Convocation and Graduation Ceremonies for Class of 2006

Graduation is both an end and a beginning. Receiving a degree is the end of one cycle of education and, for most, the beginning of a career.
The class of 2006 celebrated its convocation on May 13 with speeches, laughter, and a few tears.

Steve Van Arsdell.Steve Van Arsdell (right), a senior partner at Deloitte & Touche USA LLP, was the speaker for the College ceremony in the Assembly Hall. A member of the Class of 1972, Van Arsdell urged graduates to choose to be optimistic, noting that when he graduated the world faced economic problems and heightened international violence. Like today, it was easy to be overwhelmed in the 1970s by the difficult issues of the times.
He also told the students to get involved in what they are passionate about. “This goes for your personal as well as your professional choices. Choose to be involved not only in your careers but also in your families and in your communities. Volunteer to help others in an area you truly care about,” he said. “In my case, I have found my ongoing involvement with the University of Illinois to be a terrific experience. In truth, I have never left the University of Illinois; though, I assure you, I did graduate. Helping this great College, which has helped me so greatly, is truly a pleasure.”
Van Arsdell, who currently serves on the Dean’s Business Council and on the board of the College of Business Alumni Association, urged the students to approach their lives with optimism, approach their endeavors with passion, and to do everything with integrity. “If you do,” he said, “you will succeed.”

Everett Westmeyer.Also addressing the graduates was Everett Westmeyer, speaking on behalf of the College of Business Alumni Association. Westmeyer urged the graduates to stay in touch with each other and to utlize the resources of the alumni association to keep their affiliation with the campus strong.
“Take a look around you