Over 2,500 students received their degrees from Northern Illinois University in May. Included among the graduates were the following area students:

Victoria Gaston of Germantown Hills, Bachelor of Science – Marketing; Marta Pucci of Germantown Hills, Bachelor of Science -- Operations and Information Management; Samantha Morgan of Metamora, Bachelor of Science -- Health Sciences, Pre-Physical Therapy; Maxwell Everhart of Washington, Bachelor of Science – Marketing; Brieana Myrick, Bachelor of Fine Arts -- Art Studio and Design, Design and Media Arts; and Luke Strong, Bachelor of Science – Marketing.

Northern Illinois University is a student-centered, nationally recognized public research university, with expertise that benefits its region and spans the globe in a wide variety of fields, including the sciences, humanities, arts, business, engineering, education, health and law. Through its main campus in DeKalb, Illinois, and education centers for students and working professionals in Chicago, Hoffman Estates, Naperville, Oregon and Rockford, NIU offers more than 100 courses of study while serving a diverse and international student body of about 19,000. The 17 NIU Huskie athletic teams compete in the Mid-American Conference at the highest NCAA Division I level. For more information, visit www.niu.edu.