BenU honors graduates at 127th Commencement Convocation

May 15, 2017

Lisle, Illinois ~ Benedictine University celebrated the achievements of 545 graduates who participated in the 127th Commencement Convocation on Saturday, May 13, at the Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex.

University faculty, staff and family and friends came together to celebrate students’ achievement as they walked across the stage and turned their tassels to embark on the next steps in their lives.

Lee DeRemer, Ph.D.’14, a retired U.S. Air Force colonel and BenU alumnus, gave the Commencement address.

Service and an appreciation for living in community are key Benedictine values, and the Class of 2017 reflected these during the ceremony when they presented a gift of $7,545 to the University as a remembrance of their time at Benedictine. This gift will be designated to the Fr. Kevin J. Sheeran, O.S.B., Textbook Program.

The Fr. Kevin J. Sheeran, O.S.B., Textbook Program was created to help students in need to meet the cost of required textbooks for classes in which they are enrolled. Awards are based on eligibility and supplement students’ existing financial aid resources.

Benedictine’s campus in Springfield also celebrated 145 graduates who participated during Commencement on Sunday, May 14, at Angela Hall.

The Commencement Convocation ceremonies for master’s and doctoral degree candidates in Lisle will begin at 9:45 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 3, at the Rice Center. There will be a reception immediately after each ceremony in the Campus Quad.


Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois, and Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls nearly 9,000 students in 56 undergraduate and 20 graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the sixth consecutive year in 2016. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission ( For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, or visit

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