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Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Students graduate from Chemical Engineering

More than 70 undergraduates from the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering graduated on May 12 at a convocation ceremony that took place at Krannert Center.

Alumnus Keith E. Reese, B.S. '79, was the speaker for the department's convocation ceremony on May 12; he stands with Department Head and Professor Paul Kenis.
Alumnus Keith E. Reese, B.S. ’79, and Department Head and Professor Paul Kenis.

Alumnus Keith E. Reese, B.S. ’79, was the speaker during the ceremony. Reese retired in 2007 from Intel as vice president and co-general manager of the customer fulfillment, planning, and logistics group, part of the technology and marketing group.

Keith E. Reese speaks at the May 12 convocation.

Reese shared three things with the students to remember after graduation. He encouraged them to set long-term goals for their career, to manage their careers and be financially secure, and to have positive things be part of your life and career.

“Chemical engineers solve problems,” he said. “I encourage you to take risks. Life and work should be fun. Your time at the University of Illinois was important. Use the tools that you learned here and you will change the world.”

A student accepts his diploma during convocation
A student accepts his diploma during convocation

Visit the department’s Facebook page to view more photos from the convocation ceremony.