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‘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 »

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



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 »