MacMurray's 167th Commencement to be held May 19

May 16, 2018 | 3:13 PM

MacMurray College will hold its 167th annual Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 19, at 10:30 a.m. in Annie Merner Chapel. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Angela McFarlane, trustee of the Education Development Trust in England, a program that works collaboratively with national and local governments, schools and other partners to design and deliver sustainable solutions to improve education.

The Class of 2018 includes 114 undergraduates. MacMurray will confer Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in nursing, Bachelor of social work, Associate of Art and Associate of Science. 

An Honorary Doctor of Science degree will be bestowed upon Dr. Dennis Mueller, a 1968 MacMurray graduate, who has worked at the Princeton University Plasma Physics Laboratory for 40 years, concentrating on the development of controlled thermonuclear fusion. The College will also bestow an Honorary Doctor of Educational Leadership to McFarlane.

McFarlane, whose keynote speech is titled "Shaping the Future," began her career as a secondary school science teacher. She went on to join and then lead a curriculum development and research unit within the Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge before joining the British Educational Communications and Technology Agency as Director for Evidence and Practice. McFarlane has also held professorial titles in four leading universities - University of Bristol, University of Oslo, King's College at the University of London and the University of Bath. 

Throughout her research career, McFarlane has worked with teachers and learners in a range of schools and is an experienced designer and deliverer of continuing professional development for teachers. More recently, she has worked as the Chief Executive and Registrar at the College of Teachers where she led its transformation into the Chartered College of Teaching. 

The Commencement ceremony is free and open to the public, if tickets are available. To reserve a ticket and to find out if space is available, call 217-479-7024, or email 

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