On Commencement day, May 9, more than 700 students walked across the stage of the Auditorium Theatre to receive their degrees. We celebrated each student’s success, drive and purpose. In so many ways, the class of 2015 has already had an impact. Here are just a few of their stories; click on their names to read more:
Lucas Coker completed his bachelor’s degree program despite having stage 4 colon cancer and now works as a rape crisis counselor for Rape Victim Advocates. As a commencement speaker, he encouraged students to keep their resolve no matter life’s challenges.
Amelia Enberg brought Relay for Life to the University, raising more than $10,000 for cancer patients, and volunteered with low-income preschoolers.
Alisha Fuller returned to school after more than two decades in the workforce and is determined to make life better for people in poor and violent areas of the city.
Joel Jacobson uses a wheelchair and cannot speak without technological assistance. Even so, he has spent the last 10 years pursuing his bachelor’s degree at Roosevelt and inspiring his professors and classmates with his spirit—and nearly perfect GPA.
Dusan Koleno took a sustainability studies class about waste and consumption and was inspired to do something to help the planet. So the computer science major developed an app to help people and businesses track their consumption and recycle.
Rodney Wilson wants to teach young people how to live productive and happy lives. He started his Roosevelt degree more than 20 years ago while he was in prison; he’s now a married father of four and a college graduate.
See the best moments from our spring 2015 Commencement ceremonies on Storify.