Graduation Celebration

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Matt Hawkins
December 17, 2016

The Bradley family celebrated more than 220 graduates at the University’s annual December commencement ceremonies in Renaissance Coliseum.

University President Gary R. Roberts ’70 sent graduates onto their lives’ next chapters with a reminder of Bradley’s reputation for value and engagement. He noted Bradley’s marks as a Best College Value by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance and a No. 6 rank for student engagement by the Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education.

“Bradley truly is a great institution of higher learning,” he said. “Your education empowers you to succeed at whatever you choose to do and become leaders in whatever you choose. Your Bradley degree will serve you well whatever journey your life takes you on.”

Taryn Gille turned her five-year accounting integrated bachelor’s and master’s degrees into a job at Baker Tilly’s Oak Brook, Illinois, office. The Rockton, Illinois, native credited friends and Bradley faculty such as accounting professor Dr. Simon Petravick and Undergraduate Recruiting Coordinator Amy Fairfield for investing in her.

“If it wasn’t for the friendships I made, the relationships formed with faculty and organizations I was involved with, I don’t think I would be as prepared for the real world as well as I am,” Gille said. “They made Bradley worth the time and investment. They constantly pushed me to become a better student and better me.”

Danielle Tolvstad, a psychology and Spanish double major from Arlington Heights, Illinois, ventured into the world with a strong sense of the impact she could make.

“Bradley’s friendly and supportive environment helped me realize my full potential,” she said. “Because of friends and faculty who took an interest in me, I’m more confident in who I am and what I can accomplish.”