Melissa Conyears-Ervin Commencement Speaker
Melissa Conyears-Ervin
"Our new city treasurer has made a mark...and we are delighted to welcome and recognize her for her many accomplishments." Ali Malekzadeh President, Roosevelt University

Months after election as Chicago city treasurer, alumna Melissa Conyears-Ervin returns on Dec. 13 to her alma mater, Roosevelt University, where she will give the Commencement address and receive an honorary degree.

Conyears-Ervin, who became the first in her family to graduate from college and receive an MBA from Roosevelt in 2003, will share thoughts on politics and give advice to 700+ students graduating from Roosevelt at the Auditorium Theatre.

“Our new city treasurer has made a mark in educating the public about Chicago’s investments, and we are delighted to welcome and recognize her for her many accomplishments,” said Ali Malekzadeh, president of Roosevelt University.

An expert in finance, Conyears-Erwin spent 15 years serving the community in the insurance industry as a manager for Allstate and CS Insurance Strategies before winning election in 2016 to the Illinois House 10th District.

As state representative, the Roosevelt alumna sponsored a new education funding formula that directed more than $221 million in additional funding to Chicago Public Schools. She also was chief sponsor of bipartisan legislation protecting funding for childcare assistance.

As city treasurer, she plans to focus private sector and financial training on ways to bring more development into Chicago neighborhoods, and believes in leveraging Chicago’s billions of dollars in municipal deposits in order to help all Chicago communities grow at the same pace.

Conyears-Ervin will speak to new graduates from Roosevelt’s College of Education, Walter E. Heller College of Business, College of Arts and Sciences, and Chicago College of Performing Arts during the University’s 159th Commencement that begins at 11 a.m. at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Ida B. Wells Way, Chicago.

Focused for much of her career on helping people and serving local communities, the Roosevelt alumna will receive a Doctor of Humane Letters honoris causa degree during the graduation ceremony.

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