School of Social Work

Program & Overview

Greeting, remarks, recognition of students

Goutham M. Menon, PhD

Dean, School of Social Work

Welcome to the Profession

Mildred C. Joyner, DPS, MSW, BSW, LCSW

President, National Association of Social Workers; President, International Federation of Social Workers, North America Region

Student speaker

Ebony LaRee Davis

Candidate for the Degree of Master of Social Work

Keynote speaker

Laura Burney Nissen, PhD, LMSW, CADC III

Professor, Presidential Futures Fellow; Research Fellow, Institute for the Future

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Loyola University Chicago Commencement Program
Loyola University Chicago Dean of the School of Social Work, Goutham M. Menon, PhD

Dean’s note

Dear member of the Class of 2021,

Congratulations on your special day!

You are a strong, compassionate, focused, caring professional, and I am so very proud of you joining the ranks of our profession to pursue your passion.

Your journey might have felt like a never-ending winding road before you reached your destination. That endurance and fortitude you have exemplified is the embodiment of a person who never gives up pursuing one's goals.

Never give up on peace, unity, the welfare of those forgotten, and the important work of being there for the other.

The faculty, staff, and I wish you much happiness, prosperity, and growth. We will continue to watch out for your achievements in the years to come. Make us all proud.

Goutham M. Menon, PhD


School of Social Work

Keynote Speaker, School of Social Work, Laura Burney Nissen, PhD, LMSW, CADC III

Keynote Speaker

Laura Burney Nissen, PhD, LMSW, CADC III, is a social work professor, leader, researcher, and activist focused on innovation in public sector human service, equity work, human rights, and social-justice issues. A professor and dean emeritus at Portland State University School of Social Work, Nissen’s scholarly practice focuses on addictions science, policy, and practice as they relate to the evolution of addictions science, the future of the phenomenon, and how it impacts the practice of social work.

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Laura Burney Nissen, PhD, LMSW, CADC III

Professor, Presidential Futures Fellow; Research Fellow, Institute for the Future

Social Work Code of Ethics

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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.