William Penn Commencement 2017 Print
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Written by Jason Madison   
Thursday, 04 May 2017 08:00

William Penn University is holding its 142nd commencement ceremony this Saturday, May 6th at the Penn Activity Center. The doors to the event will open at 8:30 a.m. with the ceremony scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.

Venders and university staff have been busy this week transforming the PAC for Saturday's graduation. School officials say there will be roughly 300 graduates crossing the stage this weekend in front of crowd of more than 2,500 friends and families.

The 2017 commencement speaker is current Chair of the William Penn Board of Trustees, Jerry Ellis. Ellis joined the Board of Trustees in 2004 and became the Chair in 2011. Ellis started his college career at William Penn in 1956 before transferring to the University of Iowa to complete his Bachelor of Business Administration in 1960 and his Masters of Business Administration in 1962. Although Ellis transferred from one college to another, he believes William Penn was the solid foundation for his college experience. Following his college days, Ellis joined the international accounting firm of Arthur Andersen in 1962 and spent 38 years with the firm. Ellis and his wife Lucy now live in Pella, IA.

If you're unable to attend the commencement, CRI and the William Penn Digital Communication Department will be live streaming the ceremony via the web and on local television. You can watch the broadcast online at the William Penn's homepage, www.wmpenn.edu or on our website, www.critv.org. For local MCG subscribers the graduation will air live on channels 7 and 12.

On a side note, we would like to send special congratulations to five of our seniors graduating from the Digital Communication Program. Good luck to Miranda Keeler, Titus Letzring, Becky Kopp, Alyssa Phillips, Marcus Littleton and the rest of the 2017 class.