Publication Date

Summer 5-13-1989

Streaming Media


Duration: 32:06

Through funding provided by the Alumni Relations Office, the original audio cassette was digitizedffor streaming access here. Where possible, sound quality has been enhanced.

The file was edited by The Ames Library, Spring 2014, so that Simon's speech, which splits across side A & B, is contained in one recording presented here. The remainder of the ceremony, except for the individual names of graduates, is present on Side B of the cassette. An archival quality digital copy of the entire recording is available in the University Archives (


This recording contains the invocation by Rev. Thomas E. Herbranson, the Presidential Welcome by Wendell Hess and the entire speech given by Senator Paul Simon at the Illinois Wesleyan University 1989 Commencement. Remarks by student Sheryl Lynne Swartz and Senior Class President Kurt Eric Bryning are included. The conferral of honorary degrees for Mr. Russell O. Shirk and Sen. Simon, recognition of faculty retirees and a special tribute to recently deceased Tracy Little (Senior, Biology major) are also present in this recording.


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