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Barbara Byrd-Bennett and Dr. Daniel Greenstein Address National Louis University Graduates at Commencement Ceremonies

National Louis University proudly recognized 1,218 graduate and 539 undergraduate students at this year's commencement ceremonies. Two education leaders gave the respective keynote commencement addresses. Barbara Byrd-Bennett, CEO, Chicago Public Schools, addressed the National College of Education graduates and Dr. Daniel Greenstein, director of Education, Postsecondary Success for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, gave the keynote speech to graduates of the College of Management and Business, as well as the College of Arts and Sciences.

In her remarks, Byrd-Bennett noted, "Education is the great equalizer and society's highest calling." She lauded the graduates for responding to that calling and praised the NLU College of Education as a global leader in developing educational talent.

Greenstein acknowledged the extraordinary achievements of the graduates who often have balanced university with family and fulltime work. He encouraged the graduates to see earning their degree as a stepping stone in their careers, to be open to the opportunities that will come their way, and to celebrate the intrinsic, personal value that gaining knowledge gives them.

This year’s commencement also marked the graduation of NLU’s inaugural class of Harrison Fellows. Harrison Fellowships are awarded to full-time students at National Louis University interested in pursuing an undergraduate degree in business administration, elementary education (with a concentration in math or science) or human services on National Louis's Chicago campus. Each applicant is sponsored and recommended by a community leader, who agrees to provide encouragement and leadership opportunities as they pursue their degree, with the expectation that upon graduation, the student will use their education to serve and advance their communities. Scholarships are awarded to students who exhibit strong promise in their communities, but might not be able to otherwise attend college.

“National Louis was founded on the principle that a quality education can transform lives, careers and communities. I wish our graduates the best of luck as they use the tools and experiences that they gathered at NLU to make a difference in their communities,” said Nivine Megahed, Ph.D., National Louis president. “Barbara Byrd-Bennett and Daniel Greenstein and their keynote addresses exemplify the power that education has to positively change communities. We are honored that they joined our celebration today.”

 "It is an honor to give the commencement address to The National Louis University College of Education," said Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett.  "I am consistently inspired by the talent, professionalism, and passion of educators from National Louis who are making a difference for children around the world."

“National Louis University’s commitment to its graduates, to social justice, and to the community it serves is exemplary and it signals an enormously promising direction for higher education in this country,” said Daniel Greenstein, director of Education, Postsecondary Success for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. “I’m excited to be a part of this very special occasion for the graduates and their families at this remarkable institution. ”


    NLU’s Chicago campus on South Michigan Avenue occupies five floors of the historic Peoples Gas Building. This landmark building, across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park, is easily accessible by train, bus and car and is surrounded by restaurants, parking lots/garages and shops.

    122 S. Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60603
    (888) 658.8632
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    Conveniently located in a fast-growing business district off I-90 and Route 31, NLU Elgin features 10 classrooms with high-tech media equipment; a computer lab with high-speed Internet access; two conference rooms; and comfortable student lounges. Parking is free at this recently remodeled and upgraded teaching site, which now includes wireless Internet access.

    620 Tollgate Road
    Elgin, IL 60123
    (888) 658.8632
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    Opened in the summer of 2006, NLU North Shore at Skokie is a state-of-the-art modern campus located just off the Edens Expressway near the Old Orchard Shopping Center. The campus includes 44 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a walk-in lab in the library; six conference rooms; a public café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; and multiple, comfortable student lounge areas.

    5202 Old Orchard Road
    Skokie, IL 60077
    (888) 658.8632
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    Located just minutes from the East-West Tollway (I-88), NLU Lisle features 42 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a separate walk-in lab in the library; a café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; conference rooms; and six comfortable student lounge areas with wireless access.

    850 Warrenville Road
    Lisle, IL 60532
    (888) 658.8632
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    Located in one of Chicago's major northwest suburbs, the newly renovated NLU Wheeling includes 20 classrooms with high-tech media equipment, four conference rooms, four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, large student lounge areas with wireless capabilities and interactive video capabilities, and an extensive research library. The site also houses the university library research collection.

    1000 Capitol Drive
    Wheeling, IL 60090
    (888) 658.8632
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    Established in 1988 and located in one of the city's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to six classrooms, this location features a conference room, a computer lab with high-speed Internet access, an extensive research library and comfortable student lounges.

    5110 Eisenhower Boulevard Suite 102
    Tampa, FL 33634
    (800) 366.6581
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    NLU's Milwaukee campus has a proud history of serving graduate students in education in southeastern Wisconsin. Nearly one in five certified Wisconsin teachers looks to NLU for graduate education programs – more than any other university in the state. In addition to classrooms with high-tech media equipment, the campus offers a state-of-the-art computer lab with wireless Internet access and an extensive IDS research library.

    12000 West Park Place, Suite 100
    Milwaukee, WI 53224-3007
    (414) 577.2658
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