Commencement

Awards and Hooding Ceremony

Bachelor's and Master’s students

Friday, May 15, 2015 7:00 p.m. Angela Hall

The Awards and Hooding Ceremony has a unique identity and function: its purpose is to bring together students, faculty and staff for the last time as a University community. It is held in Angela Hall at 7:00 p.m.

A special feature is the "hooding ceremony" during which the faculty/staff invest the graduates with the bachelor's or master’s hood. Each student chooses the faculty/staff member who has played an important role in his/her experience at Benedictine University at Springfield. Graduates are called forward in an arranged sequence for hooding.

You are asked to report to Angela Hall by 6:45 p.m. dressed in academic attire (wearing gown, with gowns zipped up the front) carrying the hood over your left arm.

To participate in the Hooding Ceremony, you must complete the response card that will be on the website. Responses are due no later than April 30, 2015. Your response should also indicate which faculty/staff member you have chosen to confer the hood upon you. Please contact the faculty/staff member personally. Without a selected staff/faculty member, someone for the division or the President will present your hood.

Commencement Response Form

If you have any questions regarding the Awards and Hooding Ceremony, please contact Susan Doddek at 217-718-3489 or via e-mail at sdoddek@ben.edu.

Commencement Awards
The Seeker

The Seeker Award is presented to the graduate who best exemplifies the Benedictine Value of searching for God by oneself and others.

The Porter

The Porter Award is presented to the graduate who best exemplifies the Benedictine Value of Hospitality.

The Cellarer

The Cellarer Award is presented to the graduate who best exemplifies the Benedictine Values of the Importance of Community and the Responsible Stewardship of all Things.

The Scholar

The Scholar Award is presented to the graduate who best exemplifies the Benedictine Values of Academic Excellence and the Importance of the Development for Each Person.

The President's Award

The President's Award is presented to the graduate who best exemplifies the Benedictine Value of Living a Life of Balance.

The St. Benedict Award

The St. Benedict Award is presented to a non-traditional graduate who best exemplifies the Benedictine Values of Scholarship and Living a Life of Balance. The St. Benedict Award recipient will speak at the Commencement Convocation.

The Procopian Award

The Procopian Award is the highest honor that Benedictine University bestows upon a graduating senior. The award is given for consistently outstanding curricular and extracurricular activities while attending the university. The award signifies that scholarship (a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA) and service are exemplified by the student. The Procopian Award recipient will speak at the Commencement Convocation.