Lincoln College Holds First Hooding Ceremony for Graduate Students

Lincoln College Holds First Hooding Ceremony for Graduate Students

December 10, 2021

Lincoln College will hold its first Hooding Ceremony for graduate students Friday, December 10. The formal event marks the first time since 1919 Lincoln College has honored master’s degree candidates.


Sixteen students from the graduating cohort will be hooded for their completion of the Master of Science in Organizational Leadership or Master of Business Administration degrees at the Johnston Center for Performing Arts at 5:00 p.m. The ceremony is open to the public. Face coverings are required for admittance.


The institution announced the return of master’s degree options in 2019 as part of ongoing efforts to return to its roots as Lincoln University. Lincoln College was chartered as Lincoln University and offered baccalaureate and master’s degrees from 1865-1919. Since 2015, the institution expanded its degree offerings, transitioned to four-year athletics competing in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), remained committed to affordability via the price match guarantee, and most recently, announced in-demand online programs.


“Degrees in Business and Organizational Leadership provide a wide range of career opportunities, preparing Lincoln College students for success post-graduation,” said David Gerlach, president of Lincoln College.  


Lincoln College’s Master of Business Administration degree prepares effective leaders in managing organizational resources, and to function in a socially responsible manner in a diverse, multicultural business environment. The program culminates in a final strategic management capstone portfolio project focused on a real-world organizational problem. A stand-alone degree format is available to students, and a 4+1 format for current Lincoln College business students working toward a bachelor’s degree is also available.


The 4+1 format, Gerlach explained, enables students to complete one year of graduate studies, saving students significant money. With Lincoln College already the most affordable private college in Illinois comparable to public four-year colleges, the 4+1 option further enhances the value proposition for students.


Lincoln College’s Master of Science in Organizational Leadership is designed to evaluate and analyze the complex understandings of leadership and organization, strategic decision making, leading change in an organization, motivating employees, and advancing culture within an organization. Students develop the skills associated with these themes and cultivate interpersonal skills central to effective leadership across a range of organizations and disciplines. The curriculum culminates in an action-research thesis with implementable recommendations in a realistic organizational setting.

Classes are offered in an 8-week accelerated hybrid format with one night a week face-to-face and online components that provide convenience and flexibility for working adults. Lincoln College will offer fully online graduate programs beginning in Fall 2022.

“The entire Lincoln College community shares in congratulating the newest cohort of master’s degree candidates and look forward with anticipation to the 2022 Commencement Ceremony next May,” added Gerlach.


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