Knox Students Think Big for Commencement

The Quad City Times notes Knox College’s plans for Commencement.


National media attention again will focus on Knox College in Galesburg this summer.

Former president Bill Clinton will give the college’s commencement address June 2, making it the third straight year a celebrity speaker has graced the campus.

Stephen Colbert, star of Comedy Central’s ‘The Colbert Report,’ spoke in 2006, and U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) spoke in 2005….

Mr. Clinton accepted last December. The only other U.S. president to have been awarded an honorary degree from Knox is Abraham Lincoln, who was honored in 1860 prior to taking office.

‘The students have always thought big,’ Ms. Heartlein said, noting the junior class officers poll their classmates the year before their graduation. ‘They have high expectations. They’re not afraid to ask for the people, for the speakers that they want. I have to give them a lot of credit.’

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