Knox College Prepares for Commencement

From WGIL radio:

The President of Knox College says the college has a lot to be proud of as it wraps up its 172nd year of existence.

It’s Commencement weekend on the Knox College campus, and Roger Taylor says students and faculty alike have made many accomplishments this year, from Chemistry major forming a college chapter of the American Chemical Society, to students volunteering, to a number of student awards, and all the hoopla surrounding the anniversary of the famous Lincoln-Douglas Debates.

Taylor tells WGIL many students will be recognized during commencement ceremonies Saturday morning, as will faculty members.

“There is a faculty teaching award — the Caterpillar award supported by the Caterpillar Foundation — that’s awarded to the member of the faculty for teaching excellence,” Taylor said. “It’s a faculty member chosen by the faculty personnel committee each year, and it will be announced at commencement.”

Taylor says while the selection is a surprise until Saturday, it really should be no surprise to anyone who the winner will end up being.

U.S. Attorney for Northern Illinois Patrick Fitzgerald is scheduled to give the commencement address. Fitzgerald has uncovered a lot of alleged government corruption in the last several years, and was responsible for the indictment of now-former Governor Rod Blagojevich.