e-Partnerships Parent Newsletter

May 2015


From the President

Dear Parents,

Last weekend I had the privilege of giving diplomas to over 720 Graduate and Undergraduate students,Philip Ryken, President of Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL including our son Josh.  Commencement from a program of higher education is a significant life milestone for both students and parents.  We welcome our newest alumni from the Class of 2015 as they head out for new jobs, internships, further education, and in some cases marriage.

During the weekend we heard from 1968 Wheaton College graduate, Rear Admiral Timothy Ziemer, Wheaton’s 2015 Alumnus of the Year for Distinguished Service to Society.  Following a long and distinguished career with the US Navy, Tim was appointed Executive Director of World Relief, and now serves as Coordinator of the President’s Malaria Initiative.  Admiral Ziemer referred in his award ceremony to the value of his Wheaton education, and to the importance of relationships with faculty, coaches, and classmates in shaping his life calling. 

We pray that, like Admiral Ziemer, every one of Wheaton’s newest graduates will use their Wheaton education to advance the Kingdom of Jesus Christ.

In Christ's Service,

Philip G. Ryken
Wheaton College


Commencement Weekend Memories

Congratulations to the parents of our new class of 2015 alumni!  Check out some favorite2012 Undergraduate Commencement memories from this year's graduating class, as well as footage from the Baccalaureate Service and Commencement ceremony.  DVD keepsakes of both the Baccalaureate service and the Commencement service are available for purchase through the Wheaton Bookstore.  We pray God's richest blessings for you and your student on this occasion.


Attention Parents of Continuing Students

Students returning for the 2015-16 academic year will need to reapply for financial aid. If you have not already done so, please complete the FAFSA and our Wheaton Financial Aid application and submit all other requested documents as soon as possible. Our office will begin posting 2015-16 financial aid awards to student portals in late May, so don’t delay!  Please contact the Financial Aid Office (finaid@wheaton.edu) with any questions.


Career Resources for Summer

Congratulations! Whether you have a graduate in your home or a student who just finished another yearConnection Faculty Mixer in their undergraduate experience, you have much to be proud of.

If your student is still unsure of their summer plans, the Center for Vocation and Career will be open all summer. In-person appointments, phone conversations, and e-mail correspondence are all ways we can assist your student. We still have companies contacting us looking for summer interns, and for those graduates who have yet to plant their feet somewhere post-graduation, we have employers who want them.

Our on-line job board, ThunderLink, is a great resource for students and graduates alike, especially those in the Chicagoland area. Both part-time and full-time positions as well as a wealth of internships can be found on ThunderLinkWheaton in Network is also a great way for current students and graduates to connect with Wheaton alumni with the same geographic location, major, and similar co-curricular activities for purposes of career exploration and mentoring.

The Center for Vocation and Career is excited to partner with you to provide your student with the resources they need to make this a great summer full of learning, exploration, and an opportunity to further develop their skills and interests in service of Christ's kingdom.


Wheaton Graduate School

Congratulations, Wheaton parents, on your graduating senior student. The Wheaton College GraduateGraduate School-2015 School offers ways for your student to continue their education at Wheaton. With evening courses and modular formats, your Wheaton student can earn a master’s degree while they work. With training from our experienced faculty, your Wheaton student will grow spiritually and professionally in a variety of careers, such as church, corporate, or professional settings. We invite your Wheaton graduate to find out how they can advance their future careers through flexible degree options, offered through the following programs: 

  • Biblical Studies
  • Evangelism and Leadership
  • Intercultural Studies
  • Missional Church Movements
  • Outdoor and Adventure Leadership

Please contact graduate.admissions@wheaton.edu or call 630.752.5933 to learn more.


Wheaton Fund Helps Launch Senior Class

This month, the senior class walked across Edman stage and became distinguished alumni members of2012 Undergraduate Commencement the Class of 2015. They now 'commence' jobs, further studies, ministries, and marriages as they apply what they’ve learned at Wheaton in service to Christ’s greater kingdom.

More than half of all Wheaton undergraduates rely on need-based financial aid. Your gifts to the Wheaton Fund help provide this aid. Thank you for the part you played in getting the Class of 2015 to graduation.  You can continue to help ensure that our incoming sophomores, juniors, and seniors, as well as next year’s freshmen, have access to the same vital resources when you make a gift to the Wheaton Fund by June 30, 2015.


Student Health Services

Student Health Services (SHS) is open during the summer. The administrative team is availablestudent health to assist students with any questions they might have related to medical record entrance requirements or insurance, and medical staff are available on a limited basis. SHS is a primary health care clinic for active students and their spouses to use. Our fees are minimal and many services are partly covered by insurance. Students can walk in during open clinic hours and be seen by a nurse for free.



The 2014-15 school year was a successful campaign for Wheaton Athletics, with seven conference championships – a school history tie for the most championships in one year.

With 24 wins, the Wheaton softball team set a school-record for wins in a single-season, while junior Katie Thornton was named the CCIW Player of the Year. Head coach Katie East and her staff were selected as the 2015 CCIW Coaching Staff of the Year, and a total of six players earned All-CCIW honors. Thornton and Alyssa Leonard each earned All-Region recognition.

With 14 wins, the Thunder baseball team set a new program high for CCIW wins in a season and earned the number-two seed in the CCIW Tournament. Head coach Matt Husted was named the CCIW Coach of the Year as five players earned All-CCIW accolades.

Do you know a young person who would enjoy coaching and character development from members of Wheaton’s coaching staff? Thunder summer camps in five sports (basketball, volleyball, tennis, wrestling, and soccer) begin this June. For more information visit the Wheaton camps website.

For additional up-to-date news and results on all of Wheaton’s varsity teams, including other programs from the fall and winter seasons, visit the Wheaton Athletics Website. You can also follow Thunder Athletics on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, or sign up for our text-message service that will send scores and results directly to your phone; fans can also sign up for our weekly athletics newsletter.

For more information on Wheaton’s 10 club sports please visit the club sports website


How can you pray for Wheaton this month? 

• Pray for new alumni in the undergraduate and graduate schools. Pray that God willPhoto by Amanda Azadian '15 confirm his goodness in their lives during their years at Wheaton and that they will continue to trust his goodness as they discern next steps.
• Pray for students who are studying or serving internationally this summer.
• Pray for faculty and administrators who are enjoying time in and out of the office this summer, many of them completing books and articles or accompanying students in international study or service.


With thanks for a great year.

The Wheaton College Parent Engagement teamWestgate

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