Interdisciplinary Studies major Bob Dwyer

Friday, May 3, 2019

Northeastern Illinois University’s Commencement ceremony is almost here! Read about a record-setting graduate who has drawn national attention for earning his degree and much more in this week’s Noteworthy at Northeastern.

Around the Commons

Graduating at 90

Proving that it’s never too late to earn your degree, Bob Dwyer will become Northeastern’s oldest graduate on record when he crosses the stage at Commencement at the age of 90. The Interdisciplinary Studies major’s accomplishment has drawn news coverage from the Chicago Tribune, WBBM Newsradio, ABC7 and Fox 32 Chicago. “I have no regrets,” Dwyer told the Tribune. “Basically, education is always a plus and we can never have too much of it.”

Students look at a Justice Studies poster display in Village Square

Human rights exhibit

Justice Studies students who used what they learned about human rights issues this semester and worked either individually or in groups to create a research or action project, educating the University community about their chosen issue. The students displayed their projects in Village Square for three days.

In the media

Promoting the Carruthers Center

Jacob H. Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies Director Andrea Evans joined Chief of Staff Mike Dizon for the latest Northeastern appearance on CAN TV to discuss the Bronzeville location. President Gloria J. Gibson, Executive Director of Financial Aid, Scholarships and Student Employment Maureen Amos and Director of Undergraduate Admissions LaMont Vaughn have also joined Dizon on recent editions of the series.

Also in the media ...

  • The Chicago Reporter reported that alumnus Matthew Kiefer (B.S. ’06 English) will participate in the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowship program at Stanford University to explore technology applications in the area of open records laws to monitor civil and human rights.
  • The Dallas Observer published a feature story about alumna Ilknur Ozgur (M.A. ’07 Communication, Media and Theatre), who co-founded an experimental performance company called Artstillery.
  • WTTW’s “Chicago Tonight” invited Economics Professor Emeritus Edward Stuart to discuss Social Security.

To do

Coming next week!


A male graduate wearing blue cap and gown takes a selfie at Commencement


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