GALESBURG (HOI) — Knox College announced Tuesday it will have the director of the Illinois Department of Public Health as its speaker at the 2021 commencement exercises in June.
Dr. Ngozi Ezike was a regular presence at Gov. JB Pritzker’s daily press briefings through the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Dr. Ezike has become a familiar and respected face for Illinois, and has also been recognized nationally, as a result of her exceptional leadership in managing pandemic response and reporting,” said Teresa Amott, President of Knox College. “We are honored that she has agreed to speak at our Commencement and provide words of wisdom and perspective to the class of 2021, who are graduating in these unprecedented times.”
Ezike, the first Black woman appointed to lead the 143-year-old state agency, has been at the forefront of Illinois’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic, providing steadfast leadership and expertise. A board-certified internist and pediatrician, she also is an assistant professor of pediatrics at Rush Medical College in Chicago.
Commencement exercises for the Class of 2021 are planned for Saturday, June 5, and will be split into two sessions — a morning session and an afternoon session — to allow for a limited number of guests.
Knox College says it will continue to monitor health metrics and will make adjustments to plans as needed to ensure the safety and well-being of its extended community.
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April 13, 2021 at 01:26PM