Celebrate the Class of 2022 at this year's Commencement Week activities

Evening of Excellence

The Evening of Excellence provides an opportunity for graduate students to share their capstone projects, engage in scholarly discourse, and celebrate their scholarly accomplishments with an interdisciplinary group of faculty and students. The event is open to all Parkinson students, faculty, staff, and guests of graduating students. Additional information will be available in early April from Devontae Bowman, Graduate Program Coordinator.
How to register: Zoom registration will open soon

Monday, May 9, 2022, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. (CT)
Held virtually via Zoom (registration and Zoom link coming soon!)


Celebration of the Magis 

Magis is a Latin word  meaning "more" or "greater" and is related to the phrase "ad majorem Dei gloriam," the motto of the Society of Jesus and Loyola University Chicago. The Magis Awards recognize Parkinson graduates and their continual drive to learn more and be of service to the greater good. Exemplary undergraduate students will receive several prestigious awards and certificates. Family and friends are welcome to celebrate students’ accomplishments.

Tuesday, May 10, 2022, 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. (CT)
Rambler Room, Centennial Forum, Lake Shore Campus


Commencement Ceremony

Open to graduates, families, friends, and the larger community. The Parkinson School Commencement will be held with Loyola's School of Social Work and include a congratulatory message from Dean Elaine Morrato, the School's student commencement speaker, and an invited keynote speaker.

2022 Commencement Keynote

Spero Manson, PhD, professor of public health and psychiatry at University of Colorado DenverWe are thrilled to announce that the Parkinson School's keynote speaker for the 2022 Commencement Ceremony will be Spero Manson, PhD, distinguished professor of public health and psychiatry at the Colorado School of Public Health at the University of Colorado Denver's Anschutz Medical Center. Manson also directs the Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health. His programs include 10 national research centers, totalling $63 million in sponsored research, program development, training, and collaboration with 250 Native communities, spanning rural, reservation, urban, and village settings across the country.

Manson has published 200 articles on the assessment, epidemiology, treatment, and prevention of physical, alcohol, drug, and mental health problems over the developmental life span of Native people. His numerous awards include the American Public Health Association’s prestigious Rema Lapouse Award Achievement in Epidemiology, Mental Health and Applied Public Health Statistics (1998), three special recognition awards from the Indian Health Service (1996, 2004, and 2011), election to the Institute of Medicine (2002), two Distinguished Mentor Awards from the Gerontological Society of America (2006 and 2007), the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Herbert W. Nickens Award (2006), the George Foster Practicing Award from the Society for Medical Anthropology (2006), and NIH’s Health Disparities Award for Excellence (2008). He is widely acknowledged as one of the nation’s leading authorities with regard to Indian and Native health.

Wednesday, May 11, 2022, 3 p.m. (CT)
Gentile Arena, Lake Shore Campus

*Students must register by May 4 at 11:59 p.m. to participate in the Parkinson School's Commencement Ceremony. 

Commencement Reception

Wednesday, May 11, 2022, 4:30 p.m. (CT)
West Quad, Lake Shore Campus

Questions? Please contact Lucia Garcia or Keith Kramer.


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