Welcome to Millikin University's Commencement website. Throughout this site you will find helpful information to use during your Commencement planning. This year's Commencement and activities surrounding the ceremony are coordinated by the Provost. Many of the questions you may have can be found on these pages or you may direct question towards Cindy Landacre at 217-424-6220.

May Graduation Speakers

Traditional Student Commencement, May 22, 2016

Commencement Student Speaker:  Alyssa P. Saklak
Alyssa Saklak Alyssa Saklak is from Schaumburg, Illinois and is graduating with a Bachelor Science degree in Nursing.


Commencement Speaker: 

Dr.  Jennifer C. Friday
Jennifer Friday Dr. Jennifer C. Friday, is President and Principal Researcher of the Friday Consulting Group, LLC, a woman and minority-owned research and management consulting firm located in Atlanta, Georgia.  She currently serves on the psychology faculty at Georgia Gwinnett College.  Dr. Friday has a Ph.D. in Psychology and a Masters of Art in Psychology from the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga.  Dr. Friday graduated in 1977 from Millikin University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology.


MBA/DNP Commencement,  May 22, 2016

MBA Program Speaker:   Sara C. Theis
Sarah Theis Sara C. Theis is receiving her Masters of Business Administration degree.  Ms. Theis received her Masters of Fine Arts degree in Stage Management from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts from Marquette University.  She currently serves as Instructor of Theatre at Millikin University.


Doctor in Nursing Practice Program Speaker: Candace N. Brenner
Candace Benner Candace N. Benner is from Forsyth, Illinois and is graduating with a Doctor in Nursing Practice degree.  Ms. Benner received her Masters of Science in Nursing from Illinois State University, and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Millikin University.  She is a board certified Nurse Practitioner.


Commencement Speaker: William H. Manley
Bill Manley

William H. Manley is from Decatur, Illinois and was recently named the Vice-President of Operations Support at Archer Daniels Midland.  He received his Masters of Business Administration from Millikin University and his Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from Michigan Technological University. 

Not Participating?

If you will be unable to participate in this year's commencement ceremony, you must request permission to graduate in absentia by writing to Millikin's President Patrick E. White. This letter must be submitted by May 1.