Judson Holds Winter Commencement | Judson University Christian College

Judson Celebrates as 125 students Graduate at Winter Commencement

 Kyle Strobel Commencement2 (ELGIN, IL – December 11, 2021) Judson University celebrated 125 students who graduated at Judson’s 86th commencement ceremonies held at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 11, at Herrick Chapel on the Elgin campus.

Judson alumnus Dr. Kyle Strobel gave the keynote address and congratulated the graduates on their achievements. He remembered that his time at Judson was pivotal in forming his faith and developing his life’s work and ministry as a college theologian and author of several books, including Where Prayer Becomes Real and The Way of the Dragon or the Way of the Lamb.

Strobel said that while he was at Judson, he was tempted to use his academic accomplishments as the foundation and meaning for his life, not yet embracing the idea of putting Jesus as the foundation for his life. But he said that Judson nurtured him and helped lead him to embrace his own calling. He said he was confronted with Jesus at Judson and learned to set his eyes on Jesus and to turn to the Lord for guidance. During these uncertain and divisive times, he encouraged the graduates to do the same; to look back on stories from scripture and then to set their eyes on the eternal and follow Jesus.

“Consider how often we put our hopes in things that simply don’t last. Consider how often we judge things in this world,” Strobel said. “There is only one foundation that will not be shaken. There is only one kingdom that never ends, and all else will fade.”

Brian McDonald awardIn the morning ceremonies, Judson recognized Graduate Brian McDonald of South Beloit, Ill., with the President’s Scholar Award – Adult Professional Studies Undergraduate, which recognizes the graduating senior who has demonstrated distinguished academic achievement in the context of a Christian liberal arts program and adhered consistently to Judson ideals. McDonald earned his associate degree in 2019 before taking a break and then continuing with his education at Judson to grade with a bachelor’s degree in Human Services. Throughout his time at Judson, Brian has worked as a before and after school teacher at the YMCA of Rock River Valley. Brian’s high performance at work was recognized as he received the Rising Star, Spark Plug, and Culture Champion Awards. With the completion of his bachelor’s degree in Human Services, Brian intends to go into leadership at a youth-based nonprofit where he can impact the lives of his students and develop the lives of young employees working with him.

Eliana AwardIn the afternoon program, Management graduate Eliana Sarver of Villa Park, Ill., received the President’s Scholar Award – Traditional Undergraduate. This is the university’s highest recognition for scholarship and honors the graduating senior in the traditional program who has demonstrated distinguished academic achievement in the context of a Christian liberal arts program and adhered consistently to Judson ideals.  Eliana has been active in many organizations on campus from the Judson Business Society, the Judson Student, a social media intern for the Chicago Auto Show, and a finalist in two Shark Tank Competitions. Eliana has achieved the highest academic success appearing on the Dean’s List each semester as she earned a Management Degree and marketing minor.


To see Judson's photo album from the day, visit: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmXeXzUz. You can see the full ceremony from both Commencement services on Judson's Facebook and YouTube pages.

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