Full house

Published: May 2015


The temperature was 55 degrees, the skies blue, as more than 20,000 friends, family, faculty, and staff came together in Alumni Stadium on May 18 to celebrate the University’s 139th Commencement. A total of 3,486 students were awarded undergraduate or advanced degrees. Chicago Archbishop Blase Joseph Cupich delivered the Commencement address. The other honorands were:

  • Marie Chin, RSM, whose life of service in Jamaica has included educating teenagers
  • Michael Motyl ’01, president of the Guadalupe Regional Middle School (tuition-free and Catholic) in Brownsville, Texas
  • Steve Pemberton ’89, a former corporate diversity officer (Monster.com, Walgreens), a motivational speaker, and the author of A Chance in the World—which is also the name of his nonprofit to aid young people who age out of foster care
  • Lee Woodruff, CBS journalist, author of In an Instant: A Family’s Journey of Love and Healing, and co-founder of the Bob Woodruff foundation to aid wounded veterans

Gary Wayne Gilbert, director of University photography, captured this scene in Alumni Stadium using a camera mounted on a robotic device. In 90 seconds, Gilbert took 12 adjacent shots, which he then wove into a single, interactive image.
To zoom, slide the navigation bar at the left of the photograph.

This feature was posted on Thursday, May 28, 2015 and is filed under Interactive Features.