Loyola University Chicago

College of Arts & Sciences


Congratulations to the 2018 Loyola University College of Arts and Sciences graduates walked at the College's Commencement ceremonies at the 10 a.m. and 3 p.m ceremonies on Friday, May 11 in Gentile Arena. 

This year's College of Arts and Sciences morning commencement speaker was President of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Julia Stasch. A Loyola alumnus herself, she received her Bachelor's from Loyola where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in History, and received a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Illinois Chicago. For nearly 40 years, the Foundation has been committed to Chicago, its people, and its diverse neighborhoods, investing $1.2 billion in over 1,500 organizations and individuals across the metropolitan region – more than in any other place around the world. Stasch is the recipient of numerous awards and acknowledgements, including designation among the most powerful Chicagoans and, most recently, in 2017, the NonProfit Times power and influence top 50. Stasch is a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago, the Economic Club, and the Chicago Network. Stasch will be speaking at the 10 a.m. ceremony. 

The College of Arts and Sciences afternoon commencement speaker was Senior Vice President for Clinical Strategy, UnitedHealthcare Peter Pronovost, MD, PhD, FCCM. He is a world-renowned patient safety champion, a practicing clinical care physician, a prolific researcher, and a global thought leader. He has been the director of the Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety since 2011, and recently accepted his position with United Healthcare. Dr. Pronovost has chronicled his work in helping improve patient safety in his book, Safe Patients, Smart Hospitals: How One Doctor’s Checklist Can Help Us Change Health Care from the Inside Out.  He is an advisor to the World Health Organizations’ World Alliance for Patient Safety and routinely addresses the U.S. Congress on patient safety issues.   He is the winner of several national awards, and was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 “most influential people” in the world for his work in patient safety.

The student speaker for the morning commencement ceremonies was information technology major Maribel Flores Bahena. Bahena is a First Generation Latina College Student who migrated from Guerrero Mexico. At Loyola, she served as Vice-President and as Secretary of the Senn Scholars Organization, was an Orientation Leader, and served as a Peer Mentor to her fellow ACE Scholars.

For the afternoon ceremony, Nathaniel Polly addressed the graduating class. Receiving his bachelor of science in biology, bioinformatics and computer science, Polly is currently pursuing a masters of biotechnology at Northwestern University. From his start at the Center for Tutoring and Academic Excellence, Nathaniel has passionately worked with upwards of a thousand students, not only to answer questions, but to aid them in realizing their destinies and lead them in the journey from denial to acceptance, the only true acquisition of knowledge. 

For more information on the 2018 commencement, visit: LUC.edu/commencement/