LINCOLN, Neb. (May 13, 2024) – Nebraska Wesleyan University conferred almost 400 degrees to students during its 135th commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 4.

“The Class of 2024 holds a special place in my heart, beginning their college journey amidst the challenges of a pandemic,” says Darrin Good, president of NWU. “From wearing masks to virtual classes and gatherings, they navigated challenges with patience and perseverance as life eventually returned to normal. These students are a testament to resilience and achievement.”

Jason Ball (’00), president and CEO of the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce and Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development, delivered this year’s address. He also received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree.

NWU presented Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters to both Judith (Trimble) Maurer (’69) (originally of Gothenburg, Neb.) and Keith Mauer (’69) (originally of Humphrey, Neb.). Keith is a founding member of the President’s Board of Advisors. He also served on the Board of Trustees from 1989-1999 and on the Board of Governors from 1983-1985.

Judith served on the Board of Governors twice, from 1973-1978 and again from 2009-2018, including a three-year term as chair from 2013-2016.

The university honored two retirees. Jeanette Milius, Ph.D., associate professor of accounting and Tami Thompson, Ph.D., associate professor of business administration, is retiring after 21 years with NWU.


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Nebraska Wesleyan University – Final Walk