Dominican University moves graduation from River Forest campus to UIC arena

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By Dan Haley

Editor and Publisher

OK, here's the trade-off for this year's grads at Dominican University: Invite only a couple of people to your college graduation and enjoy the culmination of your four year odyssey in the cozy confines of the Lund Auditorium right on the leafy campus. Or invite six people to see you make the march but do it in the less welcoming UIC Forum arena in the concrete splendor of the Circle Campus.

Actually the decision has been made and for the first time in its history the May 4 commencement exercises (where did that term come from?) for Dominican will not be on campus. The class just got too large and live streaming the event for the overflow crowd into the school's gym was not a great solution.

Instead the undergrads will hear Christopher Kennedy, scion of the Kennedy clan and until recently overseer of the family's Merchandise Mart properties, as their morning commencement speaker. The graduate school will matriculate in the afternoon.

Kennedy has genuine Dominican connections having taught an honors course this spring on the links between government and community policy on agencies focused on social justice. Kennedy is one of the 11 children of Robert and Ethel Kennedy.

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