These photos and videos capture graduation week excitement

May 16, 2024
Graduate Martina Lolli celebrates with champage
Graduate Martina Lolli celebrates with champage

Graduation week at Newman University is a lively time filled with special moments for graduates, families and the campus community.

Here’s a glance back at memories made in the form of photos, videos and stories at Newman University.

Newman University honors Master of Social Work graduates with pinning

On May 2, Newman University’s Master of Social Work program held its annual pinning ceremony at the Dugan Gorges Conference Center, marking a significant milestone for the graduating students.

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Once students, now nurses: 2024 pinning ceremony

Seventeen graduates received their ceremonial nursing pins Thursday, May 9, marking the transition from student to professional nurse.

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Video: Nurse pinning ceremony 2024

Making the most of the ‘little while’: Wisdom from Newman’s 2024 Baccalaureate Mass

One Newman University tradition during graduation week is the celebration of its annual Baccalaureate Mass. As in previous years, the Mass was held on campus in St. John’s Chapel the night before spring commencement.

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Video: Bishop Carl Kemme Homily
Video: Hope Strickbine reflection
Video: John Suffield reflection

A perfect time for a proposal: Newman grads find love

For two recent Newman University graduates, St. John’s Chapel will always play a special role in their college love story.

Not only was it a frequented place of prayer for the student couple John Suffield and Hadassah Umbarger, but it was also where Suffield popped the question following Baccalaureate Mass on May 9.

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Video: John Suffield and Hadassah Umbarger engagement video

President’s reception

Each year, graduates and their families and friends are invited to celebrate the night before graduation with refreshments and fellowship — and of course, President Kathleen Jagger.

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Bright future in store for the Newman class of 2024

Newman University celebrated its 107th commencement ceremony with a graduating class of 337 students on Friday, May 10, at Hartman Arena in Wichita.

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Video: Day in the Life (graduation style) with Martina Lolli
Video: Commencement 2024 highlights
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Video: 2024 Full Commencement Ceremony

A captivating commencement speech from Father Tom Welk

Father Tom Welk gifted the graduating class of Newman University with valuable advice during his 2024 commencement address May 10.

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Video: 2024 Commencement Address from Father Tom Welk

A new voice at commencement: Sonja Bontrager

Along with many graduates of Newman’s class of 2024 celebrating their first in-person commencement ceremony, one professor was also celebrating a first.

Sonja Bontrager, professor of Spanish, had the honor of announcing the students’ names as they walked across the stage to accept their diplomas. This was the first time she had that responsibility.

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Sonja Bontrager announces the names of graduates at the 2024 commencement ceremony.
Sonja Bontrager announces the names of graduates at the 2024 commencement ceremony.

ASC sister graduates with master’s in social work

In less than five years, Sister Bo Hui Kang, ASC, converted to Catholicism, took her final vows as an Adorer of the Blood of Christ, moved more than 6,500 miles to Wichita and graduated with her master’s in social work from Newman University.

For Kang, this is only the beginning of her story.

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Sister Bo Hui Kang at Newman University's spring commencement ceremony
Sister Bo Hui Kang at Newman University’s spring commencement ceremony

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