Monday, May 12, 2014

Susan Koch: Graduating students made steep climbs to success

The following is a portion of a column written by UIS Chancellor Susan J. Koch. It was published in a May 11, 2014 edition of The State Journal-Register.

"Today marks just a few days from the end of the university semester, and by last count, 1,364 students are slated to complete their college degrees this spring at University of Illinois Springfield.

The university will celebrate this milestone on Saturday in Springfield’s Prairie Capital Convention Center when several thousand graduates, faculty, staff, family members, dignitaries and friends will convene for our 43rd Commencement.

Commencement at any university is always a very special day and, as chancellor of UIS, I’m proud of every participant. But as I shake the hand of each graduate, I’ll be aware that the path to graduation for some students has been much steeper than for others. I spoke to a few students last week who have made that steep climb most successfully."

Read the full column online