Judson University celebrated the accomplishments of almost 200 graduates Saturday between its two commencement ceremonies. Officials awarded 161 Bachelor of Arts degrees, 21 Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership degrees, 11 Master of Architecture degrees and five Master of Education degrees.
Judson's incoming president, Gene Crume, gave the commencement address. He officially takes over as president Friday.
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Carol Thompson, a 1977 Judson alumna received an honorary Doctorate of Letters and several legacy alumni were recognized, having graduated 40 or 45 years ago. Robert Erickson, a faculty member who established the university's Biblical Theological Department curriculum when the university moved to Elgin in 1963, was awarded professor emeritus status.
Four graduates were honored with awards in academic excellence and campus leadership. They are Stephanie Belokon of Crystal Lake, Timothy Ciochon of Nebraska, Katelyn Horgan of Crystal Lake, and Patricia Stejskal of Mundelein.