Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Message, not the messenger, most important for area commencement speakers

The commencement speaker at the University of Illinois Springfield this year is Martin Castro, chairman of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

“Obviously we want a speaker who would have a good message to our students,” said University of Illinois Springfield spokesman Derek Schnapp.

“Cost is a factor when we look for a commencement speaker,” Schnapp added. “We have paid an honorarium and travel costs, but not in the past few years. We are paying for his hotel this year.”

Commencement was featured in an May 10, 2011, article in The State Journal-Register.

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