National Louis University welcomed Felicia Davis and Toni Preckwinkle as keynote speakers at the 2012 Commencement Ceremonies
National Louis University, one of Chicago’s oldest private universities and a leader in providing a quality education for the adult learner that helps them succeed post-graduation, recognized 866 graduate and 414 undergraduate students at today’s commencement ceremonies. Two dedicated public servants gave the respective keynote commencement addresses. Felicia Davis, first deputy chief of staff, City of Chicago, addressed the graduate students and Toni Preckwinkle, Cook County Board president, gave the undergraduate keynote speech.
In her remarks, Ms. Davis announced that she will be leading the Mayor’s new Office of Public Engagement, which will serve as a direct link between the Mayor's Office, City departments, Sister Agencies, external partners and communities across the City to make city government and its resources more accessible.
She also applauded the graduates -- 74 of whom received doctoral degrees among the three colleges (College of Arts and Sciences, National College of Education and College of Arts and Sciences) -- and their families for earning a graduate degree. She emphasized the importance of public service and forging strong partnerships in the community to affect change. While addressing the undergraduates, Preckwinkle emphasized the importance and responsibility of being an active, engaged citizen.
“The faculty, staff and students at National Louis University are honored to have two dedicated public servants give today’s commencement addresses,” said Nivine Megahed, National Louis president. “National Louis was founded on the principle that a quality education can transform lives, careers and communities. Today’s commencement keynote speakers are true representatives of individuals who have great dedication to making communities stronger and safer for all of us. At National Louis, we hold this commitment to community in high regard and are proud to provide our students with an education that makes a difference.”
“Whatever profession these graduates pursue, each of them has shown their commitment to public service and each has learned how to put that commitment to work through their study at National Louis,” said Felicia Davis, first deputy chief of staff, City of Chicago. “As Mayor Rahm Emanuel has often said, everything we do as a city depends on the vision and values of our partners working towards a shared mission. In my own life, as a wife, mother and public servant I know that the promise of Chicago’s future depends on the strength of our partnerships. With the Mayor’s new Office of Public Engagement and the passion of National Louis’ graduating class, we will forge a stronger future for the City of Chicago.”
“It’s an honor to be part of this year’s graduation ceremony. I first came to Chicago when I was 18 years old to go to college. When I graduated – I became a teacher, because I know the opportunity that education brings,” said Toni Preckwinkle, Cook County Board president.
About National Louis University
Founded in 1886, National Louis is a nonprofit, non-denominational University comprised of three colleges: National College of Education; College of Arts & Sciences; and College of Management and Business. From its inception, National Louis has provided educational access to adult, immigrant and minority populations – a mission it sustains today. The University offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in fields of education, management, human services, counseling, public policy, and others concerned with human and community development. The University ranks first in the state of Illinois for the number of graduate degrees in education conferred. National Louis is well-known for an exceptional history in teacher preparation, and continues to be a leader in educating future teachers and community leaders to succeed in urban environments. For more information, visit www.nl.edu.