Nationally Renowned Legal Expert Receiving Honorary Degree at Lawrence’s 163rd Commencement

Anton “Tony” Valukas, the court-appointed examiner in the historic bankruptcy case of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., will be recognized by his alma mater with an honorary Doctor of Laws degree Sunday, June 10 at Lawrence University’s 163rd commencement.
Anton Valukas '65

Valukas, chairman of the Chicago-based national law firm Jenner & Block, also will serve as the principal commencement speaker.

Lawrence will award 351 bachelor of arts and/or music degrees to 343 students during graduation ceremonies, which begin at 10:30 a.m. on the Main Hall green.

For the first time, Lawrence will provide a live webcast of its commencement ceremony beginning at 10:15 a.m. while a video of Valukas’ charge to the graduates will be available on Lawrence’s YouTube channel afterwards.

In a baccalaureate service Saturday, June 4 at 11 a.m. in the Lawrence Memorial Chapel, Jason Brozek, assistant professor of government, discusses the value of embracing humbleness and its importance to curiosity and open-mindedness in the address “Modern Art is Stupid and Other Things I’ve Learned I was Wrong About.”

The baccalaureate service and commencement exercise are both free and open to the public.

Retiring faculty members David Becker, professor of music and director of orchestral studies, Mary Blackwell, associate professor of chemistry and Hans Ternes, professor of German, will be recognized with honorary master of arts degrees for their combined 78 years of service to the college.

President Jill Beck, Lawrence Board of Trustees Chair Terry Franke ’68 and senior Katie Van Marter-Sanders of Portland, Ore., will join Valukas in addressing the graduates.

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