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Saturday, December 12, 2020
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Due to the limitations in room capacities, the ceremonies will be held in Herrick Chapel at our Elgin Campus for the graduates only. We ask that graduates bring no more than two guests who will be directed to specific on-campus viewing areas. Masks and social distancing will be required and participants will be screened prior to the ceremonies.  (Please note that all plans are subject to change due to state restrictions). 

Please note below the breakdowns for each ceremony along with the check-in times. Please arrive at the Chapel at your check-in time where there will be screening (temperature check and health questionnaire) for you and your two guests prior to entering the seating areas. Your guests will need to stop in to be given a ticket and be directed to one of the viewing areas. After the ceremony concludes guests will be instructed to return to the Chapel to join in congratulating the graduates during the "Eagle Launch" recessional (weather permitting). The ceremonies can also be viewed on Facebook Live. Be sure to bring your cap, gown, & tassel (along with hood for Master students) to the ceremony. 




10:00AM        Adult Professional Studies graduates: 


    9:15AM               Associate of Arts, Bachelor of Arts

    9:30AM               Masters (Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Master of Arts in Human Services Administration, Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership, Master of Business Administration)




Elizabeth G Brekelbaum
Takesha Jeanette Brooks
Jessica L. Cash
Annette Jacqueline Gammell
Spring Marie Johansson
Stacie Michelle Young

Carla M. Castillo
KarLonda Lovee Leon
Cammarie Regayl Mayzes
Mercedes Sanchez
Kelly Nichole Wilkerson

Samantha Lindsay Haught
Siena Marie Janvier-Heath
Tarun Sharma

Beverly Marie Braunsky
Joseph Michael Howver
Janine Angela Jones
Uttsav Patel
Patricia Siqueira Schoulda
Kristina Lynn Short
Antoinette Renee Watkins
Paige Cynthia Whiting


Melissa Maydaleen Acosta, Organizational Leadership
Janeta Denise Allen, Applied Psychology
Andrea Joy Banke, Organizational Leadership
Jared N. Bloom, Applied Psychology
Isela Calabrese, Business Administration
Hannah Elizabeth Drewes, Organizational Leadership
John Anthony Early, Business Administration
Nichole Lynn Farr, Business Administration
Christine Dae Gardner, Applied Psychology
Kristen Victoria Gill, Applied Psychology
Maricruz Gorniak, Organizational Leadership
Samantha Marie Henry, Business Administration
Ryan Christopher Himes, Business Administration
Ashley Hellene Kimble, Human Services
LaTanza V. Knight, cum laude, Organizational Leadership
Megan Rose Lang, Applied Psychology
Austin Thomas Matison, Organizational Leadership
Clemon L. McCullough, Business Administration
Luisa Reyes Morton, Business Administration
Carlos T. Mullins, Business Administration
Crystal Lynn Noble, Organizational Leadership
Anna Maria Ramirez, Human Services
Lisa Marie Ramirez, magna cum laude, Business Administration
Daisi E. Rodriguez, Human Services
Cyril Rodel Sibal, cum laude, Human Services
Cynthia Michelle Simpson, cum laude, Applied Psychology
Andrea Lauren Slaw, Organizational Leadership
Ellen Marie Slawny, Organizational Leadership
Laura Margery Ann Stine, Applied Psychology
Cherish Marie Walsh, Human Services
Lytierra Nycole Rayua Williams, Applied Psychology
Shawn Richard Williams, Business Administration
Jarrod Raymond Worland, Business Administration
Suzanne M. Zorrilla, Business Administration

Denise D. Evans, Liberal Arts
Jennifer Lynn Furman with Highest Honors, Liberal Arts
Debra Krumsee, Liberal Arts
Michelle Lee Kusch with High Honors, Liberal Arts




2:00PM           Traditional program graduates and Master of Education and Master of Leadership in Ministry: 


    1:15PM             Bachelor of Arts 

    1:30PM             Master of Education in Literacy

    1:30PM             Master of Leadership in Ministry


Alexandrea Rae Augustine
Marion Heidi Gibbons
Kendall Marie Jackson
Jessica Aron Pysarenko
Stacey Michele Savage
Rachel Ann Smith

Jennifer Lynne Becker
Alexis Michelle Furlan
Jordan Daniel Furlan
Greggory James Hampton
Lindsey Scott Jodts


Alea J. Akers, Psychology
Karli Ann Marie Allen, Psychology
Riley Lynn Berg, Management
Connor Du Brown, Architecture
Nicole Ann Campo, Psychology
Jessica Carmen Cardoso, Psychology
Ashley Ann Chally, summa cum laude, Secondary Education (Mathematics)
Fatima Javaid Chaudhry, Health Promotion & Performance 
Brittney Taylor Farley, Early Childhood Education 
Stephen Daniel Gallagher, Management
Gonsalo Adrian Garcia, Marketing
Paula Daphania Hernandez, magna cum laude, Christian Ministries
Daniel Isaza, Health Promotion & Performance 
Ryan Anthony Jenkins, cum laude, Elementary Education
Benjamin Davis Johnson, Music Performance
Jacqueline Rose Johnson, Christian Ministries
Joshua Stanley LaSota, Music Performance
Jose Luis Laboy, Health Promotion & Performance 
Todd Christian Donald Latham, Accounting
Stephanie Katherine Layne, Marketing
Chloe Victoria Maietta, Exercise & Sport Science
Mohamad Younes Mubarak, Architecture
Alexis Mai Nguyen, magna cum laude, Management
Teesean Donovan Patterson, Management
Bilori Paul, Management
Georgia Glenne Redmond, cum laude, Secondary Education (Mathematics)
Kimberly Sunae Robbins, cum laude, Exercise & Sport Science
Freddy Arnaldo Rosa, Biochemistry
Elizabeth Sue Ross, Elementary Education
Danika Santiago, cum laude, Biology
Benjamin Quincy Simpson, Mathematics
David Maurice Sorrell, Sport Management
Samantha Grace Struemph, magna cum laude, Biology
Nicholas Andrew Swierczynski, Marketing
Marija Tanaskovic, Marketing
Alondra Villa, Elementary Education
Timothy Lewis Whittley, Music Performance

Caps and Gowns

All students are required to order their cap and gown online by Friday, October 16, 2020. Students who do not order by this date will assess a $30 late cap and gown order fee. Please go to Herffjones to order your cap and gown. Master students, please remember to order your hood along with your cap and gown. All caps and gowns will be available for pick-up beginning approximately December 7th. Caps and gowns are yours to keep.

ALL GRADUATING STUDENTS: Please check your student account online and pay any balances. Log onto MYJudson and select Student accounts to check your account and make payments. If you are unable to pay your full balance, you must contact Student Accounts (see contacts below) to make payment arrangements and pay your first installment payment in order to pick up your cap and gown. You will be able to receive your transcripts and diploma once you have a $0 balance. If you have a $0 balance and there are no holds on your account, you are ready to pick up your graduation attire!

Financial Aid Exit Counseling: If you have taken out student loans, note that you must complete Financial Aid Exit Counseling in order to receive your transcripts and diploma.

Master of Education in Literacy
Master of Education in Literacy students can pick up their cap, gown, and hood in Office 110 of Creekside South. Questions regarding your student account should be directed to Linda Newman or Ron Graf (see contact information below).

Traditional Undergraduates/Master of Leadership in Ministry
Master of Leadership in Ministry and Traditional students can pick up their cap and gown in the Student Accounts office during business hours (University Center, second floor). Pick up at the Elgin Main Campus, University Center, second floor in the Student accounts office: Walk-Ins: Monday, December 7, through Friday, December 11, 9:00AM to 5:00PM

Adult Professional Program:
Adult Professional Program Elgin and Online Students
Pick up at the Elgin Main Campus, University Center, second floor in the Student Accounts office - Walk Ins: Monday, December 7, through Friday, December 11, 9:00AM to 5:00PM

Adult Professional Program Rockford Students:
Pick up at the Rockford YMCA - Walk-Ins: Monday, December 7 through Thursday, December 10, 4:00PM to 8:00PM

Student Financial Services:
University Center, 2nd Floor,1151 North State Street, Elgin, IL 60123

Student Accounts Office:
Linda Newman: Linda.Newman@judsonu.edu - Phone 847-628-2055
Ron Graf: RGraf@judsonu.edu - Phone: 847-628-2051

Financial Aid Office:

Master's/Adult Students last names A-Z:Vincent Peluso - Monday to Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm
847.628.2535 - vincent.peluso@judsonu.edu

Trad Students last name A -L: Julie Durkin - Monday to Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm
847.628.2537 - julie.durkin@judsonu.edu
Trad Students last names M-Z: Lora Samayavong - Monday to Wednesday 9:00am - 3:00pm, Thursday 8:30am - 4:30pm
847.628.2532 - lora.samayavong@judsonu.edu


Graduation Photography

General photos from commencement and individual photos of graduates walking across the stage will be available for purchase online through Kevin Sherman Photography after the event. To see the photos and order prints, go to store.kshermphoto.com.

Graduation Announcements
Diploma Frames & Class Rings

To view graduation accessories please go to Herffjones


Diplomas will not be given at Commencement. If there are no holds from student accounts, library or financial aid, diplomas will be available for pickup starting Monday, January 18, 2021. Rockford Adult Undergrad and Graduate students can pick up their diplomas at the Rockford location. Diplomas not picked up by Thursday, February 18, 2021 will begin to be mailed out. Holds must be cleared before diplomas can be released. Graduation fees must be paid regardless of whether you participate in the commencement ceremony. If you choose not to participate in the commencement ceremony you will need to notify Jill Hargis at jhargis@judsonu.edu by Friday, October 16th.


To request a copy of your transcript, please login to www.judsonu.edu and click on "MYJU." The Transcript request link is in that menu. You may also order a transcript for pick up by coming to the Registrar’s Office in the Lindner Tower building. There is a $5 charge per transcript.

Alumni Information

The mission of the Judson University Alumni Association is to unite and serve alumni from Judson University and encourage alumni loyalty, support and involvement in the University. All Judson graduates automatically become lifetime members of the Judson University Alumni Association (JUAA). No membership dues are charged to be part of the Alumni Association. As a member, you will receive regular communications about programs and the impact of Judson’s students and alumni, Alumni Connections, a monthly e-newsletter keeping you informed of everything happening for alumni, as well as invitations to various opportunities throughout the year.

There are several ways to stay connected with your alma mater:

  • Join Judson Connect at judsonu.wisr.io/signup a place where you can make connections with fellow Judson alumni and students online to discuss career paths, industries of interest, job opportunities, connect with favorite programs, and much more
  • Attend campus events like Homecoming, Choir Concerts, Theater Events, and Athletic Games
  • Attend Judson regional gatherings in areas throughout the US
  • Participate in the annual spring break mission trip to Belize for alumni and current students with Dr. Crume
  • Connect through Social Media with the Judson Alumni Facebook page and LinkedIn group
  • Support the Alumni Phonathon
  • Join the Judson Alumni Club

The Judson Alumni Club has been created for all Judson alumni who make a donation of $10 or more per academic year to benefit any area of the University. For your annual donation, you will receive a Judson Alumni Membership Card as recognition of your support that will provide added benefits exclusively for Judson Alumni Club Donors such as:

  • $2 discount to Judson Theater Performances
  • $2 discount to Judson Athletic Events
  • $20 discount off the annual Fitness Center Pass
  • 10% discount off Judson Bookstore purchases
  • Membership in Working Advantage savings club offering national discounts on entertainment, shopping, etc. with over 700 vendors

Judson Alumni are offered added benefits such as a FREE membership to Right Now Media (an online library of over 10,000& video Bible studies, leadership videos, and kids’ shows), Judson Connect community platform, discounted insurance through our Alumni Insurance Program and more. Learn about alumni discounts, resources and events at www.judsonu.edu/alumni. Regular visits to the Judson University website also keep you informed of upcoming events and university news. Notify the Alumni Office with new events in your life - new address, new email address, job change, wedding, work or life accomplishments, addition to your family (birth, adoption, etc.), that you would like to share or have printed in our alumni communications

For alumni near our Elgin campus, the Judson Alumni Association offers a free one year pass to the Lindner Fitness Center. This pass is free to alumni, their spouse, and/or children (ages 12 –21) for one year after graduation. Passes for alumni, their spouse, and/or children can be purchased after the first year at a small cost of $100 per year (or $80 for Judson Alumni Club members.

Graduation Survey Fall 2020

You are invited to fill out the Graduation Survey for Fall 2020. To do so, please go to Fall 2020 Graduation Survey
Print the last documentation page to bring with you when you pick up your cap and gown.
Thank you!

Questions? Please contact Jill Hargis at jhargis@judsonu.edu



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