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159th Commencement Ceremony at Rockford College features guest speaker Bill Kurtis

Tuesday, April 23, 2013  
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For immediate release – 4/23/13
Rockford College Communications Office: 815-226-3374

Rockford, Ill. – Rockford College’s 159th Commencement Ceremony will be held on Sunday, May 19, at 2:00 p.m., at the Coronado Performing Arts Center in downtown Rockford. Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Management Studies, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Arts in Teaching and Master of Business Administration degrees will be awarded to approximately 360 students.

Bill KurtisAddressing the graduates at this year’s commencement ceremonies will be Bill Kurtis, an acclaimed documentary host and producer, network and major market news anchor, multimedia production company president, and grass-fed cattle rancher.

Mr. Kurtis served as co-host of national programs, CBS Reports and later CBS Morning News, as well as delivering the news in major media markets like Chicago. Retiring after 30 years with CBS, Kurtis established his own production company, Kurtis Productions, and has gone one to create several notable programs including A&E’s Investigative Reports, Cold Case Files and the History Channel’s Investigating History. He also serves as host on the popular American Justice series and authored two books: Bill Kurtis on Assignment and The Death Penalty on Trial: Crisis in American Justice. Many will also recognize Mr. Kurtis's distinctive voice as the narrator in the comedy hit, "The Legend of Ron Burgundy.”

Mr. Kurtis is the recipient of numerous humanitarian, journalism, and broadcasting awards including Emmys, CableACE Awards, and the Thurgood Marshall Award for his Investigative Reports installment on the death penalty. He is a published author and a member of the board of directors of several distinguished organizations including The Nature Conservancy, The National Park Foundation, The Field Museum of Chicago, and the Abraham Lincoln Museum and Library in Springfield, Illinois.

Tickets are required for attendance. Due to space constraints, tickets are limited to degree candidates and their guests. Tickets will not be available at the door of the Coronado Performing Arts Center.

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