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In the news: Illinois College graduates 221 students


Under partly sunny skies, Illinois College conferred degrees on 221 graduates Sunday afternoon on the college’s historic upper quadrangle.

Among that number were the first 13 students to graduate from IC’s master of arts in education program.

Erica Helmich, kindergarten teacher at Murrayville-Woodson Elementary School, was one of those who earned a master’s degree in education. She said she already has applied in her classroom many of the ideas and techniques she learned through the master’s program.

“I feel my degree has already helped me in my career, by having more current and up-to-date information about the education field,” Helmich said. “The wide range of teaching experiences and grade levels represented in my master’s classes afforded me the opportunity to use what I learned in my classroom this year.”

Brianne Gerecke, math teacher at Pittsfield High School, said she also benefited from the master’s in education program at IC.

“The courses have challenged me to continuously analyze my own teaching practices and procedures,” she said. “This has definitely made a difference in my classroom and to my students on a daily basis.”
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About Illinois College

Founded in 1829, Illinois College is a residential liberal arts college fostering academic excellence rooted in opportunities for experiential learning while preparing students for lifelong success. The college is located in Jacksonville, Ill. With an enrollment of about 1,000 students, the college offers over 50 undergraduate programs and a Master of Arts in Education degree program. In 1932 the society of Phi Beta Kappa established a chapter at Illinois College, and it remains one of only 11 in the state.

Illinois College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

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