SXU graduates three sets of twins
Close-knit siblings earn their degrees from the Graham School of Management
Chicago (May 25, 2007) – Audience members might have thought they were seeing double at Saint Xavier University’s Spring Commencement ceremonies at the Shannon Center on Saturday. Three sets of identical twins crossed the stage to collect their diplomas from the Graham School of Management.
Christopher and Kenneth McCormick, of Frankfort, have both played four years on the SXU men’s basketball team. Christopher, who played guard, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and intends to pursue his master’s in order to become a certified public accountant. Kenneth, who also played guard, graduated with his bachelor’s degree in marketing and finance. He will also pursue graduate work next year.
Ross and Ryan Brady, of Orland Park, both graduated with bachelor’s degrees in marketing after taking most of their classes at Saint Xavier’s Orland Park campus. Ross and Ryan currently work at different Founders Bank locations where they hope to pursue marketing positions.
Marie and Nicole Barker, of Chicago Heights, have played softball together since the second grade and most recently played center and right field respectively for the Saint Xavier Cougars. Marie’s undergraduate degree at Saint Xavier was in marketing. She intends to go into sports communications. Nicole focused on accounting and intends to continue at Saint Xavier to receive her master’s degree before going on to become a certified public accountant. Do they ever get on each other’s nerves spending so much time together? Not at all.
“We’re best friends,” Marie said.
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Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1846, Saint Xavier University was the first Mercy college in the United States and is Chicago’s oldest Catholic university. Serving approximately 5,700 students at its campuses in Chicago, Orland Park and its Loop location, the University offers 35 undergraduate majors; more than 40 graduate program options in arts and sciences, business, education and nursing; and a variety of program options in continuing and professional studies. Recognizing Saint Xavier’s excellence in education, U.S. News and World Report has ranked SXU consistently among the Best Colleges in the Midwest.