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Seniors aim to finish bucket list before graduation

By Christen McGlynn May 6, 2014

With only a couple weeks left of the school year, the class of 2014 is starting to say farewell to its four undergraduate years at the University. While they may have started their time here as freshmen...

Four years of change around campus

By Earn Saenmuk May 6, 2014

One of most significant changes was made only two years ago— the restoration of the Alma Mater. The Alma Mater left campus on August 7, 2012 for an extended restoration and returned to campus on April...

A 2013 graduate poses for a photo at last year's GradFest.

GradFest a fun, but also beneficial event for grads

By Mara Shapiro May 6, 2014

When commencement comes to a close on May 17, graduation caps will be tossed and diplomas will be handed out, and seniors will officially become alumni.  The Student Alumni Ambassadors and the University...

‘Don’t forget to look forward’

‘Don’t forget to look forward’

May 6, 2014

Dear seniors, On May 17, you,along with 11,000 of your peers, will “turn the tassels,” throw your caps into the air and take one last picture by the (now bronze) Alma Mater statue. Although entering...

Seniors: By the numbers

Seniors: By the numbers

By Stephanie Kim May 6, 2014

In about two weeks, roughly 11,000 seniors will finish their undergraduate schooling with years of memories and a bachelor’s degree in hand. But even if they represent more than one-fourth of the student...

Graduation weekend schedule of events

May 6, 2014

Native American House Congratulatory Program For all graduating Native American students  When: Friday, May 16, at 5:30 p.m. Location: Illini Union Rooms A, B and C   Bruce D. Nesbitt African-American...

Ashley Robin, Bronze Tablet recipient and senior in Business, stands in front of the names of former Bronze Tablet scholars in the Main Library. The Bronze Tablet award recipients for the class of 2014 will be hung on the Main Library's wall in November 2014.

Scholar, sister and achiever

May 6, 2014

According to Ashley Robin, senior in Business, becoming a Bronze Tablet Scholar was pretty much expected of her by her parents. Since the start of her academic career, she has been a straight-A student.  Even...

Dianne Mohr, a 2011 alumna, worked with wild animals during her senior year study abroad trip to South Africa.

425,000 and growing: University alumni continue to span a variety of fields

May 6, 2014

Graduation day can be a time for current students to look back on their college memories, but it can also be a time for University alumni to reflect on how much they have accomplished since their own days...

Kelsey Vlamis (right) celebrates her freshman-year Unofficial St. Patrick's Day with Zana Darwish (left), senior in ACES.

Senior Essay: “What does U of I mean to me?”

By Kelsey Vlamis May 6, 2014

Alas, when asked to comment on my University experience in approximately 500 words, I found myself drawing a blank. Not due to a lack of notable experiences, but rather an inability to determine which...

Colonel Mike Hopkins will speak at the University Commencement May 17 at Memorial Stadium.

Commencement speaker Mike Hopkins credits UI with success

May 6, 2014

On Sept. 25, 2013, Colonel Mike Hopkins was strapped in the Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft ready for takeoff on his first mission to space.  If this sounds like the beginning to a science fiction novel, that’s...

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