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The Graduate School Ceremony

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The Graduate School Ceremony

Remarks and Congratulations

Reverend Thomas J. Regan, S.J., PhD • Dean, The Graduate School; Dean, College of Arts & Sciences; Director, Jesuit First Studies Program

Student Speaker

Paige J. Gardner • Doctor of Philosophy, Higher Education

Faculty Member of the Year

Barbara Velsor-Friedrich, PhD, RN, FAAN • Professor, Director of the PhD Program, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing

Name Readers

Heather Sevener • Assistant Dean, Student Services, The Graduate School

Leanne L. Cribbs, PhD, • Associate Dean, Graduate Education, Stritch School of Medicine

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Congratulations to the Class of 2020

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

Dean’s Note

Dear members of the Class of 2020,

My warmest congratulations as you complete your studies in the Graduate School and become alumni/ae of Loyola University Chicago. The lives of our faculty and staff have been enriched by walking with you on this important stage of your academic journey. Hopefully, you will take away from your time at Loyola not only the understanding that we must be life-long learners, but also a genuine and sincere desire to become People for Others, in the highest sense of the Jesuit ideal.

Reverend Thomas J. Regan, S.J., PhD
Dean, College of Arts & Sciences; Dean, The Graduate School; Director, Jesuit First Studies Program

Dissertations of The Year

Biomedical and Sciences
Dr. James Grayczyk, Degree of Doctor of Philosophy, Microbiology and Immunology
Dissertation: A Staphylococcus aureus Metabolic Factor That Suppresses Immune Responses

Dr. Erica Chu, Degree of Doctor of Philosophy, English
Dissertation: Identity Positivity in Decolonial Worlds: Making Room for Gender and Sexual Possibility

Professional Schools
Dr. Lincoln Andreas Hill, Degree of Doctor of Philosophy, Counseling Psychology School of Education
Dissertation: Black Women College Students, Impostor Phenomenon, Stereotypes, and Mental Health: A Mixed-Methods Approach

Social Sciences
Phillip Thomas Whittington, Degree of Master of Arts, Criminal Justice and Criminology
Thesis: “Location, Location, Location”: How Where a Prisoner Is Housed Influences the Prison Disciplinary Process

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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