Congratulations to the Class of 2013
The College of Arts & Sciences congratulates its graduating class of 2013. Four years ago, our students embarked on an education that supported individual efforts to think beyond the standard formula for success and to embrace a dynamic worldview. Our Jesuit foundation of civic participation, social justice, and transformative education has truly prepared our graduating students for the challenges to come as they finesse the social, cultural, political, and professional landscapes that form our global society. We are genuinely proud of our students’ academic accomplishments. As a way to honor our graduates, we have invited keynote speakers that underscore Loyola’s commitment to higher education learning. Our speakers include:
Arts Ceremony: Friday, May 10, 10 a.m.
Luis Alberto Urrea is an award-winning author and member of the Latino Literature Hall of Fame. Born in Tijuana, Mexico, to a Mexican father and American mother, he has used his life experiences to explore greater themes of borders, immigration, and search for love and belonging, throughout his work. Urrea was the first member of his family to attend and graduate from college. He received his BA in Writing from University of California-San Diego, and his MA in Creative Writing at the University of Colorado-Boulder. Between his undergraduate and graduate studies Urrea served with a group of Baptist missionaries in Tijuana, an experience giving great influence to his subsequent writings. The true strength of his work lies in his ability to sympathize with and explore the suffering of Mexican illegal immigrants. Currently Urrea is a creative writing professor at University of Illinois-Chicago and lives with his family in the suburbs.
Sciences Ceremony, May 10, 3:30 p.m.
Dr. Diann Jordan is a full professor of biological sciences at Alabama State University, author, and educational consultant. She received her BS degree from Tuskegee University, her MS degree from Alabama A&M University, and her Ph.D. from Michigan State University. Dr. Jordan’s path in science has led her to be among many firsts. She was the first African-American woman to earn a Ph.D. in Soil Science at MSU in 1987, and the first woman faculty member ever hired in the soil and atmospheric sciences department, as well as the first African-American woman tenured in a research science department at University of Missouri-Columbia. She has received numerous awards, and has conducted seminars, workshops, and published articles on the issues facing young women and minorities in science and engineering. Dr. Jordan is the author of Sisters in Science: Conversations with Black Women Scientists on Race, Gender, and their Passion for Science. Dr. Jordan spent her youth on a small farm where she was inspired to become a scientist, and ever since she has worked toward the goal of creating an environment where all students can become scientifically literate.