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They did it.

Whatever path it took, they took it—and owned it. 

They're diverse, young, old, strong, proud and eager to take on what's next. They are NIU's Spring 2018 graduates.

Our graduates have so many stories to tell. Stories of struggles and successes. Stories of hard work and dedication. Stories to be celebrated.

We offer a glimpse into the lives of 10 of our graduates—each headed on their own unique journeys, but all proud of what they accomplished here at NIU.

From the memories they made to the wisdom they gained, these are their stories.

Giuseppe LaGioia

Giuseppe LaGioia of Plainfield
Bachelor's degree in Management with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship

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Ayesha Feroz

Ayesha Feroz of Lombard 
Bachelor's degree in Political Science

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Edith Covarrubias

Edith Covarrubias of Mendota
Bachelor's degree in Anthropology

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Juisell Lewis

Juisell Lewis of Oak Park
Master's degree in Public Administration

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Zachary Cipra

Zachary Cipra of Downers Grove
Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering

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George Paasewe

George Paasewe of Milwaukee, WI
Master's degree in Adult and Higher Education

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Amelia Harlovic

Amelia Harlovic of Lemont
Bachelor's degree in Vocal Performance

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Samantha Maniago

Samantha Maniago of South Elgin
Bachelor's degree in Health and Human Sciences with a Pre-Physical Therapy emphasis

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Muhammad Adib Uz Zaman

Muhammad Adib Uz Zaman of Bangladesh
Master's degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering

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Candy Rosales

Candy Rosales of Chicago
Bachelor's degree in Sociology with certificates in Criminology and Social Entrepreneurship

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