- Downer's Grove, IL
2014 Jun 12
Allison Williams of Downer's Grove, IL graduated from Blackburn College on Saturday May 17. Williams graduated with a degree in Elementary Education. She also graduated Cum Laude. 95 Seniors received diplomas that day and several students also received special honors.
Edwin Jaenke from the class of 1950 delivered the Commencement Address entitled "A Fork in the Road". Jaenke, who was a former Governor of the Farm Credit Association, gave a very compelling speech about his time at Blackburn and the impact it had on his career. George E. Malo from the class of 1966 also presented several Alumni Association Awards. The Blackburn College Choir led by See Tsai Chan sang songs for the ceremony as well.
Founded in 1837, Blackburn College is a four-year, Presbyterian-related, co-educational liberal arts college located in Carlinville, Illinois. One of the seven work colleges in the U.S., Blackburn is the only one with a student-managed Work Program. Blackburn was also ranked by US News as the 2012 #2 Best Value College in the Midwest and The Washington Monthly ranked the school as #17 among baccalaureate colleges, nationally, and best in Illinois in 2013. The school remains the most affordable, residential liberal arts college in the state.