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Beggs, former chancellor speaks at SIUC commencement

May 11, 2016, Evan Jones and Anna Spoerre | Daily Egyptian

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Don Beggs will speak at the 1:30 p.m. commencement ceremony Saturday.

Beggs returns to campus as a former SIUC chancellor and dean of the College of Education.

He began his education in 1959 at SIU, where he received his bachelor's and master's degrees. He went on to the University of Iowa to finish his doctoral degree.

Beggs received an honorary degree from SIU earlier this school year.

"It's an enormous compliment," he said at the time. "It's something I did not anticipate or see coming."

After working at SIU for 32 years, Beggs took the position of president at Wichita State in 1999 until 2012.

He was on SIU’s campus during some of the most historic moments of the university.

"I'll always remember when [presidential] candidate John Kennedy was on campus," he previously told the Daily Egyptian. "He drove through the campus, as students we got to see him and Jackie. That was a special time."

SIU President Randy Dunn worked with Beggs as a faculty members while Beggs served as the College of Education's dean.

"One of the most unfortunate things that took place in SIU's recent history is the fact that Don did not remain as chancellor after he served that role so well on campus," Dunn has said.

READ MORE about Beggs in Journeys on page 14.