- Associated Press - Thursday, May 12, 2016

OAKLAND, Ill. (AP) - A retired central Illinois librarian is scheduled to play bagpipe at four University of Illinois department commencement ceremonies this weekend.

Paul Hinson says he bought a bagpipe in 1979 after earning a master’s degree in British history on the Urbana campus. He already could read music and played brass instruments before taking up the new instrument. He attends a bagpipe school for a week each year.

The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/1ZKl4rk ) Hinson will play marches for ceremonies for the English and Creative Writing department, School of Art and Design, School of Architecture and the Communications Department.

Christine McCoskey of the English department says it’s “really fun” to have a piper at commencement and the instrument is part of the British Isles tradition.

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