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Lieutenant Governor to Speak at Graduation

Illinois Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon will deliver the commencement address at Waubonsee Community College’s 2011 graduation ceremony on May 19. Simon’s speech coincides with her visit to Waubonsee as part of her yearlong “complete college” tour, during which she will visit all of the state’s 48 community colleges to deliver a message about the importance of earning a degree and/or credential.

“Nearly two-thirds of all jobs in the future will require a college education, whether that’s a certificate, associate degree or bachelor’s degree,” said Simon in a press release. “I want to know that when students walk through the door of a community college, that the odds are in their favor. We need to have a system that helps students graduate with a meaningful credential or degree that will enable them to find a job in Illinois, contribute to our society and provide for their families.”

Simon graduated from Georgetown University’s law school before beginning a life of public service. She has worked for the Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance, as an assistant state’s attorney in Jackson County and as a law professor at Southern Illinois University. The daughter of past U.S. Senator Paul Simon, she also served on the Carbondale City Council for four years before being elected lieutenant governor.