Area Students among Illinois College graduates
The following students were awarded degrees from Illinois College 178th commencement exercise on the Historic Upper Quadrangle of the liberal arts college in Jacksonville.
Daniel Brasel gradauted with a degree in management and organizational leadership, and English. He is the son of Christopher and Beatriz Brasel of East Moline and a gradaute of United High School.
Joshua McManus gradauted with a degree in biology. He is the son of Timothy and Mellinda McManus of Reynolds and a gradaute of Rockridge High School.
Mackenzie Oak gradauted cum laude with a degree in biology. She is the daughter of Kevin and Cynthia Oak of Taylor Ridge and a gradaute of Rockridge High School.
Dustin Secrist gradauted with a degree in education. He is the son of Casey Secrist of Hillsdale and a gradaute of Riverdale High School.
Illinois College has awarded diplomas annually since 1835 when it was the site of the first college commencement ceremony in the state. The newest class of graduates totaled 170.
Distinguished Professor of International Affairs at the U.S. Naval Academy and former U.S. Ambassador John Limbert delivered the commencement address and was awarded the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. Illinois College alumnus James Bruner was also awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. The Illinois businessman and contractor served 20 years on the Illinois College Board of Trustees and provided the lead gift for the state-of-the art Bruner Fitness and Recreation Center.
Founded in 1829, Illinois College is a residential liberal arts college fostering academic excellence rooted in opportunities for experiential learning while preparing students for lifelong success.