More on 2011 Commencement Ceremonies

In case you were wonderin’ what to do on that District-Wide Commencement Wednesday with your classes AND those Final Exams…

Per CCC email (cut-and-paste):


March 8, 2011

Re: Spring 2011 Commencement Ceremony Participation

Dear Faculty:

As you know, for the first time in recent City Colleges of Chicago history, all seven City Colleges will come together to honor our Associate degree completers at a district-wide spring commencement ceremony.   

The ceremony will take place on:

Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 6:00 p.m.

University of Illinois at Chicago Pavilion

525 S. Racine Ave., Chicago, IL

(Overflow accommodations at the UIC Forum, 725 West Roosevelt Road)

All full-time faculty are required to attend the commencement ceremony. This is a ticketed event, and graduation regalia is required for all ceremony participants. You must confirm attendance and place your order for graduation regalia with your College Registrar.  Please confirm your participation and order your graduation regalia no later than Friday, March 11, 2011.

If you have a final exam scheduled for Wednesday evening, and you have students participating in commencement, please reschedule the final exam to allow students who are graduating to participate in the ceremony.

If you have a final exam scheduled for Wednesday evening, and do not have students participating in commencement, you are excused from commencement so the exam can be given as originally scheduled. 

All other full-time faculty are required to attend commencement.

We appreciate your commitment to our students and your willingness to share in this special celebration of our graduates.  If you have any questions regarding commencement ceremony participation, please email Dr. Vernese Edghill-Walden at


Angela Henderson


12 thoughts on “More on 2011 Commencement Ceremonies

  1. Before we send all those grads into the job market,
    we better read this by Paul Krugman:

    Op-Ed Columnist
    Degrees and Dollars
    Published: March 6, 2011


    “But there are things education can’t do. In particular, the notion that putting more kids through college can restore the middle-class society we used to have is wishful thinking. It’s no longer true that having a college degree guarantees that you’ll get a good job, and it’s becoming less true with each passing decade.

    So if we want a society of broadly shared prosperity, education isn’t the answer — we’ll have to go about building that society directly. We need to restore the bargaining power that labor has lost over the last 30 years, so that ordinary workers as well as superstars have the power to bargain for good wages. We need to guarantee the essentials, above all health care, to every citizen.

    What we can’t do is get where we need to go just by giving workers college degrees, which may be no more than tickets to jobs that don’t exist or don’t pay middle-class wages.”

  2. If you’re teaching the night of graduation, I suggest emailing that info to Dr. Vernese Edghill-Walden ( I did so last night, and she promptly replied, thanking me for letting her know and CC’ing John Hader, Donyel Williams, and Cecelia Lopez.

    • Great advice! I’m teaching (I have a final exam) and did fill out the form notifying my superiors of my prior obligation – but I hadn’t thought to email her. Thanks!

  3. How exactly do the powers-that-be intend to keep track of who attends the all-college graduation?

    • Watch out for flocks of black helicopters flying and hovering around the city’s neighborhoods that day.

  4. Announcing: The Annual Struthio camelus (Ostrich)CCC Award!

    This award is given to the CCC faculty member that best impersonates the famous flightless bird notorious for sticking its head in the proverbial sand and for being oblivious to what they hear or see around them. The, I presume, proud winner has succeeded at trying to avoid dealing with a situation or realizing the inevitable by pretending the problem or fact is not really there.

    When the De-Invention measures began to be put in place, representing the actual destruction of our institution by aligning our colleges with corporations, the winner kept crying: “if I can’t see it, it can’t see me,” voluntarily going into a state of denial of the situation.

    With his/her head in Lake Michigan’s polluted waters, eager for good news, you cannot hear or see what is happening around you, so in your mind the threat we all face really isn’t happening at all.

    To you, presented by Pollyanna, here’s the CCC Grand Ostrich Prize!

    To follow:
    2nd Place: The Kiwi Award
    Third Place: The Emu Award
    Consolation Award: The Ratite Award.
    Other Awards: The Dodo

    Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody. ~Mark Twain, Pudd’nhead Wilson, 1894

    And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you. – Nietzsche

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