Posted by Aurora University on May 3, 2011
AURORA, Ill. — About 1,200 Aurora University students will receive degrees at the 118th commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 8, on the campus quadrangle at 347 S. Gladstone Ave.
The ceremony for graduate students is at 10 a.m., followed by the undergraduate ceremony at 2:30 p.m. Receptions following the ceremonies will be held on the quad.
At the afternoon ceremony, Ariane Arlie of Chicago, senior business and commerce major and recipient of the Spartan Award, AU’s top award to a student, will offer reflections on the university.
Honorary degrees will be awarded to Don E. and Betty Jane Tucker of Kitty Hawk, N.C., 1951 and 1952 Aurora College alumni, respectively; and Walter E. Massey, president of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He was one of a group of prominent scientists who helped establish the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Aurora.
Candidates for graduate degrees include about 600 master’s degree students and Doctor of Education degree students and about 600 undergraduate students who will receive bachelor’s degrees.