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Northwestern College Conducts 108th Commencement, with Keynote by Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios

Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios presents the Keynote Address at Northwestern College’s 108th Commencement at the Arie Crown Theater at McCormick Place in Chicago.

Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios presents the Keynote Address at Northwestern College’s 108th Commencement at the Arie Crown Theater at McCormick Place in Chicago.

[Bridgeview/Chicago-Jefferson Park/Naperville/Rosemont, IL] Northwestern College President Lawrence Schumacher announced that 303 students were awarded certificates and degrees at the College’s 108th Commencement Ceremony held on Friday, June 15th at the Arie Crown Theater at McCormick Place in Chicago. Graduates completed their studies at the College’s three Illinois campuses, including Bridgeview, Chicago-Jefferson Park and Naperville, as well as on-line. In total, 364 graduates completed programs in 2011-2012, resulting in 93 certificates and 271 Associate Degrees conferred. This ceremony included the first class of the College’s Violet Schumacher School of Nursing, which opened in 2010.

Northwestern College was honored to feature Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios as its Keynote Speaker, the first such address of his career. Assessor Berrios was humbled to be invited to address the Class of 2012 and took the opportunity to urge them to appreciate all that they have accomplished, sometimes against all odds. He advised them to always keep trying and never to quit. “As you continue on in life’s journey,” he counseled, “don’t forget to reach back and help the person behind you. There are people back there that are following your lead; they will need someone to mentor them and to tell them to keep going, even if they think they’ll fail.” Assessor Berrios was the first in his own family of seven children to graduate from college, and he shared numerous details of his childhood, including growing up in Cabrini Green and the jobs he had held since 13 years old, jobs which helped his family survive. Those less than desirable jobs, he told the Class, brought him to the positions he holds today and led to the successes he has experienced.

Northwestern College President Lawrence Schumacher also addressed the Class of 2012, pointing out the numerous changes that had occurred in the world since they began their journey towards obtaining a college education. “Life will continue to change for you, and if history is any indication, those changes will come a lot faster than you think. Modern conveniences that you rely on today will likely be replaced with things that are even better.” He urged the Class to find their passion, dream big, never give up, and finally, to give back. “You have overcome a lot to be here today, and you now stand as a testament to what hard work and dedication can lead to – a college degree and a leg up in this world!”

About Northwestern College:
Northwestern College (NC) is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, www.ncahlc.org. The college offers focused career-oriented associate degree and certificate programs with flexible schedules and a supportive faculty. Day, evening, weekend, online classes and online programs are available with campuses in Chicago, Bridgeview, and Naperville. More information can be found at www.northwesterncollege.edu or by calling toll-free (888) 205-2283.

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