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Local Students Featured on Bradley University’s 2022 Spring Dean’s List

Over 1,700 students have been named to Bradley’s Dean’s List for Spring 2022. To be eligible for Dean’s List, a student must achieve a minimum semester grade point average of 3.5 on a scale of 4, 0.
Local students who made the list include:

  • Jeffrey Czerak from Aurora (60506), majoring in English Education (9-12)
  • Lavannya Deolalikar from Aurora (60504), majoring in psychology
  • Hunter Jackley from Aurora (60505), majoring in Kinesiology and Health Sciences
  • Drew Kohlberg Aurora (60502), major in history
  • Kaitlyn Lano from Aurora (60504), majoring in biology
  • Denisha Rome Luluquisin d’Aurora (60504), majoring in music business
  • Cassandra Navarro from Aurora (60505), majoring in Television and Communication Arts
  • James Perozzi from Aurora (60503), majoring in Mechanical Engineering
  • Anai Salgado d’Aurora (60506), specialization in advertising and public relations
  • Taylor Shead Aurora (60505), with specialization in FCS Retail Merchandising
  • Brian Aids d’Aurora (60505), specialization in computer science
  • Landon Williams from Aurora (60504), majoring in political science

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Aurora student inducted into Phi Kappa Phi

Lourdes Contreras of Aurora, Illinois, was recently inducted into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. Contreras was initiated at Northern Illinois University.

Contreras is one of approximately 25,000 students, faculty, professional staff, and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation only and requires the nomination and approval of a Chapter. Only the top 10% of seniors and 7.5% of juniors are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10% of graduate degree applicants may also be eligible, as may faculty, professional staff, and alumni who have achieved academic distinction.

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Aurora students named to Milwaukee School of Engineering Dean’s List

The Milwaukee School of Engineering congratulates students named to the Spring 2022 Dean’s List.

  • fahim mahmoud from Aurora (60503), who is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
  • Nghi Pham of Aurora (60506), who is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in User Experience
  • Christina Faulkner of Aurora (60506), who is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Jackson Bukala from Aurora (60504), who is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering

Undergraduates who have earned at least 30 credits and have a GPA of 3.20 or higher (out of 4.0) are on the Dean’s List. Students who have maintained a 3.70 or higher receive “high honors”.

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Native Aurora graduates of Ripon College

Ripon College held its 2022 Commencement Ceremony on May 16 to celebrate its promotion.

Among the College’s graduating class of 2022 is Cameron Zimmerman of Aurora, Illinois. Zimmerman majored in chemistry.

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Aurora students graduate from Elmhurst University

In a festive atmosphere despite gray skies and some afternoon rain, Elmhurst University held its 151st Commencement for the Class of 2022. On Saturday, May 21, nearly 850 undergraduate and graduate students attended took part in the three ceremonies held throughout the day, outside more than 1,000 Elmhurst students who graduated. The following local students have graduated:

  • Jamie Nicole Haasfrom Aurora (60503), earned a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies in Communication.
  • Taylor Catherine Harazinfrom Aurora (60504), graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Sports Management.
  • Sophia Ann Zarasfrom Aurora (60504), graduated with a Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders.

The debut marked the official end of the University’s sesquicentennial celebrations and “the first day of our next 150 years,” President Troy D. VanAken said.

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Aurora’s Ryan Zaprzal receives a diploma from UA

Ryan Zaprzal of Aurora, IL (60503), received the following degree from the University of Alabama: Bachelor of Science in Commerce and Business Administration. UA awarded 5,907 degrees during its spring opening ceremonies May 6-8, 2022.

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Dean’s List at Monmouth College

These are the students who made Deans List at Monmouth College for the Spring Semester 2022. To make Deans List, students must have taken at least 3.0 academic credits and achieved a GPA for these 3 courses, 5 or better on a scale of 4.0.

  • Zachary Lundquist
  • Lauren Peterson

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Adelynn Tregay Named to Dean’s List for Spring 2022

Student at Cedarville University Adeline Tregay from Aurora, IL, majoring in multi-age music education, was named to Cedarville University’s Dean’s List for Spring 2022. This recognition requires the student to achieve a GPA of 3.5 or higher for the semester and carries a minimum of 12 credit hours.

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Aurora students among Colorado College’s class of 2022

The following local students graduated from Colorado College on May 22, 2022.

  • Caroline Brose, from Aurora, IL, earned a Bachelor of Arts in Organismal Biology and Ecology. Brose is a member of Colorado College’s class of 2022.
  • Sara Dixon, of Aurora, Illinois, graduated with great distinction with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Science. Dixon is a member of Colorado College’s class of 2022.

Colorado College celebrated the Class of 2022 with an in-person commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 22, awarding 500 Bachelor of Arts degrees and 13 Master of Arts degrees in education. The ceremony marked CC’s 148th academic year, with alumna Margaret A. Liu, 1977, delivering the commencement address.

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