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Institute of Pastoral Studies Ceremony

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Institute of Pastoral Studies Ceremony

Remarks and Congratulations

Peter Jones, PhD, Interim Dean

Keynote Speaker

Sr. Norma Pimentel, M.J., MA ’95, Executive Director, Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley

Student Speaker

Ann Christensen, Master of Divinity

Name Reader

Michael M. Canaris, PhD, Assistant Professor of Ecclesiology & Systematic Theology, Institute of Pastoral Studies

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Congratulations to the Class of 2020

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

Keynote speaker

Sr. Norma Pimentel, M.J., MA ’95 • Executive Director, Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley

Sister Norma Pimentel has worked extensively with immigrant and refugee families, tackling the ethical dilemmas of our current immigration policies. As one of the nation’s strongest champions of immigrants, Sr. Norma asks the difficult questions about social responsibility and addresses the multidimensional issues related to the crisis at the border.

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Dean’s Note


You’ve done it... and it’s time to celebrate! The IPS faculty, staff, and all those you’ve encountered during this part of your journey know that you are destined for good things. May the Spirit of God be with you as you embody more deeply every day joy, generosity, and compassion for the benefit of all you know and serve.

Peter Jones,PhD, Interim Dean, Institute of Pastoral Studies

A letter from Alumni Relations

Dear Graduate,

Congratulations on your graduation, and welcome to Loyola’s alumni community! It’s a great time to be a Rambler and an alumnus. We celebrate the students, staff, faculty, alumni, and friends of Loyola who continue to make this University the special place it is.

While graduation signals a change in your status from student to alumnus, it also signals a new beginning. Commencement is the first step in your new relationship with Loyola. You join over 150,000 other proud alumni who have found a number of ways to stay connected to their alma mater.

Here are a few ways you can stay engaged:

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