Congratulations to the 2017 Loyola University College of Arts and Sciences graduates who walked at the College's Commencement ceremonies at the 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m ceremonies on Friday, May 12 in Gentile Arena.
One of this year’s commencement speakers is author and historian Wil Haygood. Haygood is a Pulitzer nominee, award-winning author, and reporter. He is best known for his New York Times bestseller, “The Butler: A Witness to History,” which was adapted to film in 2013. Haygood also worked for thirty years at two of the most premiere newspapers in America, the Boston Globe and the Washington Post. Haygood will be speaking at the 9:30 a.m. ceremony.
The College of Arts and Sciences afternoon commencement speaker is retired Brigadier General and current healthcare executive, Cynthia A. O’Connell. She completed her undergraduate studies in psychology at Loyola in 1981 and was a member of Loyola’s ROTC program, one of only two women in her commissioning class that same year. BG O’Connell has been a healthcare administrator, a military officer, and a civilian educator in the past thirty-five years and credits her parents for laying a positive foundation.
The student speakers for the morning commencement ceremonies is political science major Mariana Chavez. Chavez served as president of the Student Government of Loyola and her future plans include researching the impact of deportation in Mexico and eventually going to law school.
For the afternoon ceremony, Morgan Harris will address the graduating class. A biology major, Harris has been involved in numerous volunteer organizations both inside and outside of Loyola. Her experiences with these organizations solidified her dream of becoming a physician, and she has made the decision to attend medical school and hopefully open up her own practice someday.
Finally, for more information on the 2017 commencement, visit: LUC.edu/commencement/