Parent Newsletter

Spring Commencement Set for May 15
May Commencement is Saturday, May 15, at the Qwest Center Omaha arena. The ceremony for students in Arts and Sciences, College of Business, EMS Education, Law and Graduate School begins at 9:30 a.m. The ceremony for students in Nursing, Pharmacy and Health Professions, Dentistry and Medicine begins at 1:30 p.m. Graduation Brunch will be held Friday, May 14, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., in the Skutt Student Center, with Baccalaureate Mass to follow at 3 p.m. in D.J. Sokol Arena at the Wayne and Eileen Ryan Athletic Center. More.

Summer, Fall Registration Begins in April
Registration for Fall 2010 courses and Summer Sessions begins in April. Registration for undergraduate students is as follows: entering seniors, April 7 and 8; juniors, April 9, 12, 13; and sophomores, April 14, 15, 16. Registration is conducted online through the student's NEST account. Each student receives registration materials, including a specific appointment time for completing registration. Students who have completed registration can view their schedules at any time online. Learn more about Summer Sessions 2010 here.

Student Aid Deadline
Reminder: To be considered for the maximum amount of need-based scholarship and financial aid (Creighton, federal, state and private), processed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) forms should be filed with Creighton by April 1. FAFSA results received after April 1 will be considered as funding allows. More on applying for aid.

Career-Building Advice for Students
As summer approaches, Jim Bretl (right), director of Creighton's Career Center, discusses some career-building steps students should be taking, especially underclassmen. For most, a visit to the Career Center is in order. View a short video.

Summer, Fall Course Schedules Online
The Fall 2010 and Summer 2010 course schedules are now available online at the Registrar's website. Students: Can you make it from Gallagher to Harper in five minutes? Students with questions like this or needing assistance are encouraged to contact the Registrar's Office at 402.280.4019.

Students Serve Others During Spring Break
A total of 186 students traveled to 24 sites around the country performing community service as part of Creighton University's 28th annual Spring Break Service Trips, March 8-12. The program is sponsored by the Creighton Center for Service and Justice (CCSJ). Service efforts varied from helping children and adults learn English as a second language to working in health clinics for the uninsured to living with and serving the homeless.

Academic Help Available for Students
Does your student need help with time management? Study skills? A particular academic subject? Encourage them to visit Creighton's Center for Student Success and Retention inside the Harper Center, which provides free tutoring services and other academic support offerings to students.

Moglia to Headline Leadership Conversations
Joe Moglia, chairman and former CEO of TD Ameritrade, will be the next guest lecturer for Creighton University's Leadership Conversations on April 13. The Leadership Conversations series, sponsored by Creighton's College of Business, features in-depth discussions that explore the essence of business and personal leadership. This year's event will be held in the Hixson-Lied Auditorium in the Harper Center. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and the conversation begins at 5 p.m.

New Leadership Programming Offered
Creighton's Student Activities Office has rolled out some great new leadership programming for students. Check out our Emerging Leaders Programs, a series of programs geared toward sophomores and juniors.

All Students Benefit from Giving at Creighton
Every year, thousands of sustaining gifts from alumni, parents and friends make a direct impact on every student's experience at Creighton. Now more than ever, the University relies on current-use funds to address the most pressing needs of today's students and faculty. Sustaining gifts provide support for scholarships, financial assistance, academic programs, student research opportunities and faculty initiatives that are critical in fueling the Creighton experience. No other university of its size offers students such a rich, sophisticated academic environment coupled with personal attention from faculty members. Creighton remains a leader among the nation's Catholic universities because of the generosity of parents like you.

Every gift - every year - makes an impact on every student. Please give generously and invest in Creighton's mission, Creighton's students and Creighton's bright future.

Creighton Named to Service Honor Roll
Creighton University has been named to the 2009 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, student service learning and civic engagement. Read more.

Five Students Honored for Research
Creighton University medical and graduate students walked away with five of 16 awards presented at the 41st Annual Midwest Student Biomedical Research Forum on Feb. 20. Read more.

Students and the Census
Creighton University's Department of Residence Life will work with the U.S. Census Bureau to take an accounting of every student who lives on campus. Parents should not claim their college children living away from home on their personal census. The census considers where the student lives the majority of the time as of April 1. Students who live on campus nine months out of the year will complete their census through Residence Life. Questions? E-mail Residence Life at or call 402.280.3900.

Send Us a Note
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Calendar of Events

April 1
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) due for priority consideration; Holy Thursday, EASTER BREAK begins, classes suspended beginning at 5 p.m.
April 2
Good Friday, University closed
April 4
Easter Sunday
April 5 Easter Monday, classes resume at 5 p.m.
April 7
Summer and Fall 2010 registration begins
April 10
Sixth Annual All Nations Pow-Wow at Creighton
April 13
Leadership Conversations featuring Joe Moglia
April 16
Diversity Retreat
April 19
Spring Fling Week begins
April 21
Honors Day (undergraduate honors students present posters or oral presentations on research/scholarship projects)
April 29
"Ready for Not-So-Dead-Week?" study session from 7-9 p.m. in the Skutt Student Center Ballroom
May 3
Final semester exams begin
May 8
Final semester exams end; last day of required attendance of second semester, except for candidates for degrees
May 10
Senior Retreat, two-day retreat at the Creighton Retreat Center
May 14 Baccalaureate Mass
May 15
May Commencement
May 17 Summer May session begins
May 31 Memorial Day, no classes