Northwestern Confers 181 Degrees in December Commencement Ceremony

By Kelly Larson on Tuesday, December 20, 2022

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The University of Northwestern – St. Paul (UNW) conferred 181 degrees on Friday, December 16, as undergraduate, adult undergraduate, and graduate students walked across the John Lord and Beverly Knight Performance Hall stage to receive a diploma in recognition of their countless hours of study, research, collaboration, and application.

These graduates earned a total of 181 degrees, including 146 bachelor’s, 31 master’s, and 4 certificate or associate of arts diplomas. Of the diplomas awarded, Northwestern conferred the majority of bachelor’s degrees to those in the School of Nursing (27), the School of Business (23), the School of Theology & Ministry (11), and the Department of Biology & Biochemistry (11). Graduates will be employed by organizations like the Internal Revenue Service, Mayo Clinic, U.S. Bank, Travelers Insurance, Allianz Life, and more. Others will continue on to graduate school or take positions abroad.

The ceremony included remarks from President Dr. Corbin Hoornbeek, Provost Dr. Janet Sommers, and multiple faculty members, graduates, as well as a hymn led by Richard Lawrence Joseph, Assistant Professor of Music.

Dr. Margaret Diddams, editor of Christian Scholar’s Review, and a member of the Northwestern Board of Trustees was the featured commencement speaker. Christian Scholar’s Review is the leading journal exploring the intersection of Christian faith and academic scholarship. Dr. Diddams is the former provost and chief academic officer for Wheaton College, where she continues to be a Faith and Learning fellow, teaching courses on spiritual leadership and character.

The commencement event video is available for viewing. The ceremony begins at the 42:00 mark.


University of Northwestern – St. Paul (UNW) is a nondenominational Christian university in St. Paul, Minn. With a biblical worldview integrated into all programs, UNW provides a unique educational experience for students who want to combine faith and education. Northwestern offers 65+ areas of undergraduate study, five master’s degrees, and online and early college programs. Northwestern Media, a ministry of the university, owns and operates 29 Christian radio stations throughout the Midwest with a total listenership of more than 1.5 million listeners. Visit unwsp.edu for more information.