MACOMB, Moline, IL – Virtual commencement ceremonies, recognizing the academic and personal accomplishments of Western Illinois University students, can be viewed on WIU’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.

The number of students eligible for Fall 2020 Commencement is 797, which included 609 undergraduate students, of which 59 are in the Bachelor of Arts in General Studies degree program; 188 master’s degrees were conferred, which includes 10 doctoral degrees; eight earning their doctoral degrees in educational leadership (Ed.D.): Lacey Anderson, of Seatonville, IL; Brandi Anderson-Maier, of Peru, IL; *Jonathan E. Devereueawax, of Dixon, IL *(completed Summer 2020); Marcie G. Faust, of Highland Park, IL; Michaela Joy Fray, of Quincy, IL; Margaret A. Lesniak, of Tinley Park, IL; John P. Price, of Chicago, IL; Michael J. Ruff, of Taylor Ridge, IL; and Anne M. Zahn, of Chicago, IL; and two students earning their Ph.D. in environmental science – large river ecosystems: Michele Marie Rehbein, of Helper, UT; and Anshu Singh, of Bettendorf, IA.

The video ceremony included remarks from alumni, remarks from deans and directors, and slides with each graduate’s name shown.

Graduating senior music major Mark A. Mixon, Jr., of Chicago performed the national anthem for the virtual commencement ceremony and graduating senior music education major Morgan Ann-Marie Miller, of Geneseo, IL, delivered “Purple, Gold, Our Colors Brave,” during the virtual Honors Convocation, which can be seen at

A complete list of department and college scholars can be found at To find a complete list of majors by college, go to The Fall 2020 Commencement booklet will also be available, in PDF format, at

Students who were selected as marshals for the December commencement are: College of Arts and Sciences: Laura Ballesteros Font, a senior psychology major, of Barcelona, Spain, and Michael A. Viti, a senior chemistry major, of New Cumberland, PA; College of Business and Technology: Amy M. Johnson, a senior agriculture major, of Cambridge, IL, and Nichole Roberts, a senior computer science major, of Princeville, IL; College of Education and Human Services: Miranda Brant, a senior physical education major, of Canton, IL, and Jacob D. Viaene, a senior elementary education major, of Moline, IL; College of Fine Arts and Communication: Morgan Ann-Marie Miller, a senior music education major, of Geneseo, IL, and Lydia S. Olson, a senior music major, of Moline, IL.


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