Judson University Honors Graduates’ Academic Excellence and Campus Leadership at Spring 2013 Commencement
(Elgin, IL – May 6, 2013) Judson University celebrated 161 graduates that earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, 21 for the Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership, 11 for the Master of Architecture, and five for the Master of Education degree at the 69th commencement on Saturday, May 4.
The Christian liberal arts and sciences university held two commencement exercises, one at 10 a.m. for graduates of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the School of Art, Design and Architecture, and another at 2 p.m. for graduates of the School of Education and the School of Leadership and Business.
Judson’s Incoming President Dr. Gene C. Crume gave the commencement address, encouraging graduates to grow in faith and love in Christ. He outlined the Leadership Bible’s seven qualities of character – goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, Godliness, mutual affirmation and love – and asked graduates to consider how they will live out these qualities in the future.
During the 10 a.m. Service, Judson awarded Carol J. Thompson, a 1977 Judson alumna, with an honorary Doctorate of Letters. She has served on Judson’s Board of Trustees since 1999 and has been Chair of the Board for the past six years. Thompson resides in Elgin and currently serves as an Executive Vice President and Publisher at Christianity Today, where she has been employed for more than 20 years.
Judson also award professor emeritus status to Dr. Robert Erickson of Elgin, a faculty member who established the university’s Biblical and Theological Department curriculum when the university moved to Elgin in 1963.
Several graduates were honored with awards in academic excellence and campus leadership at their respective ceremonies. Elementary Education major Stephanie Belokon of Crystal Lake, Ill., was honored with the Student Service Award, which recognizes “the graduating senior who has best exemplified sincerity in dedication to Christ, achievement in academic pursuit, and promotion of Judson University ideals."
Psychology major Timothy Ciochon of Fremont, Neb., and Biology major Katelyn Horgan of Crystal Lake, Ill, were each honored with the President’s Scholar Award, which recognizes graduating seniors who have demonstrated distinguished academic achievement in the context of a Christian liberal arts program.
Patricia Stejskal of Mundelein, Ill., received the Ames Award, which recognizes a graduate from Judson's School of Leadership and Business who demonstrates leadership potential to impact their organization and their world in a positive manner.
Legacy Alumni that graduated from Judson College 40 or 45 years ago gathered for the 10 a.m. service, where they were recognized and awarded a Judson University Diploma. Donald Ferrell, Marcy Ann Gloede and Aurea Ramous Reed were recognized for the class of 1968. Sally Ackemann Boscaljon, Frank Butler and Patricia May-Wilder were honored from the class of 1973.