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Loyola celebrates Class of 2016 at 164th Commencement Exercises

| By Nick Alexopulos
Loyola University Maryland Class of 2016 commencement

More than 1,200 undergraduate and graduate students received degrees at Loyola University Maryland’s 164th Commencement Exercises on Saturday, May 21, 2016, at Royal Farms Arena in downtown Baltimore.

In his remarks to the new graduates, Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., president of Loyola, encouraged graduates to consider how they can use their education and experience to take action in their lives after Loyola.

“The world is not the same one it was when you first arrived at Loyola,” Fr. Linnane said. “Yet I have seen again and again how you, our students, have risen to the occasion, rallying together, praying together, calling for more education and awareness, collaborating, and doing your part to spark the fire that Ignatius calls us to.”

The Commencement address at this year’s ceremony was delivered by bestselling author and social entrepreneur Wes Moore. Moore, a Baltimore resident and Army veteran, founded BridgeEDU, an innovative educational experience that reinvents the first year of college to addresses the college completion and job placement crisis. Moore called the graduating members of the Class of 2016 to consider how they can fight on behalf of others.

“My ask of you is this: When it comes time to answer the question of ‘Who will you choose to fight for?’, that you do not forget this place that we call home,” Moore said. “Our home is a place that needs you as part of this fight. Our home is a place that needs you to take this credential that you now have and turn that into power and advocacy in a way that many of you already have done, and we ask you now to compound upon that.”

Moore described for the Class of 2016 how he moved away from Baltimore to study overseas and then to serve in the Army in Afghanistan.

“Some of the greatest experiences, some of the greatest learnings that I’ve had was when I was looking at things from an outsider’s perspective,” he said. “Then around 2013, I decided that it was time to come home. I decided that my idea of work has to be…when your greatest gifts, your greatest hopes and ambitions, begin overlapping with the world’s greatest needs.”

Reflections, memories, and plans for the future from members of the Class of 2016 are available at graduatinggreyhounds.tumblr.com.

Community recognition honorees:

Milch Award: No Boundaries Coalition
The No Boundaries Coalition is a resident-led advocacy organization that works to build a unified and empowered Central West Baltimore across boundaries of race, class, and neighborhood. Though still a young organization, the No Boundaries Coalition is making an impact by developing issue-specific advocacy campaigns, working to increase voter registration and voter turnout to build residents’ political capital and voice.

The John Henry Newman Medal: Sister Catherine “Missy” Gugerty, SSND, M.S. ’91
Sr. Gugerty served as director of Loyola’s Center for Community Service and Justice from 2002-15, and during her tenure annual student involvement in CCSJ grew to 3,000. Beans and Bread, Our Daily Bread, and Christopher Place were among the local programs in Baltimore City where she provided both organizational leadership and personal ministry to clients.

The Carroll Medal: G. Lawrence Buhl, ’68
Mr. Buhl demonstrates his passion for Loyola through governance, alumni relations, and financial contributions that have had, and will continue to have, a lasting impact. He worked in multiple leadership roles as a partner at Ernst & Young LLP and its predecessors during his 35 years with the firm. He has served on the Board of Sponsors of Loyola’s Sellinger School of Business and Management since 2009.

The President's Medal: Kenneth F. Boehl, ’76, MBA ’81
Mr. Boehl and his wife, Kathy, established the Boehl Family Scholarship Fund in 2012 with a generous commitment of $1 million, enabling students with limited financial resources to attend Loyola and receive not only an exceptional education, but also benefit from the community environment and the experience of living on campus. In 2006 he retired from MBNA America, where he spent his career.

Rita Buettner, director of marketing and communications, contributed to this story.

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