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Renowned Lincoln Scholar to Speak at HCC Commencement
4/29/2011

FREEPORT, IL Harold Holzer, one of the country's leading authorities on Abraham Lincoln and the political culture of the Civil War era, will address Highland Community College students, faculty, staff and guests at the colleges 48th Annual Commencement Ceremony to be held on Saturday, May 14, 2011, at 10:00 a.m.

Harold Holzer
Sam Waterston with Harold at the Sesquicentennial of Lincoln's first inaugural, the U. S. Capitol, Washington, March 5, 2011. (Photo: Henry Ballone)

Holzer serves as chairman of The Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation, successor organization to the United States Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission (ALBC), to which he was appointed by President Clinton in 2000, and co-chaired from 20012010. President Bush, in turn, awarded Holzer the National Humanities Medal in 2008.

A prolific writer and lecturer, and frequent guest on television, Holzer has authored, co-authored, and edited 40 books and some 450 articles for both popular and scholarly journals. He has appeared often on C-SPANs Washington Journal and Q&A. He has also made appearances on The Today Show, The Charlie Rose Show, The Lou Dobbs Show, CNBC, CNN, Fox News, The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, CBS Sunday Morning, and the CBS Evening News. He has given over 140 lectures to Civil War and Lincoln groups and at museums, colleges, and history conferences across the country.

No stranger to northwest Illinois, Holzer participated in the sesquicentennial celebration of the Lincoln-Douglas debates in August 2008, serving as the featured speaker at the dedication of Debate Square in downtown Freeport.

Highland officials will also be presenting Holzer with an honorary degree. Mr. Holzers exceptional accomplishments in the academic realm and his commitment to community involvement serve as examples of Highland's aspirations for its students by exemplifying the pursuit of knowledge, as well as service to the community, said Highland President, Dr. Joe Kanosky. His special interest in the Freeport Debates and especially the significance of the Freeport Doctrine makes Mr. Holzer an ideal speaker in this sesquicentennial year of Lincolns inauguration and the beginning of the American Civil War.

The commencement ceremony will be held outdoors on the beautiful HCC campus in Freeport, IL. Commencement will take place in the courtyard between the Marvin-Burt Liberal Arts Center and Natural Science and Health Center. Guest parking will be located in parking lot D on the south side of campus outside of the Natural Science and Health Center.

The college is expecting the largest number of participating graduates ever so seating will be limited and available on a first come, first served basis.

In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in the Larry F. Kahl Gymnasium located in the YMCA Sports Center on Highland's Freeport campus. Due to the large number of graduates, tickets will be required to attend the ceremony if held in the Sports Center.

Highland Community College offers more than 60 programs of applied and transfer degrees, community education and business training. In addition to comprehensive academic programming, Highland provides theatre, art and music opportunities for the community. Highland Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Associations Academic Quality Improvement Program. Located in Freeport and Elizabeth, Highland is conveniently positioned in the tri-state region with access to several major metropolitan areas.

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