Alumna who never forgot her College
is Manchester's commencement speaker
Janis Johnston found her passion for family counseling and psychology as a 1969 graduate of Manchester College. She returns to her alma mater on Sunday, May 22 to receive a Doctor of Humane Letters honorary degree and offer the College’s 201 newest graduates guidance for purposeful living.
Beginning at 2:30 p.m., the College will confer 201 bachelor’s degrees in majors ranging from accounting and exercise science to education, chemistry and music. Six future psychologists also will receive diplomas.
Johnston, who owns a family therapy practice in her suburban Chicago hometown of Oak Park, Ill., exemplifies the ideal Manchester College graduate of ability and conviction who improves the human condition.
“Janis Johnston combines her keen intellect with great commitment to serve others,” says President Jo Young Switzer. “She has had a significant impact on the lives of children and their families.” Johnston delivers presentations nationally on topics ranging from child development and anger management to domestic abuse.
The Johnston name is embedded in Manchester College ethos. Janis and her College sweetheart Mark Johnston married in the late 60s. After her husband's death in 1999, she continued the family's commitment to the College by endowing the Mark E. Johnston ’68 Professorship in Entrepreneurship and supporting an Entrepreneurship Exploration Fund. A scholarship Mark Johnston created in the name of an MC classmate, the late S. Bruce Kauffman ’68, helps students study abroad. Janis Johnston also has endowed a scholarship in the name of her career mentor, Donald L. Colburn, professor emeritus of psychology.
Baccalaureate services begin at 11 a.m. on Sunday, May 22 in Cordier Auditorium. The public is invited. Commencement exercises begin at 2:30 p.m. in the Physical Education and Recreation Center (PERC). Guests without tickets for reserved seating will want to arrive early; doors open at 1:30 p.m.
For more information about the 2011 Manchester College graduation, click here.