Regardless of what former Bill Clinton says during Knox College’s commencement Saturday, graduating students will remember.
Jake Kuhnline, Knox’s senior class president, said students won’t forget having such a prominent figure speak on the day they receive their diplomas.
“Fifty years from now, we’re going to remember having a world leader speak at graduation,” Kuhnline said.
Clinton will become the second president to receive an honorary degree from Knox College. The other one was Abraham Lincoln, who was honored in 1860 before taking office.
Exactly what Clinton will say Saturday is a mystery.
Karrie Heartlein, director of public relations at Knox College, said she thinks he was attracted to Knox by its historic mission and commitment to equality and diversity.
“I think he was also attracted to Knox’s history with (Abraham) Lincoln, and I hope he’ll touch on those topics while he’s here.”