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Springfield: 83rd Commencement

May 9, 2013

Benedictine University at Springfield will hold its 83rd Commencement Ceremony at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 18, at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield. The commencement ceremony is open to the public for friends and family of the graduates.

President of Benedictine University, William J. Carroll, Ph.D., and President of Benedictine University at Springfield, Michael Bromberg, will preside over the commencement services and oversee the conferral of degrees. Abbot Austin Murphy, O.S.B., Chancellor of Benedictine University, will offer the invocation and benediction at the commencement. Graduates Sean Fitzgerald and Nida Jean French will serve as student speakers, and Amy Ihnen, co-chair of the Springfield chapter of the Benedictine University Alumni Association, will give a welcome speech.

Dalitso Samson Sulamoyo, Ph.D., President/CEO of the Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies, will be the keynote speaker for the commencement ceremony. Sulamoyo graduated from Benedictine University at Springfield in 2011 where he was part of the first cohort to earn a Ph.D. in Organization Development. Sulamoyo also graduated from the same campus in 1994 when it was previously Springfield College in Illinois.

Benedictine University at Springfield will award an Associate in Arts in Business Administration to three students.

Benedictine University at Springfield will also award Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) degrees to 117 students who completed their degree requirements in May 2013 or will be completing their coursework this summer and 87 additional students who previously completed their degree requirements in December 2012.

Benedictine University at Springfield will also award Master of Arts (M.A.), Master of Arts in Education (M.A.Ed.), Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), Master of Education (M.Ed.) and Master of Science (M.S.) degrees to 33 students who completed their degree requirements in May 2013 and 22 additional students who previously completed their degree requirements in December 2012.

This is the second time that Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Organization Development degrees will be conferred upon Benedictine University students at the Springfield branch campus. Benedictine University at Springfield will award 10 students who recently completed their degree requirements.