MUM Graduation June 2019

Graduation is surely the highlight of the school year for colleges and universities, and that’s certainly the case at Maharishi University of Management.

On June 22, we graduated a record 592 students, representing 53 countries around the world. This number included 389 students from our Computer Professionals program, who graduated with master’s degrees in computer science, as well as 55 students at the Maharishi Invincibility Institute in Johannesburg, South Africa (, where students received MUM BA degrees in business and MBAs.

The country with the largest number of graduates was Nepal, with 126, followed by the U.S., with 102, and Ethiopia, with 59.

The commencement address was given by Nakisha Hobbs, who co-founded and directs the Village Leadership Academy in Chicago, a kindergarten through 8th-grade school with 700 students, whose focus is to transform urban youth into global leaders. Its innovative curriculum includes the Transcendental Meditation technique. Ms. Hobbs is also associate director of the Office of Early Childhood Development in the Illinois Department of Human Services, where she oversees a $1.3 billion budget. She was awarded an MUM honorary doctoral degree in education for her lifelong service and ground-breaking contributions in the field of education.

The valedictorian and salutatorian addresses were given, respectively, by Dylene Cymraes and Margaret Ventsias who followed parallel tracks: they have been best friends for 25 years, came to MUM one year apart, and are now related by family ties — Dylene’s son is married to Maggie’s daughter.

Chris and Laura Wege were awarded honorary Doctor of World Peace degrees from MUM for their lifetimes of public service and contributions to education.

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