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Honorary Degree Recipients

At its 144th Commencement on May 30, 2015, Elmhurst College will confer honorary doctoral degrees on three people whose commitments and achievements embody the College’s mission, vision and core values.

The 2015 honorary degree recipients are:

Dr. Craig Dykstra
Nationally-known and esteemed theologian, author and educator at Duke Divinity School. Former senior vice president for religion at the Lilly Endowment.

Chris Ryan ’82 (Nursing)
Elmhurst College alumna and nationally-known CEO of The Women’s Hospital (Indiana), part of the Deaconess Health System. Ryan has an extensive record of civic engagement on non-profit health services boards. In 2011, Ryan was named one of the Top 52 Women Hospital and Healthcare Leaders.

Bobby Shew
Renowned trumpeter, teacher, writer, recording artist and frequent guest performer at the College’s Jazz Festival. Shew has been helping Elmhurst College music students master their craft since 1986.

Chris Ryan will deliver the commencement address.

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