Mesa, Ariz. ~ Responding to the City of Mesa's innovative efforts to attract a distinguished university that would serve a growing young adult population and help revitalize its downtown area, Benedictine University at Mesa opened its door to 93 students in August 2013.
On May 20, Benedictine University at Mesa will honor many of those same students as it celebrates its first four-year graduating class.
Daniel F. Rigby, founder of Human Resource Management Systems LLC, and a member of the Benedictine University Board of Trustees, will address graduates at Benedictine University at Mesa's Third Baccalaureate Mass and Commencement Convocation beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 20.
The ceremony will be held at Shepherd Auditorium at Westwood High School, 945 W. Rio Salado Parkway in Mesa.
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.
The University reached another landmark in its growth in 2017 when it 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.
Addressing this year's graduates will be 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.
As a business leader, Rigby is a strong advocate for continuing education, both within his businesses and in his business associations. Leading by example, he advanced his professional education by earning the designation of Registered Health Underwriter from The American College of Financial Services, as well as all professional designations within the Illinois title industry.
Rigby is actively involved with his wife Ann's company, The Neuroconnection, which provides connectivity-guided neurofeedback, a non-invasive, drugfree and painless intervention for children and adults with autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and other neurobiological conditions.
He has also been involved with various industry association committees and civic organizations, and has been a Benedictine University trustee since 2001.Rigby previously served as a member of the board of directors for the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, chairman of the Boy Scouts of America Three Fires Council, president of the Business Executive Exchange and a board member for Merchants National Bank and United Way.
For more information about the graduation ceremony, visit ben.edu/mesa/commencement.
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.