American College of Education to Feature Wendi Dwyer as Keynote Speaker at Summer Commencement

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American College of Education’s summer commencement will be Saturday, July 19 in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois, featuring Wendi Dwyer, executive director of Lost Boys Rebuilding Southern Sudan, as keynote speaker.

Wendi Dwyer, Keynote Speaker

We know Wendi will inspire our graduates, who are global leaders in education with unlimited potential for raising education standards throughout the world.

American College of Education, a leading provider of online graduate programs for educators, will hold its 2014 Summer Commencement on Saturday, July 19, at the Drury Lane Theatre and Conference Center in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois. The college offers advanced degrees for educators and confers about 1,800 Master of Education degrees each year.

Literacy advocate Wendi Dwyer will deliver the commencement address on the theme, Promoting Literacy Around the World. Dwyer is the executive director of Lost Boys Rebuilding Southern Sudan (LBRSS), a non-profit organization striving to raise the literacy rate in South Sudan. Currently, only 1 in 10 women and 3 out of 10 men in the region can read, which is the lowest literacy rate in the world.

“We know Wendi will inspire our graduates, who are global leaders in education with unlimited potential for raising education standards throughout the world,” said Shawntel Landry, interim president and provost for American College of Education. “We are honored to have Wendi deliver the commencement address. Sharing her experiences to help educate leaders and teachers in other countries, such as South Sudan, will motivate all of us to increase our own efforts wherever we may teach.”

In 2012, Dwyer developed a program to reach South Sudanese women, who spend the majority of their day waiting for water at wells. This program, Literacy at the Well, brings literacy lessons to these women, who then bring the lessons they learn home to their families and neighbors.

“When a woman can read, she will lead her family, community and nation to a more healthy, equitable and peaceful future,” said Dwyer. Literacy at the Well now serves women at well sites throughout South Sudan. She added that by learning to read, these women are becoming equipped and empowered to participate in the development of their new nation.

One of the founding principles at American College of Education is to improve the quality of education throughout the world. “Wendi embodies this quality, and we are privileged to have her demonstrate the power that educators have to change the world for the better,” added Landry. The college offers Master of Education degree programs for teachers and other education professionals in addition to certificates, paths to licensure and doctoral level programs. The college is known for high academic standards, innovative programs and quality student support.

The commencement ceremony begins at 1:00 p.m. and will be followed by a reception honoring the graduates. To learn more, please visit

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