Lisle, Illinois ~ Benedictine University honored the end of one journey by marking the beginning of another for Class of 2014 graduates with much “pomp and circumstance” at the 122nd Commencement Convocation held at the Benedictine University-Village of Lisle Sports Complex on Saturday, May 10.
Commencement is a special time when University faculty, staff and parents come together to recognize student achievement and watch students turn their tassels and move forward prepared for the life ahead of them.
More than 1,000 graduates earned their degrees.
Undergraduate and graduate nursing students helped the University reach a milestone of 1,000 graduates combined from the Registered Nurse (RN) to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) and Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) programs since the founding of the B.S.N. program.
Benedictine students make an impact after they graduate, with 94 percent of graduates finding full-time positions or enrolling in graduate school programs one year after Commencement. Today, Benedictine alumni can be found working in education, health care and business, and at Fortune 500 companies.
Kareem Irfan, business strategist, general counsel and intellectual property expert, gave the Commencement address.
Irfan is the current chief strategy officer and general counsel for Cranes Software International, a global conglomerate of information technology, business intelligence, data analytics and consulting businesses. He recently served as the first Muslim president of the Council of Religious Leaders of Metropolitan Chicago and is past chairman of the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago.
James Moffitt, C14, Political Science, who received the Procopian Award, the highest honor awarded to a graduating senior, gave the student address.
The 2014 graduates are a living testament to The Benedictine Promise of providing an affordable and attainable education infused with the Benedictine values that creates better learners, leaders and world citizens.
Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois and Mesa, Arizona. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 55 undergraduate majors and 17 graduate and four doctoral programs. Benedictine University is ranked No. 1 among the country’s fastest-growing campuses between 2001-2011 in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s list of private nonprofit research institutions, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among “America’s Top Colleges” for the third consecutive year in 2013. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fifth largest in the Chicago area in 2013.