Graduation

Attendance at Commerce convocation has grown so large that this year we had two ceremonies, one for accountancy and economics, and one for business administration and finance.
Sunny smiles lit the gray skies at the Commerce convocation reception held between the two ceremonies.

Guest speakers included John Rozinsky ('60), president of the Commerce Alumni Association, and Bill Engelbrecht, former president of the college's Business Advisory Council and recipient of the Commerce Appreciation Award in 1990. Although a graduate of the College of Communications Engelbrecht has been an outstanding friend to Commerce, and the university. During the university ceremony he received the University Distinguished Service Award. Student speakers were Stephanie Brown and Ann Desollar.
Hillary Rodham Clinton spoke at both university graduation ceremonies at the Assembly Hall in May. She also received an honorary degree from the UI.


The most unusual graduation ceremony took place at the Kazimierzowski Palace in Warsaw, Poland, on March 12, 1994. Thirty-five Polish students were awarded M.B.A. degrees from the University of Illinois/University of Warsaw. Nicholas Rey, U.S. Ambassador to Poland was the keynote speaker. Dean Howard Thomas, Professor Case Sprenkle, director of the UI/Warsaw MBA Program, and Wlodzmierz Siwinski, rector of the University of Warsaw, and other dignitaries were in attendance.
Wilma Smelcer at the MBA graduation

Wilma Smelcer (M.B.A. '73), executive vice president of Bank of America/Illinois, spoke to the 258 graduating MBA students. Her speech, "Wilma's Rules of Evolution," centered on four main points: Think Team, Focus on Clients, Be Different, and Think Global. She ended with Shakespeare's sage advice, "This above all, to thine own self be true." What she delivered to the graduating MBAs was a formula for success.