It is hard to believe that the 2014-15 academic year has come to a close. Our Commencement Exercises were highlighted by a poignant message from our speaker, Ambassador R. Nicholas Burns, who encouraged our graduates, particularly as a response to the challenges in our country, to consider public service as a way to live out their Jesuit education. The student speaker, Nick George, was also superb, as he charged his fellow alumni to take action as required by the values learned here at Loyola. It was a delight to see the faces of the graduates as they crossed the stage. Years of confidence, accomplishments, and excitement for what’s to come showed through their smiles as they shook the president’s hand and proceeded onward. This is an experience that your sons and daughters will have sooner than you can imagine!
As we close out the year, we can reflect on all that our students have encountered. Our rising sophomores have become more independent, learned to manage their time, and have had new experiences that challenged their minds, bodies, and spirits. Our rising juniors have made plans to study abroad, intern, or work a summer job. Our rising seniors are taking stock and have confidence in their abilities as they are soon to be the revered campus leaders. All of our students have lived through challenges in our country and in our city that call for moments of reflection and action.
As the hearings and judicial proceedings related to the officers' trial in Baltimore continue to evolve, the University remains committed to helping students consider the intellectual and personal understanding of the situation, and to support the efforts of all of those who promote justice and equality. I appreciate all of the notes of thanks regarding our communication during the most challenging days of the uprising. We will continue to keep you and your students informed.
May you have a restful summer, and we look forward to another exciting new academic year.
Sheilah Shaw Horton, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Development and Dean of Students