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More than 1,300 Aurora University students graduating May 5 during commencement ceremonies

Posted by on May 1, 2013

More than 1,300 Aurora University students will participate in the 120th annual commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 5, on the central campus quadrangle.

The ceremony for graduate students will be held at 10 a.m., followed by the undergraduate ceremony at 2 p.m. A total of 1,384 students will be graduating on the Aurora campus; another 124 students will participate in the commencement ceremony at the George Williams College of Aurora University campus in Wisconsin on Saturday, May 4.

At the AU afternoon undergraduate ceremony, David Aquino, an accounting major and recipient of the Spartan Award, will offer his reflections to the 2013 graduating class. Voted on by faculty, the prestigious award is the top annual student honor.

Aquino has been extensively involved as a scholar and volunteer on the AU campus and beyond. He has served as a senator for the Aurora University Students’ Association, treasurer for the Accounting Student Association and treasurer for Delta Mu Delta, the international business honor society. He also served as treasurer and president of the Latin American Student Organization and was active with the Dunham Scholars program. His service work includes volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, Feed My Starving Children and AU’s Morning of Service.

“To me, the Spartan Award isn’t just another award,” said Aquino. “It recognizes the relationships I’ve built during my time as a college student. It represents the people I’ve met and the faculty, staff and students I’ve had the opportunity to work with at AU.”

The university will present an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree to Magda Brown, a frequent visitor to the Aurora University campus who spends time speaking with students about her first-hand experiences as a Holocaust survivor. Her citation reads in part, “She is open, truthful and courageous as she connects AU students to the reality of the Holocaust in powerful ways. No longer is this chapter of history merely something they read about in text books. Thanks to Brown, our students will remember and teach their children to remember. She has changed their lives, helping them discover what is important to them.”

Both the graduate and undergraduate ceremonies will be streamed online at The university is located at 347 S. Gladstone Ave. in Aurora.


Aurora University is an inclusive community dedicated to the transformative power of learning, annually educating more than 4,400 degree-seeking students at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels. The university has a long tradition of preparing students for lives of service and leadership, and using its resources and expertise to meet the needs of the community. In addition to its main campus in Aurora, Ill., AU offers programs online, at its George Williams College campus in Williams Bay, Wis., and at the Woodstock Center in downtown Woodstock, Ill. Learn more at

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