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  • August 13, 2014 -

    The Student Life Experience at the Summer Commencement Ceremony

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    Audra Kachonik, Raymond Lee, Karl Gibson, Jessica Hill (left to right)

    To recognize and commemorate the occasion of students completing their academic milestone, the Office of Student Life once again played an active role in a weekend that celebrated Kaplan University’s new and returning consecutive graduates at the Chicago summer commencement.

     Most of Student Life’s time was spent in the historic Chicago Theatre gifting graduating members in one or multiple honor societies with a cord from the University’s eight distinguished groups, including Psi Chi (psychology majors), Iota Sigma Tau (information technology), Alpha Phi Sigma (criminal justice), Golden Key (all majors), Sigma Theta Tau (nursing), National Society of Collegiate Scholars (all majors), Alpha Beta Kappa (all majors), and newcomer Tau Upsilon Alpha (human services). Over 100 honor society cords were awarded to deserving graduates who attended, ranging in colors from blue and gold to orchid and white.

     “As always, it was a rewarding experience to interact with the attending graduates and see their smiles as they’re handed a society cord that would help distinguish them during the ceremony,” said Maurice Brown, Student Life Manager.
    Outside of providing cords to deserving graduates, the Student Life team also gifted alumni a University license plate cover, added them to the Kaplan University Alumni LinkedIn group, and had graduates engaged in their Graduate Services Bingo game, which connected them to all participating service groups who were tabling at the theater.

    Additionally, 18 alumni of different ages and walks of life were interviewed by Adam Lenehan, Student Life’s practicum intern from the School of Graduate Education, for a program that will be aired later this year on Kaplan University Radio. This will allow students and University staff to hear about the academic journey and recent accomplishments of University alumni.

    Lastly, a few student organization leaders were also present for the weekend to help support the event and personally meet some of their graduating members. This included Kaplan University Student Military Association (KUSMA) President, Secretary for the Kaplan University African American Union for Student Support and Engagement (KAUSE), and Gamma Chi Theta (Business Club) Member Karl Gibson, along with Raymond Lee, recent graduate, previous Alpha Beta Kappa president, Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization (CEO) president, and National CEO Student Advisory Council member.

    It truly was a weekend to remember, and the Office of Student Life was very proud to be a part of such an important day in the student experience.

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