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Bradley alum Griffin Polonus '16 proposed to girlfriend Enriqueta Rodriguez during the ceremony. (Photo by Duane Zehr)

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Matt Hawkins
May 13, 2017

Bradley’s Spring 2017 commencement celebrated the accomplishments of more than 1,000 students. The University awarded 885 undergraduate degrees, 149 master’s degrees and 24 doctorates at Peoria Civic Center’s Carver Arena.

Here are a few reflections from the graduates:

Patrick Campbell, a political science major from Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
My favorite memory was being a member of the first Bradley cross country team to win the Missouri Valley Conference meet. Intercollegiate athletics has been a huge part of my life the past four years, and I wouldn’t trade the experiences for anything. My career as an athlete has taught me a lot about running and life in general.

Angel Daley, a marketing graduate from Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
People here are so great. I came here not knowing anyone, but I built connections and met a lot of wonderful people with great talents. Those people made Bradley worth it. I was far away from home, but the people had a huge impact on my life.

Katrina Hauser, a public relations graduate from Ballwin, Missouri
My favorite Bradley memories always go back to living in the dorms. You really create special bonds with people when they’re right across the hall. I can remember so many late nights giggling with floormates and learning how to adapt to college life together.

Chris Roseman, a mechanical engineering graduate from St. Louis
I had the opportunity to design and run experiments on microelectromechanical systems that had never been done before. The research environment drew me to pursue a doctorate, which I had never considered. I cannot imagine this happening at any other University because Dr. Shannon Timpe reached out to me for the opportunity. He saw my potential because he knew me from class. I am forever grateful for his devotion to student success. 

Alexandra Vickery, a special education graduate from Sugar Grove, Illinois
The most significant experience I had was my novice teaching experience in an early childhood center. I had never been in a school with at-risk children so this experience opened my eyes to the struggles that these families face each day. I knew that these children needed me and I will forever be grateful to them for turning me into the loving and supportive teacher I always hoped to be.

Watch video from the ceremony: Part One, Part Two