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CPSA Graduates Challenged to Become Leaders at Commencement Marian Wright Edelman, Brenda Castile-Munoz offer inspiring words

Commence2016entranceCPSAWhen NLU’s College of Professional Studies and Advancement graduates filed into the Arie Crown Theater June 12, they celebrated a joyous and distinguished commencement ceremony punctuated by inspiring moments.

The 510 graduates who participated in the ceremony received bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in fields such as business, psychology, human services, public policy, health administration, communications, counseling, criminal justice, social science and others. A total of 1,671 students in both of NLU’s colleges graduated this year. Continue reading »

At Commencement, National College of Education Grads Challenged to Tap Into ‘Turbo Power’ Asgedom, Lopez are featured speakers

2016CommenceNCELooking dignified in black gowns and mortar boards, graduates of NLU’s National College of Education streamed into Chicago’s Arie Crown Theater on June 12 under a marquee which read, “National Louis University 130th Annual Commencement Ceremony.” Most had big smiles on their faces, and several had carefully decorated the tops of their mortar boards with elaborate designs.

Hundreds of students, who had earned doctoral, master’s and bachelor’s degrees in education, marched in the processional. Continue reading »

Veterans Leader To Receive Honorary Degree at Commencement Steve Goodwin serves as Chair of NLU Veterans Advisory Council

 

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Steve Goodwin will receive an honorary degree at Commencement on June 12 for his extraordinary service to veterans.

An inspiring veteran and business leader who has played a key role in leading National Louis University’s veterans program will receive an honorary degree at Commencement on June 12.

Steven R. Goodwin, senior vice president and portfolio management director at Morgan Stanley, has exemplified service and dedication to veterans and military members. Continue reading »

Wisconsin Commencement Featured Bales, Lawrence Ceremony was held June 3 at Grand Geneva

By Carolyn Davis, NLU Wisconsin Campus

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Dr. Jon Bales delivered the keynote.

The gorgeous Grand Geneva Resort Ballroom set the stage for an elegant National Louis University (NLU) Wisconsin Commencement on Friday, June 3 at 7:30 pm in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Sixty-three graduates were conferred with degrees representing each level of scholarship offered by the university—doctorate, educational specialist, master’s and bachelor’s, from both the National College of Education and the College of Professional Studies and Advancement.

More than 650 family members and friends filled the ballroom to capacity, generating a palpable energy of excitement, joy, pride and satisfaction. Continue reading »

Commencement Speakers Offer Inspiring Stories One survived a refugee camp to enter Harvard; one fights to help children

Two speakers with powerful stories will address NLU graduates at Commencement ceremonies on Sunday, June 12.

color72dpi2Mawi Asgedom, who survived war in Africa, a refugee camp and personal tragedy, persevered and graduated from Harvard University.  He is an author and inspirational speaker, motivating students to leadership and success. He will speak at NLU’s National College of Education Commencement.

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9 Things to Do (and Not Do) Before Graduation By Melissa Simmons, Graduate Assistant, Office of Student Experience

 

You killed it with your final project on the Theory of Feminism, but you still have to attend class. Your workload has dwindled, but you still have various miscellaneous assignments. You’re in the homestretch, but not quite there yet.

If you are in this educational gray area, then chances are you’re graduating this summer. With an epidemic of “senioritis” and graduation fever sweeping through the campuses, the always-prepared Office of Student Experience has your back when it comes to your big day. Enjoy these pre-grad tips and comment if you have any do’s and dont’s of your own. Continue reading »

When Dad Spoke To Alum In a Dream, She Listened Writer Beth Schaefer teaches at NLU, founded a publisher and even a fake university

Screen Shot 2015-11-09 at 5.16.21 PMWhat does it mean when a deceased parent appears to you in a dream, but you can’t hear the words they’re saying?

NLU alum Beth Schaefer divined the meaning right away. Her dad was telling her that even though she had a career going in corporate writing, she could no longer silence her creativity, which was trying to emerge, writes Rick Kogan in the Chicago Tribune.

Schaefer, who earned her M.S. in Written Communication degree from National Louis last year and now teaches in the program,  grew up in a gifted family. With her mother an actress and a vocalist on Chicago’s club scene and her dad a fiction and poetry writer, the arts and creativity colored her universe. Schaefer herself had taken to the stage as an award-winning singer-songwriter earlier in her career. Continue reading »

Business School in Poland Graduates 400, Enjoys High Tech Business Incubator NLU is exploring more collaborations with WSB-NLU in southern Poland

 

WSB-NLU3graduation2015By Judah Viola, Dean of NLU’s College of Professional Studies and Advancement

I recently traveled to Poland to represent NLU leadership at the commencement ceremonies of WSB-NLU (Wyższa Szkoła Biznesu – National Louis University). The name  translates as “Higher School of Business.”

WSB-NLU graduated approximately 400 students this year in bachelor’s degree programs in business, computer science, political science and psychology. It also graduated students in master’s degree programs in business and computer science. Continue reading »

Cousins Who Didn’t Know They Were Both NLU’ers To Graduate Together They didn't realize both were attending National Louis

Jannae Jenkins and Darlene Cook

Jannae Jenkins Simmons, left, and Darlene Cook are first cousins, but were unaware they were both attending NLU until a surprise meeting. They will graduate together in the same Commencement ceremony June 20.

Darlene Cook went to National Louis’ Commencement Fair on May 27 to get information about the graduation ceremony and have her picture taken in a cap and gown. While she was waiting in line for the photo, however, she got a huge surprise.

“I looked up and there was my first cousin,” she exclaimed.

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Husband and Wife Graduate Together—For the Second Time They'll walk at NLU's Commencement June 20

 

DanaRobertBurrisCan higher education be romantic? While some couples need long walks on the beach or a glass of wine beside a crackling fire, Cupid shot his bow right through a syllabus at Dana Jocic Burris and Robert Burris.

The two met when they were undergraduates at Bradley University in Peoria, Ill. They walked in the same Commencement ceremony to get their undergraduate degrees — his in secondary education and hers a double major in family and consumer sciences and marketing. With the diplomas out of the way, they got married in July 2010. Continue reading »