50th Master’s Commencement Ceremony and Graduation Celebration

May 11, 2017

At Erikson’s 50th commencement ceremony, 73 graduates will receive their master’s degrees in child development, social work, or early childhood education, and one will receive a doctoral degree in child development.

Honorary doctorates will be announced at a later date.

Members of the Board of Trustees and faculty should RSVP to Stacy Branch at sbranch@erikson.edu or (312) 893-7153 by April 14. Graduating students need not RSVP, but their guests must have tickets to enter the ceremony.

If a graduate or any of her/his guests needs special accommodations, please contact Stacy Branch at sbranch@erikson.edu no later than April 26.

  • Date: Thursday, May 11, 2017
  • Time: 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm
  • Contact:Enrollment Management, (312) 755-2250
  • Venue: The Field Museum, James Simpson Theatre
  • Address: 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL, United State



The Field Museum
James Simpson Theatre

1400 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, Illinois
See the directions provided by The Field Museum »

Parking is available at Soldier Field North Parking Garage for $22 if you enter the garage before 5:00 p.m.

Enter from Museum Campus Drive.

Honorary Degree Recipients

Gigi Pritzker

Madison Wells Media

Gigi Pritzker is an accomplished film producer, stage producer, and businesswoman. She also is a philanthropist committed to enhancing educational opportunities, preventing violence, and supporting the arts and cultural amenities.

As the president and a trustee of the Pritzker Pucker Family Foundation, she supports many initiatives in Chicago and beyond that make a positive impact on the quality of life for families and communities. She holds a position on the Sundance Institute Board of Trustees, is the founder and vice chair of Project&, serves as a member of the Board of the Goodman Theatre of Chicago, and is on the advisory board of the Harold Ramis Film School.

Pritzker is the founder of diversified content company Madison Wells Media, which produces and distributes premium content including film, television, VR/AR content, live events, and digital video through its subsidiary businesses.

In 2001, she founded OddLot Entertainment, which has produced the feature films “Rabbit Hole,” “The Way, Way Back,” “Drive,” “Ender’s Game,” “Rosewater,” “Landline,” and “Hell or High Water,” a 2017 Academy Award® nominee for Best Picture. Pritzker also develops and produces live stage productions through Relevant Entertainment, including the Tony Award®-winning musical “Million Dollar Quartet.” She most recently launched immersive media company Reality One in 2015.

In addition to her business work, she sits on the Board of STX Entertainment and is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Pritzker studied anthropology at Stanford University. Living in Nepal for a year as an undergraduate student led her to producing her first documentary feature in Bhutan with the BBC and kick-started her long and successful career in the motion picture business.

She lives in Chicago and is a wife and mother of three.

Cynthia García Coll

Professor, Clinical Psychology PhD Program
Associate Director, Institutional Center of Scientific Research
Albizu University, San Juan, Puerto Rico

As a researcher and psychologist, Cynthia García Coll, PhD, has shaped the knowledge around how children who are part of minority populations develop.

At Albizu University in San Juan, Puerto Rico, she worked to establish the university’s Institutional Center for Scientific Research, which supports research eorts and disseminates new findings. She currently serves as the center’s associate director.

Prior to joining Albizu University, she was the Charles Pitts Robinson and John Palmer Barstow Professor at Brown University. Throughout her career, her research has focused on the interplay of sociocultural and biological influences on child development, with particular emphasis on at-risk and minority populations.

Dr. García Coll received her PhD in personality and developmental psychology from Harvard University. She also has served on the editorial boards of leading academic journals, including tenures as senior editor of two top journals in her field, “Child Development” and “Developmental Psychology.”

She is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and has received awards from Tufts University, Brown University, the Society for Research on Developmental Pediatrics, the Association of Psychologists of Puerto Rico, and the Society for Research in Child Development (SRDC). She has been on the governing boards of SRCD, the Society for the Study of Human Development, and the Foundation for Child Development, and she has served as a member and chair of the scholars program at the William T. Grant Foundation. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, McArthur Foundation, William T. Grant Foundation, and Spencer Foundation. She has three children and one grandchild.

Itinerary for Graduates and Guests

  • 2:00 p.m. Graduates arrive at The Field Museum
  • 2:00–3:00 p.m. Graduates don robes and line up
  • 2:00 p.m. Guests may take their seats
  • 3:30 p.m. Commencement ceremony in the James Simpson Theatre
  • 5:30-6:30 p.m. Reception in the East Atrium and Pavilion

For more information, call Erikson at (312) 755-2250.