Knox College Commencement 2011

Eco-entrepreneur Majora Carter delivers remarks: "You guys will rock!"

June 04, 2011

Knox College Commencement 2011

Knox College conducted its 166th Commencement exercises on Saturday on the South Lawn of Old Main, where Commencement speaker Majora Carter told more than 300 graduating seniors they should "believe anything is possible."

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Trustee John D. Podesta '71 (above left) introduced Commencement speaker Majora Carter, saying: "The movement that she helped create -- empowering people to live healthier, more meaningful and abundant lives -- is central to the vision and aspiration of Knox College."

"Now is the time that demands your creativity," said Carter, an eco-entrepreneur who runs her own consulting firm, Majora Carter Group, L.L.C., and hosts the Peabody Award-winning radio series The Promised Land. "This is a time that literally demands for people like you...to believe that anything is possible."

Knox College Commencement 2011
Knox College Commencement 2011

Trustee Charles F. Smith '84 (above right) introduced honorary degree recipient Kate Maehr (above left, with faculty members Nancy Eberhardt and Lane Sunderland and President Roger Taylor), chief executive officer of the Greater Chicago Food Depository, Chicago's food bank. Smith said Maehr's life "serves as a shining example" of how a liberal arts education can prepare someone for a lifetime of serving others. After the Commencement ceremony, she told a news conference that hunger affects people across the state, and she feels optimistic that today's graduates will play roles in the battle against hunger.

Knox College Commencement 2011

The proud relatives and friends of the new Knox graduates included Ann and Dermot Manning of London, England (right), who arrived at 7:50 a.m. to stake out seats beneath a shady tree. They were at Knox to watch their daughter, Catherine, who majored in international relations and history, pick up her diploma.

Another parent, Janice Spataro, who with her family was getting ready to watch daughter Alison cross the stage, said she had mixed feelings about the occasion. "I'm very proud of her and sad at the same time because I know she'll be sad to be leaving. She's loved her Knox experience."

Knox College Commencement 2011
Knox College Commencement 2011
Knox College Commencement 2011

David Kurian (above right) and four fellow graduates who participated in Ultimate Frisbee Club all sported flying disc hats.

Knox College Commencement 2011
Brett W. Tilly '95 (above right) presented the Caterpillar Faculty Achievement Award to Knox faculty member L. Sue Hulett (above left), the Richard P. and Sophia D. Henke Distinguished Professor of Political Science. On the Knox faculty since 1980, Hulett "has been one of the College's premier teachers and scholars," Tilly said.

Knox College Commencement 2011
Senior class speaker Jordan Kristopher Lanfair (above) recalled the four years at Knox that he and his classmates have shared. "We've dared to resist the phrase 'You can't.' Wherever we've met limitations, we've faced it like champions, with a boundless spirit and a hunger for the challenge to come."

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Above, commencement speakers Janet Koran '71 (left), chair of the Knox College Board of Trustees, and Knox College President Roger Taylor '63. Below left, Grand Marshal Heather Hoffman, professor of psychology, and President Taylor lead the recessional away from Old Main. Below right, senior class officer Zachary Kahn '11 waits in the Alumni Room in Old Main for Commencement to begin.

Knox College Commencement 2011

Knox College Commencement 2011

Knox College Commencement 2011
As faculty and trustees applaud, College Marshal Angelica Ostaszewski leads the recessional of more than 300 graduates in the Knox College Class of 2011.