Monday, May 2, 2022 — For College of Education and Social Work Students

Congratulations, Class of 2022!

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It promises to be a weekend to remember for more than 1,200 Aurora University graduation candidates. The undergraduate commencement ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 7, at noon on the Quad. The graduate ceremony will be on Sunday, May 8, at noon on the Quad. George Williams College will host its ceremony in the Ferro Pavilion this Friday at 5 p.m. All ceremonies will be livestreamed and available for playback at

A Message from the Dean

Courage: Opportunities and Growth Equal Transformation

When you have the courage to take on new opportunities, you grow. When you grow, you transform. The expansion starts with you. When you take on a challenge, even when you are not certain, you demonstrate courage. While striving to balance all of the moving parts, you are making plans and meeting deadlines.

Spring seems to be “struggling” to make an appearance this year. The season keeps appearing and seems to slide away. Then the season comes back even more vibrant. Is this truly a grappling, or is this process an essential part of the transformation? Maybe the “struggle” is actually getting all of the pieces in place for a significant progression. Our development seems to be very similar. Our educational experiences make appearances, present challenges, and slide away only to return even more potent.

In Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy wrote, “Spring is the time of plans and projects.” This season is a time for us to plan for the next steps, graduation, job prospects, and open doors. You can get the most out of the opportunities you’ve been given when you are willing to follow the lead of spring. Step forward, test the waters, get your bearings, step up and then decide if you need to modify the plan or if you are ready to plow ahead. “If you never try, you’ll never know” (Coldplay, 2005).

Throughout your education, you experienced many transformations. You saw possibilities, and you made things happen. You have actively engaged in meaningful work on many levels this spring. The growth opportunities have been presented to you, and you held on. You embraced academic challenges, strove for achievements, maintained social engagements, and accomplished a transformation.

Your determination and willingness make for a winning combination. As social work researcher Brené Brown said, “Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen” (Daring Greatly, 2015). Thank you for being an integral part of Aurora University. By showing up, we saw you. You were transformed, and you transformed others. We are better because you were here. Thank you for a tremendous spring of 2022.


Brenda J. Barnwell, DSW, LCSW, CADC, CODP I
Dean, College of Education and Social Work

Key Dates

May 2–7, 2022 Final Exams

May 6, 2022 Residence Halls close at 5 p.m.

May 6, 2022 George Williams College Commencement, 5 p.m., Ferro Pavilion

May 7, 2022 AU Undergraduate Commencement, Noon, Quadrangle

May 8, 2022 AU Graduate Commencement, Noon, Quadrangle

May 9–28, 2022 May Term

May 9–July 2, 2022 Summer Module I

May 30–July 2, 2022 Summer Term I

May 30–August 6, 2022 Summer 10-week Term
What we're reading

Aurora University celebrates Honors Convocation every spring
Recently, members of the university community gathered in Crimi Auditorium for Honors Convocation, an occasion to celebrate the accomplishments of the members of the Class of 2022 and to recognize those who have achieved academic excellence, provided leadership both on and off campus, and served the community in a noteworthy way. This year's ceremony can be viewed here.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources and Updates

The university continues to provide coronavirus (COVID-19) updates online. The webpage also includes links to FAQs, additional resources, and CARES Act Reporting information.

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