Congresswoman, Ambassador to speak at NLU Commencement June 15

National Louis University is thrilled to welcome two distinguished speakers at Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, June 15, 2019.

U.S. Representative Lauren Underwood, who was elected to Congress last November, will speak at the 10 a.m. Commencement ceremony, which will celebrate students receiving graduate degrees.

Ambassador Ertharin Cousin will speak at the 2 p.m. Commencement ceremony for undergraduates. Continue reading »

Education Graduates Get Inspiring Sendoff at Commencement Treated to three inspiring speakers, joyous celebration

Future teachers and educators heard words that inspired both laughter and tears at Commencement 2018 for National Louis University’s National College of Education (NCE).

After the grads processed into Chicago’s Arie Crown Theater June 16 with smiles and cleverly decorated graduation caps, NLU President Nivine Megahed, Ph.D. and Robert Muller, Ed.D., dean of NLU’s National College of Education, welcomed them. “You join thousands of alumni who everyday impact the lives of children throughout the nation,” Muller said. Continue reading »

Commencement 2018: Graduates Encouraged to Find Their Own Voices NLU Salutes Its College of Professional Studies and Advancement Grads

A common theme emerged as the Commencement ceremony for graduates of National Louis University’s College of Professional Studies and Advancement unfolded June 16.

After graduates receiving their bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees marched in to excited waves from friends and family, NLU President Nivine Megahed, Ph.D., introduced the Commencement speaker, Michael Sorrell, Ed.D. Continue reading »

Despite Grim Diagnosis, Ph.D. Grad Won’t Let Dream Die Donna Woods will participate at Commencement June 16

Donna Woods, center, receives her degree at NLU’s 2018 commencement ceremony.

Just before starting her doctoral program at National Louis University, Donna Woods got an alarming diagnosis: ALS disease, a degenerative illness that progressively robs the muscles of their ability to function. Doctors gave her three years to live, and that was in August 2015.

Woods, who had previously suffered four heart attacks and blood clots in her leg and lungs, could have bowed to their sober pronouncement and withdrawn from the Community Psychology Ph.D. program. Even in the face of a death sentence, though, she refused to let her dream die. Continue reading »

‘Buddy System’ Propels Two Teachers Toward M.Ed. Degrees With pretzels, veggies and memes, two Wheaton District 200 teachers cheered each other on

Lisa Virgilio, left, and Lynda Gilgenbach used the buddy system to keep each other on track and motivated as they studied for their M.Ed. degrees at National Louis University.

The swimming pool at Lisa Virgilio’s vacation hotel beckoned invitingly. But back in the Chicago area, her friend and study partner Lynda Gilgenbach was Skyping Virgilio in the hotel, ready to talk about a group project for a graduate education class. And thus, she kept Virgilio on track with schoolwork even during vacation.

“We motivated each other to complete our master’s degrees so we could graduate together, as we are from the same district (Community Unit School District 200 in Wheaton, Illinois),” Virgilio said. Continue reading »

Commencement Brings Smiles, Joy to College of Professional Studies and Advancement Grads They hear words of wisdom from CEO, student veteran

From the moment graduates of National Louis University’s College of Professional Studies and Advancement streamed into the Arie Crown Theater at Chicago’s McCormick Place on June 24, 2017, they created an air of exuberance for the 131st Commencement. Students smiled broadly as they took their seats, and the cheering only got louder as the ceremony went on.

Guest speaker Richard “Rick” Davidson, an NLU alum, president of the Everest Group, LLC and former  president and CEO of Century 21 Real Estate, focused the graduates’ attention on decisions they make each day that show their true characters. Continue reading »

NLU’s National College of Education Students Graduate With Style Dom Belmonte, Jasmine Adams speak at June 24 Commencement

Nancy Zhu, National Louis University’s Lincoln Laureate, left, and Jasmine Adams, student speaker at NLU’s National College of Education Commencement, both graduated June 24, 2017.

Wearing black gowns and decorated mortar boards, graduates of National Louis University’s National College of Education processed into the Arie Crown Theater in Chicago June 24 for the 131st Commencement.

Guest speaker Dominic Belmonte, CEO of the Golden Apple Foundation, got the ceremony off to a thoughtful and moving start. Quoting artists from Shakespeare to Rickie Lee Jones, he urged teachers to think of themselves as first responders to their students, and to know that for a child, three years of receiving ineffective teaching creates a deficit from which many never recover. Continue reading »

After Decades of Addiction, Student Graduates at 56: ‘This One’s For You, Mom!’ Arnita Mock-Harris' mom didn't live to see Commencement, but had strong faith her daughter would escape addiction

As a child, Arnita Mock-Harris resented her mother for being a single parent. She wanted a dad and a family life like the ones she read about in storybooks, and blamed her mother for failing to make that happen.

“I was a child– what did I know?” asked Mock-Harris, 56, now a mother of two and grandmother of four, who is graduating from National Louis University with a B.S. in Health Care Leadership.

“I did not understand the challenges my mom and dad faced, and why should I? In the era I grew up in, children knew nothing of their father’s and mother’s personal business. Continue reading »

Mother And Daughter Graduating Same Day With Same Degree Demetria Randle and Raven Hoffman Will Attend Commencement June 24

Raven Hoffman, left, and her mother Demetria Randle will graduate from National Louis University on the same day, June 24, 2017. They’ll also be receiving the same degree–B.A. in Psychology.

It’s not often that a mother and daughter duo graduate from college on the same day, and rarer still that they graduate with the same degree.

Demetria Randle, 47, and her elder daughter Raven Hoffman, 24,  will be doing exactly that, however, at National Louis University’s Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, June 24 at Chicago’s Arie Crown Theater. Each will receive a B.A. in Psychology degree. Continue reading »

Education Champ, Real Estate Guru to Deliver Commencement Speeches

On Saturday, June 24, 2017, National Louis University will recognize the exceptional work of student graduates at its 2017 Chicago campus commencement ceremonies.

Dominic Belmonte, Golden Apple Foundation CEO, will deliver the keynote speech at National Louis University’s  commencement for National College of Education (NCE) graduates.

Rick Davidson, an NLU alum and former president and CEO of Century 21 Real Estate, will address the College of Professional Studies and Advancement (CPSA) graduates. Davidson currently heads Everest Group, parent company of Everest-Troop Real Estate. Continue reading »