University Celebrates 114th Commencement
CHICAGO, IL (May 14, 2007) – On a sunny and mercifully cool Saturday afternoon, hundreds of North Park family members packed the University's gymnasium to witness North Park's 114th Commencement and - more importantly to most – the their loved ones' walk across the stage to receive a well-earned college diploma.
In addition to family and friends of the class of 2007, the campus hosted over 80 guests reuniting for the Golden Circle, or 50-Year class reunions – members of both the Junior College and Academy Class of 1957.
The 10 a.m. commencement ceremony, during which traditional undergraduate degrees were awarded, recognized two recipients of honorary degrees – Rev. LeRoy M. Johnson C'54 S'60, a denominational leader and philanthropic development pioneer, and Rev. C. T. Vivian, a civil rights leader who served along side Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the 1960s.
The morning ceremony also recognized a number of graduates for notable achievements. Seniors Par Excellence Elizabeth Sedlar and Brady Josephson were recognized by Vice President for Student Development and Dean of Students Andrea Nevels. Krista Lindwall and Benjamin Feijoo were honored as Outstanding Seniors by Paul Hawkinson C'92, chair of the Alumni Board. Kyle Becchetti, chair of the University Board of Trustees, presented the Ahnfedlt Medallion to Anna Marshall, the graduating senior in the undergraduate College with the highest overall grade point average.
The 3 p.m. ceremony honored graduates of the School of Adult Learning (GOAL) and all graduate programs except the Seminary, which holds its commencement on May 19. Representative graduates from each School conferring degrees shared in the program, including a performance by graduates of the School of Music and remarks from graduates of the School of Adult Learning, School of Business and Nonprofit Management, School of Education, and School of Nursing.
All told, North Park recognized 445 graduates on Saturday and celebrated with countless family members and friends. The University bids farewell to the Class of 2007 and looks forward to hearing of their impact on the world as they go forth to lead the lives of significance and service for which they have been prepared.