Judson University celebrated 188 graduates during the 87th commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 7. Three-time Olympian Tracy Evans Land gave the keynote address to graduates in ceremonies at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in Herrick Chapel.
During the 10 a.m. commencement ceremony, 98 students graduated, including 31 from the Traditional Architecture and Art and Design programs, 4 from the Master of Architecture program and 63 from the Division of Professional Studies programs: Masters (MBA, Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership and Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling) and Adult Undergraduate (evening adult students) Bachelor of Arts and Associate of Arts.
At the 2 p.m. commencement program, 83 students graduated from the Traditional Undergraduate program and seven from the Doctor of Education in Literacy (DLIT) program. During this service, Judson graduated 13 students with a Certificate of Completion from the RISE (Road to Independent Living, Spiritual Formation and Employment) Program for students with intellectual disabilities.
Distinguished academic awards for excellence and leadership were presented to the following students:
Debra Krumsee of Sleepy Hollow, Ill., is a Business Administration major graduate who was awarded the President’s Scholar Award, which is presented to the graduating senior who demonstrates persistence and commitment. During her time at Judson, Debra earned Dean’s List honors, Judson honors and was inducted into the Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society. During her classwork, she was a class thought leader and helped other students by sharing her professional experience, encouragement, and feedback.
Madison Psinas of Pekin, Ill., is an Architecture major graduate. She was honored with the President’s Scholar Award-Traditional Undergraduate, which is Judson’s highest recognition for scholarship and is awarded to the graduating senior in the Traditional Program who has demonstrated distinguished academic achievement in the context of a Christian liberal arts program. During her time at Judson, Psinas was a member of the prestigious Judson Leaders Scholars program and has been on the Dean’s List every semester while pursuing an honors diploma. She was a member of the American Institute of Architecture Students and Tao Sigma Delta, the architectural honors society. Due to her academic achievements and leadership, she was honored with the Abraham Lincoln Civic Engagement Award. She also volunteers at her local Pregnancy Crisis Center and has served for two years as an intern with the Judson University World Leaders Forum.