Elmhurst College will tip its hat to the music industry at its May 27 commencement ceremony. The Board of Trustees will confer honorary doctoral degrees on alumna and popular radio host Terri Hemmert and Doc Severinsen, a Grammy-award winning trumpet player and former bandleader of the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.

Hemmert is well known to many in the Chicago area, having been a disc jockey at WXRT-FM for more than 40 years. She was Chicago’s first female morning personality and has been in the midday position since 1992. She was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2010 and has worked on music education programs with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She has remained close to her Elmhurst College roots, serving on the advisory board of WRSE-FM, the college’s radio station where she worked while a student.

Severinson led the NBC Orchestra for 30 years during Johnny Carson’s tenure on The Tonight Show. Since the show ended in 1992, he has been touring with both a quintet and with his own big band. He has recorded more than 30 albums, ranging from classical to big band. He has appeared with the Elmhurst College Jazz Band three times in the last three years, most recently last October when the Jazz Band backed him on an Ohio tour. He’ll be back in June to perform at the college’s June Jazz festival.

Elmhurst College is a gem located in the heart of our town, offering concerts and performances throughout the year. The popular Jazz Festival recently celebrated its 50th anniversary.  If you’re interested in learning more about Elmhurst and all of its many benefits, call us at (630) 441-5570 or visit our website www.gmregroup.com