School of Continuing and Professional Studies

Ceremony Overview

Master Of Ceremonies And Student Name Reader

Sarah Shaaban, MA

Associate Dean for Student Success, Arrupe College


Jennifer Armstrong, PhD

Clinical Assistant Professor, Arrupe College

President Welcome

Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD


Provost Remarks

Margaret Callahan, CRNA, PhD, FNAP, FAAN


Greeting, Final Remarks, Recognition Of Students

Fr. Tom Neitzke, S.J., EdD

Dean, Arrupe College

Student speaker

Yajaira Raygoza Salazar

Candidate for the Degree, Associate of Arts, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Magna Cum Laude

Keynote speaker

Jose Manual Castellanos, PhD

Clinical Professor, Writing and Rhetoric, Arrupe College

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Loyola University Chicago Commencement Program
Loyola University Chicago President Dr. Jo Ann Rooney

A letter from President Rooney

Congratulations to the Class of 2021!

Dear Loyola Graduate,

Welcome to Loyola’s alumni community!

As we celebrate Loyola University Chicago’s 150th Anniversary during the 2020-21 academic year, our entire community joins me to extend warm congratulations on your graduation day.

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Loyola University Chicago Dean of Arrupe College, Fr. Tom Neitzke, SJ, EdD

Dean’s note

“I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith.”— 2 Timothy 4:7

Dear member of the Class of 2021,

Congratulations! This year you could have easily given up or given in, but you chose to fight the good fight, and you finished the race. The past two years were like no other, and through it all, you kept the faith and can now look to a future full of hope and opportunity. As a graduate, you represent the very best of Arrupe College, and on behalf of the entire faculty and staff, we wish you the best as you go forth and set the world on fire!

Fr. Tom Neitzke, S.J., EdD


Arrupe College

Keynote Speaker, Arrupe College, Jose Manuel Castellanos, PhD

Keynote Speaker

Doctor Jose Manuel Castellanos received his Bachelor of the Arts and Master of Science degrees from Illinois State University. He received his Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago in the Department of English where he was a Mellon Fellow through the Inter-University Program for Latino Research. He joined the Arrupe College of Loyola University faculty as a Clinical Assistant Professor in 2018. Apart from his teaching and advising duties, Dr. Castellanos is the Director of the Arrupe Writing Fellows Center, a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Liaison, and the faculty advisor for the Dreamers and Allies Student Organization.

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Jose Manuel Castellanos, PhD

Clinical Professor, Writing and Rhetoric, Arrupe College

Presenting the Class of 2021

Just as we do in person, we recognize and celebrate the achievements of our college graduates. In addition to each virtual ceremony, you can find all student slides in our searchable database.

Candidates will be recognized by degree group then major in alpha order in the same order as the program book. Candidates will have their name read followed by laudatory status (if applicable).

A blessing for the Class of 2021 from Sister Jean

Prayer for Our Graduates, President Rooney

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