BenU at Mesa Commencement ceremony marks a new beginning for more than 140 students

May 22, 2017

Mesa, Ariz. ~ Daniel F. Rigby, founder of Human Resource Management Systems LLC, and a member of the Benedictine University Board of Trustees, was the keynote speaker at Benedictine University at Mesa's Third Baccalaureate Mass and Commencement Convocation on May 20.

The ceremony was held at Shepherd Auditorium at Westwood High School in Mesa and was attended by more than 1,000 people, including Mayor John Giles, Vice Mayor David Luna, Councilman Chris Clover, Chamber of Commerce Director Sally Harrison, John Pombier, Assistant City Manager John Pombier and Assistant to the City Manager Natalie Lewis.

University chaplain Fr. James Aboyi, V.C., represented the Diocese of Phoenix and celebrated Mass prior to commencement.

Fifty-six bachelor's degree candidates, 85 Master of Business Administration candidates and one Master of Science in Management and Organizational Behavior candidate were honored at the ceremony.

Benedictine University has been part of the Mesa community since 2012 when it opened an enrollment center at 51 E. Main St. In 2013, the University officially dedicated its first academic building, Gillett Hall, the former Southside Hospital building at 225 E. Main St., which underwent a yearlong $10 million renovation.

Classes began in fall 2013, and this year's Commencement marked the first time that the graduating class included students who started at Benedictine University at Mesa as freshmen.

The graduates were addressed by Rigby, who was the president of the prescription drug management company ScriptSave Incorporated, and developed Illinois Health Search in 1989, a computer-based search engine designed to help small business owners make prudent health plan buying decisions.

He is involved with various industry association committees and civic organizations, and has been a Benedictine University trustee since 2001.

The first four-year graduates are not the only landmark the University reached in 2017. Earlier this year, Benedictine opened its first residence hall at 43 S. Macdonald St. The Alhambra Residence Hall features single- and double-room suites with study areas, lounges, a café, kitchen, laundry rooms, an outdoor commons area, patio space and parking for 53 students.

Today, BenU at Mesa is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and the California Pacific Conference, offering a full range of athletics and other interscholastic activities while providing a values-based education rooted in the Catholic and Benedictine traditions to its nearly 500 students.

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Benedictine University at Mesa is a branch campus of Benedictine University, an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine is ranked No. 2 among the country's fastest-growing campuses between 2003-2013 in The Chronicle of Higher Education's list of private nonprofit doctoral institutions, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the sixth consecutive year in 2016.




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