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Over 1,000 Graduates Earn Lewis University Degrees

Lewis University celebrated May Commencement ceremonies for more than 1,000 students on May 6-7 on the university’s campus in Romeoville. The festivities began Friday, with the Graduate Degree Ceremony, which honored more than 350 students receiving doctoral degrees, certificates of advanced study, and master’s degrees, as well as graduates of adult accelerated programs. Fredrick Gandy and Shannon Lynn Hamm received a doctor of education. Ashley Renae Lisek received a doctor of nursing practice. The Morning Undergraduate Degree Ceremony honored more than 380 College of Aviation, Science and Technology, College of Business, College of Humanities, Fine Arts and Communications, and School of Graduate, Professional and Continuing Education degree recipients. Screenwriter, actress, director, producer of Cinderella, Pitch Perfect film series, 30 Rock , and New Girl Kay Cannon ’96, B.A., ’99, M.A., received an honorary doctorate degree and addressed the graduates. Cannon is a three-time Emmy nominee and the recipient of three Writers Guild of America (WGA) awards and a Peabody for her work on NBC’s 30 Rock . She also wrote the Pitch Perfect franchise, which has grossed over $500 million worldwide. She made her feature film directorial debut with the hit comedy Blockers . She most recently wrote and directed the modern musical Cinderella , a bold reimagining of the story we grew up with, which launched on Amazon and became the number one streamed movie in America and the No. 1 soundtrack on iTunes. Cannon got her start at such venerable comedic training grounds as ImprovOlympic, ComedySportz Chicago and Second City. There she met Tina Fey, who gave Cannon her first job as a writer on 30 Rock . Also during the ceremony, Juan Pablo Chavira was recognized with the Father Aquinas Colgan Award for his transformation while earning a bachelor’s degree in physics. Loralei Elizabeth Summers offered the Lasallian Address, sharing insights on the University Mission values of Knowledge and Association. Summers earned a bachelor’s degree in biology. The Afternoon Undergraduate Degree Ceremony honored 275 College Education and Social Sciences as well as College of Nursing and Health Sciences degree recipients. The degree ceremonies and Commencement Mass are available for viewing at  by the Lewis University Television Network and Department of Communications. Visit  for more information.   [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

ISBE Reauthorizes Lewis Education Programs with Distinction
Several Lewis University Education programs (Early Childhood Special Education, Elementary Education, and Learning Behavior Specialist I) recently received a 2021 “Exemplary” designation and have been Reauthorized with Distinction in its  Illinois Educator Preparation Profile (IEPP) by the Illinois State Board of Education. In addition, the Lewis University Reading Specialist master’s program received  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Lewis Awarded Second Chance Pell by U.S. Dept of Education
Lewis University in Romeoville, Ill., is among 73 institutions newly approved by the Department of Education to participate in the   Second Chance Pell Grant Experiment . The announcement by the Department on April 26 brings the total number of institutions nationally to 200. The Second Chance Pell Program, launched in 2015 by the Obama-Biden administration, allows incarcerated individuals to receive  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

National Honors for Education Students, Dr. Jennifer Buss
Dr. Jennifer Buss, associate professor of special education at Lewis University, has recently received several national honors. She was selected as the new National Catholic Educators Association CHESCS higher education division Board President for the 2022-2023 academic year, representing all the Catholic colleges/universities across the United States.  Lewis University students Amy Tracy  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

42nd Annual Golf Outing is June 10 at Cog Hill
The Lewis University Athletic Department is pleased to announce the 42nd Annual Golf Outing on Friday, June 10th at Cog Hill Golf Club in Lemont, Illinois. This year’s event will feature a Hall of Fame Brunch at 10 a.m. Golf registration will get underway at 11:30 a.m. with the Shotgun start at 1:00 p.m. Those who wish can join us for the entire day (Hall of Fame and Golf) or you can register  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Twenty-Third Issue of Jet Fuel Review is Available Online
The award-winning  Jet Fuel Review  has released its 23rd issue. Visit  to see the issue. The editors include Cassidy Fontaine-Warunek, Alexciana Castaneda, Mateusz Czubiński, Haley Leon, Lauren Lotarski, Sam McFerron, Brandon Peck, Jason Ludtke, Selena Tomas, Alecea Cardillo, and alumni Sylvia Szewczyk, Jo Spangler, Miguel Soto, and Stephanie Karas. Dr. Simone Muench  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Lewis University Best Buddies is Best In Illinois, Again
Lewis University's Chapter of Best Buddies  won the Illinois Chapter of the Year for Colleges and Universities. It's the second consecutive year the chapter has been awarded such a prestigious award. It's the third time the chapter won the honor under the leadership of Dr. Jennifer Buss, faculty advisor and associate professor of special education.  Buss was awarded Faculty Advisor of the  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

COVID Update - Commencement, Summer Term, Mask Friendly
I would like to express my gratitude to all of our students who have persevered and achieved great success this semester, and gratitude to our faculty and staff, who have supported our students in countless ways during these unprecedented times. Our whole community has done its part in keeping each other safe and healthy this semester. Your adherence to the Flyers Promise, submission of COVID-19 vaccine  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

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