Congratulations graduates! This is your moment.
Olympic gold medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee delivered the keynote address. A native of East St. Louis, Joyner-Kersee is a graduate of UCLA, where she was a decorated All-American in both track and field and basketball. Named “The Greatest Female Athlete of the 20th Century” by Sports Illustrated, Joyner-Kersee is a four-time Olympian who has set several world records and earned six Olympic medals, including three gold. In 1988, she established the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation, which provides youth, adults and families with resources to improve their quality of life, with special attention directed to East St. Louis.