Commencement Ceremonies Honor Graduates Plus Leaders

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Commencement Ceremonies at Lewis University: Honors Graduates Plus Philanthropic, Business and Education Leaders

Published: December 21, 2015.

Lewis University held Winter Commencement ceremonies for 854 students and bestow four honorary degrees on Saturday, December 19 and Sunday, December 20 on the University’s campus in Romeoville.

On Saturday, the Graduate Degree Ceremony master’s degrees were awarded to 304 men and women, along with three doctoral degrees in Educational Leadership.

The Sunday schedule began with the Baccalaureate Liturgy, followed by a continental breakfast. There were 547 students awarded bachelor's degrees during the Undergraduate Degree Ceremony.

The President’s Reception for Graduates occurred after both ceremonies for graduates and their guests.

Lewis University awarded four honorary doctorate degrees at its Commencement ceremonies. Michael F. Hughes, chairman and founder of Huen Electric and a Trustee Emeritus at Lewis University, and Brother Michael J. McGinnis, FSC, President Emeritus and Professor of Religion at LaSalle University, were honored at the Commencement Ceremony for Graduate Students on Saturday, December 19.

At the Sunday Ceremony for Undergraduates, honorary degrees were presented to Dorothy M. “Dottie” Brown of Joliet, who was recognized for her lifetime of service to community organizations through extensive service and constant philanthropy. Also honored was noted artist Antonia Contro, Executive Director of Marwen, a non-profit organization that provides free visual art education, career development and college planning programs to underserved Chicagoland youth in grades 6-12.

Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to nearly 7,000 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. Visit for further information.

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