Congratulations, 2021 Graduates!
Warmest congratulations on your upcoming graduation! This is an amazing accomplishment that is based on your perseverance, effort, and academic achievement during your time here in The Graduate School. We are so proud that you are joining the ranks of our alumni and we look forward to what you will accomplish next.
While we cannot gather together this year to celebrate this accomplishment, the university will be hosting a week-long virtual commencement beginning today, May 10, 2021. The Graduate School’s Commencement Ceremony is scheduled for Tuesday, May 11, beginning at 8:00 AM (CST) and features student speaker, Lydia Craig, candidate for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the Department of English, and keynote speaker, Jarrett Adams, JD '15, Loyola University Chicago. To join the celebration, visit LUC.edu/Commencement.
Our commencement keynote speaker, Jarrett Adams, was just 17 years old when he was wrongfully convicted and sentenced to 28 years in a maximum security prison for a crime he did not commit. After filing multiple appeals, Adams was exonerated and is now a defense attorney. He used the injustice he endured as inspiration to become an advocate for the wrongfully convicted and underserved. Mr. Adams received his JD from Loyola School of Law in 2015. After working for the Innocence Project, Mr. Adams started his own law office and now specializes in criminal defense and civil rights cases. Jarrett Adams is also a co-founder of Life After Justice, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering exonerees to thrive, advocating for economic justice, and establishing a post-exoneration ecosystem focused on mental health and wellness support.
As a gift to our graduating students, The Graduate School will be sending each of our graduates an electronic copy of Jarrett’s new book, Redeeming Justice: From Defendant to Defender, My Fight for Equity on Both Sides of a Broken System, after it is published later this year.
Emily Barman, PhD
Dean of The Graduate School &
Vice Provost of Graduate Education