December graduates prepared to serve, lead in the workplace, their communities

December 18, 2014

Commencement DEC2014 (79)Lisle, Illinois ~ One hundred sixty-eight undergraduate and 101 graduate degree recipients were honored during Benedictine University’s 123rd Commencement Convocation on December 13 at the Dan and Ada Rice Center.

Benedictine prepares students for leadership roles in their communities and the world by providing them with a well-rounded, liberal arts education rich in the Catholic tradition and steeped in the Benedictine values, including an appreciation for living and working in community, a concern for the development of each person and a commitment to academic excellence.

Benedictine University offers 55 traditional undergraduate majors ranging from Graphics Arts and Design and Business Analytics to Molecular Biology and Global Studies, 15 graduate programs and four doctoral programs to give its students the greatest chance for professional success and personal fulfillment.

Among the December 2014 graduates were 27 recipients of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, 68 recipients of a Bachelor of Arts degree, 28 Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree recipients and eight graduates of the University’s Doctor of Education in Higher Education and Organizational Change program.

Charging students to be productive and contributing members of their communities during the convocation was Brian E. Kibby, president of McGraw-Hill Education’s Higher Education group, who provided the commencement address. Kibby has led the development of the company’s industry-leading adaptive learning technologies.

Susan Mikula, Ph.D., acting dean of the College of Liberal Arts, and Bart Ng, Ph.D., dean of the College of Science, presented the degree candidates. The Rt. Rev. Austin G. Murphy, abbot of St. Procopius Abbey, conferred the degrees. The Benedictine University Concert Band provided accompaniment.

Benedictine promises students an affordable and attainable undergraduate education infused with the Benedictine values, faculty who make student learning their first priority, and a support system dedicated to their success. We promise students a diverse, caring community in which they can become better learners, leaders and world citizens. Student learning and success is our first priority.

Students who walked during the ceremony graduated in either August or December 2014. The University’s 124th Commencement Convocation will be held May 9, 2015.


Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has a branch campus in Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls more than 5,000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the eighth consecutive year in 2018. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission ( For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, or visit

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