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Judson University Celebrates 233 Graduates at the Spring 2017 Commencement 

 

(ELGIN, IL – May 6, 2017) Judson University celebrated 233 graduates during the 77th commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 6. TV and radio host and bestselling author Stephen “Steve” Arterburn delivered the keynote address to graduates in two separate ceremonies at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Lindner Fitness Center (1151 N. State St., Elgin).

Arterburn is the founder and chairman of New Life Ministries and host of the top-rated Christian counseling talk show, “New Life Live!” The nationally syndicated show is viewed and heard by millions each weekday on Sirius XM Radio, the NRB television network and on more than 200 radio stations nationwide.

Arterburn is also host of New Life TV, a web-based channel dedicated to transforming lives through God’s truth. He also launched the first-ever Women of Faith conference. During his commencement speech, he addressed the idea of having “Infinitely More.”

Arterburn shared with the graduates wise sayings that he learned as a child from his now 90-year-old mother: “It’s always something,” “If it’s not one thing, it’s another,” and “You never know.” With each statement, he unpacked how the wise person follows God’s path and persists, despite adversity and struggle, realizing that they are part of God’s larger plan and living out God’s vision. He gave an example of Paul’s trials and adversity as described in 2 Corinthians 11:16 to illustrate that all people must face struggles, saying “If it's not one thing, it’s another.”   

He told graduates that while they plan for the future, they should remember the message of James 4:13, which admonishes the reader to realize that their plans for the future are dictated more by God’s will for their lives. “You will never see all that God has for you until you see all that God sees in you and beyond,” Arterburn said.

Arterburn gave many examples of the differences between a fool and a wise person, encouraging the new graduates and their families that when they begin their next journey, they should avoid the path of fools and follow the path of God because they will accomplish more than they can image.

“Remember the words of my mother,” he said and encouraged them to keep faith in their lives and in their hearts. “After all,” he said, “you never know.”

During the 10 a.m. commencement ceremony, 132 students graduated from the School of Art, Design and Architecture and the School of Business and Professional Studies. At the 2 p.m. commencement program, 101 students graduated from the School of Liberal Arts, Sciences and Education.

Additionally, Christian Karen medic Mr. Nay Hser, who lives in a refugee camp on the border of Thailand and Burma, and has been trained in ophthalmology by Scottish and American missionaries, received an honorary doctorate degree.

Recognitions for distinguished academic excellence and leadership were awarded during both ceremonies. Students who received acknowledgments include:

Jeremy Lyle Frederick of Machesney Park, Ill., a Master of Business Administration (School of Business and Professional Studies) candidate was awarded the W.R. Meadows Award, which is presented to the Master of Business Administration student deemed by the School of Leadership and Business dean and faculty to have demonstrated the values that have been foundational to W.R. Meadows success: quality, service, integrity and family.

Alan Gregory Osinski Jr. of Chicago, Ill., a Business Marketing and Management (School of Business and Professional Studies) major was awarded the Student Service Award-Traditional Undergraduate, which is presented to the graduating senior who best exemplifies sincerity and dedication to Christ, excellence in academic achievement, and dedication to the goals and mission of Judson University.

Jill Marie Rucker of Marengo, Ill., a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership (School of Business and Professional Studies) candidate received the Ames Leadership Award, which is awarded to the Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership student deemed by the School of Leadership and Business dean and faculty to have demonstrated skills in giving back to the community through leadership, vision, and spiritual guidance. 

Mary Ann Schumacher of Elgin, Ill., a Human Services (School of Business and Professional Studies) major, received the Student Service Award-Adult Professional Studies Undergraduate, which is presented to the graduating senior who best exemplifies sincerity and dedication to Christ, excellence in academic achievement, and dedication to the goals and mission of Judson University.

Alison Leigh Smith of Elgin, Ill., a Special Education (School of Liberal Arts, Sciences and Education) major with an English as a Second Language endorsement, was honored with the President’s Scholar Award-Traditional Undergraduate, which is Judson’s highest recognition for scholarship and is awarded to the graduating senior in the Traditional Program who has demonstrated distinguished academic achievement in the context of a Christian liberal arts program.

 Judson's Commencement Ceremonies are available to stream on Ustream and can be accessed through the links below.

http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/103004740 - Morning Commencement

http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/103011421 - Afternoon Commencement

 

See Photos from Judson's Spring Commencement 2017

 

Commencement 2017

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