/Recreation Center, 440 S. Brainard St., on the campus of North Central College. 

The Commencement speech will be delivered by Jim Williams, news anchor and reporter, CBS 2 Chicago. North Central College President Troy D. Hammond and other College faculty and staff will address the graduating students.

The remote viewing area will be at Wentz Concert Hall in the North Central College Fine and Performing Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. 

The public is welcome to join parents, families and friends of graduates.

Special Notes / North Central College Class of 2019

  • 40 percent of the graduates are first-generation, meaning neither their mother nor father graduated from college
  • First-generation graduate Nebil Mohammed, an accounting major, will have 20 family members supporting him at graduation, including 10 from his native Ethiopia and others from Canada and Switzerland
  • Dhruvil Patel, an accounting major, graduates as the cross country and track programs’ all-time leader with 13 All-American awards, including six national titles
  • Only 40 percent of teen moms finish high school and fewer than 2 percent complete college by age 30. Yet North Central graduates Adrianna Martinez, an entrepreneurship and small business management major, and Cassandra Wingert, an organizational communication major, are defying those odds, as both will walk across the stage to receive their diplomas this Saturday.

—Jeremy  Borling, Director of Communications, North Central College

Jim Williams

Original Post, May 13, 2019 / Veteran news anchor and reporter Jim Williams will address the graduating class at North Central College’s 154th Commencement on June 8.

Williams is the Sunday evening news anchor and a general assignment reporter for CBS 2 Chicago. He started his more than 40-year media career at Chicago’s WGN as a news writer, producer and reporter. He also spent four years as a national correspondent at ABC News, reporting for “World News Tonight with Peter Jennings” and “Good Morning America.”

Williams has won several awards for his journalism, including an Emmy for investigative reporting. In May 2018, he was inducted into the National Television Academy of Arts & Sciences’ Silver Circle for his lifetime of work in Chicago television.

“Delivering the commencement address at North Central College will be one of the great honors of my life,” said Williams. “I’m thrilled for the opportunity to share such a wonderful and memorable day with the 2019 graduates, their families, and the faculty and staff of this stellar institution.”

Born and raised on Chicago’s South Side, Williams is a graduate of Columbia College in Chicago. He serves on the board of directors for the Mercy Home for Boys & Girls. In addition to his work in broadcast, Williams served as press secretary for Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley from 1992 to 1997.

“Jim Williams has been at the forefront of the news for more than four decades, covering everything from local news to world-changing events with honesty and integrity,” said North Central College President Troy D. Hammond. “As a veteran reporter, his experience will help send off our 2019 graduates with a message of encouragement as they embark on this next phase of their lives.”

Academic Procession at 9:40AM, followed by Commencement at 10AM

North Central College Commencement exercises will be held beginning at 10AM Sat., June 8, at the College’s Residence Hall/Recreation Center, located at 440 S. Brainard. (PN File Photo)

Information about North Central College’s Class of 2019 Commencement is available at www.northcentralcollege.edu/commencement.

The academic procession begins at 9:40AM with Commencement at 10AM. The ceremony is expected to draw more than 5,000 family members, friends and alumni to North Central College’s Residence Hall/Recreation Center. Tickets are not required but seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests are encouraged to arrive early.

North Central College since 1861

Founded in 1861, North Central College is an independent, comprehensive college of the liberal arts and sciences that offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and six graduate programs. With more than 2,900 students, North Central provides a rigorous, studentcentered education and fosters a diverse, inclusive and globally engaged community that prepares students for action and leadership in a complex world. Just 30 minutes from Chicago’s Loop, the campus is located in the Historic District of Naperville, Ill., rated by Money magazine as among the nation’s “Best Places to Live” and by niche.com as second on their list of “Best Places to Live in Illinois.”

Visit northcentralcollege.edu and discover what it means to Be Central.

Story and photo submitted by Jeremy Borling, Director of Communication, North Central College.


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