Augustana's 152nd commencement took place at the i wireless Center in Moline, Ill., on Sunday, May 20. In all, 558 undergraduates earned their degrees.
Students from your area earning degrees include:
Sara Hewitt, from Lake Zurich, graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology and pre-medicine.
Nicola Trumbull, from Lake Zurich, graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and creative writing.
Augustana President Steve Bahls told the graduating Class of 2012 he hopes they will use their liberal arts education to tackle problems from all angles, and the commencement speaker, Broadway's SPIDER-MAN: Turn off the Dark director Philip William McKinley '73, urged them to use their talents and to take risks.
Mr. McKinley urged the grads to not treat their dreams like mom's fine China or save them up for a special vacation, he suggested students "try them out and test them as often as they can."
Founded in 1860 and situated on a 115-acre campus near the Mississippi River, Augustana College is a private, liberal arts institution affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The college enrolls 2,500 students from diverse geographic, social, ethnic and religious backgrounds and offers nearly 90 majors and related areas of study. Augustana employs 182 full-time faculty and has a student-faculty ratio of 12:1. Augustana continues to do what it has always done: challenge and prepare students for lives of leadership and service in our complex, ever-changing world.