Master’s and Doctoral graduates take the stage at Spring 2019 commencement ceremonies

Photo: Corey Hicks, a candidate for the PhD in Leadership: Health and Human Performance, was the invited graduate student speaker for Concordia-Chicago’s Spring 2019 graduate commencement service. 

Concordia-Chicago proudly highlighted the achievements of its recent class of 688 graduate students during the Spring 2019 commencement service, held on Saturday, May 11, 2019 in the Geisemann Gymnasium on the university’s campus in River Forest, Illinois.

Degrees awarded at the Master’s level comprised 509 Master of Arts degrees, 66 Master of Science degrees, 82 Master in Business Administration (MBA) degrees, and 6 Master of Arts in Teaching degrees. Measured by the number of graduating students, the top-two Master’s degree-awarding programs for Spring 2019 were the Master of Arts, Illinois Principal Preparation Program and the Master in Business Administration.

Twenty-five doctoral degrees were awarded. Measured by the number of graduating students, the top-two doctoral degree-awarding programs for Spring 2019 were the EdD/PhD Leadership: Special Education and the EdD/PhD Leadership: Teacher Leadership.

Concordia-Chicago continues to attract highly qualified international students to its graduate programs. The countries of origin represented within the Concordia-Chicago graduate student population include Saudi Arabia, India, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, China, and others. This spring, forty-nine of those graduating with Master’s degrees were international students. Of the 25 doctoral degrees conferred, 10 of the recipients were international students from Saudi Arabia.

The graduate student speaker selected to address the assembled crowd of graduates, faculty, family, and friends, was Corey Hicks, a candidate for the PhD in Leadership: Health and Human Performance. Hicks will add his newly-minted doctoral degree to an impressive list of prior accomplishments, including his having been a two-time NCAA All-American decathlete, a member of the 1996 team of Olympic hopefuls (until he was sidelined by an injury), a recipient of a Master's degree in Health Science from Concordia University Irvine, and an acclaimed motivational speaker whose emphasis on “The Three V's” (Values, Vision and Versatility) has found an appreciative audience in the U.S. and internationally. In his introduction to Hicks’s graduation address, Concordia-University president Rev. Dr. Daniel L. Gard recounted Hicks’s personal journey from modest beginnings to success and praised him for being “a living example of the phrase, ‘all things are possible.’”

Click here to view video of the 2019 Spring Graduate Commencement Service. Corey Hicks’s graduate student address begins at 1:22:11. Rev. Dr. Daniel L. Gard’s introduction of the graduate student speaker begins at 1:19:33.

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