School of Communication

Program & Overview

Greeting, remarks, recognition of students

Hong Cheng, PhD

Dean and Professor, School of Communication

Student speaker

Kate Hahn

Candidate for the Degree of Bachelor of Arts, Advertising & Public Relations, Honors, Magna Cum Laude

Keynote speaker

Paul Edlund, BS ’91

Global Technology Strategist, Microsoft

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Loyola University Chicago Commencement Program
Loyola University Chicago Dean and Professor of the School of Communication, Hong Cheng, PhD

Dean’s note

Dear member of the Class of 2021,

You made it! Most hearty congratulations to you on your well-earned graduation! You are in a chosen class for a special epoch in history. Your SOC family is so happy for you, so proud of you, and wishes you a bright and splendid future.

As Barack Obama said to graduates recently: "Be alive to one another's struggles. Stand up for one another's rights. Leave behind all the old ways of thinking that divide us: sexism, racial prejudice, status, greed. Set the world on a different path."


Hong Cheng, PhD

Dean and Professor

School of Communication

Keynote Speaker, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, Paul Edlund

Keynote Speaker

Paul Edlund (BS ’91) is the Global Technology Strategist of the Central Region at Microsoft. In this role, he focuses on applying Microsoft’s long-term Research & Development to their enterprise customers. In addition, he guides customers through Microsoft’s overall cybersecurity and datacenter design strategies. More recently, Mr. Edlund was in a role within Microsoft to focus solely on cybersecurity and identity strategy.

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Paul Edlund (BS ’91)

Global Technology Strategist, Microsoft

Presenting the Class of 2021

Just as we do in person, we recognize and celebrate the achievements of our graduates of college, school, and institute. 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 interdisciplinary honors (if applicable)  and laudatory status (if applicable). Candidates receiving an additional degree will also have that degree recognized.