Congratulations, Class of 2016!

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More than 1,200 baccalaureate and advanced degrees were conferred during Loyola University Maryland’s 164th Commencement Exercises on Saturday, May 21, 2016, at Royal Farms Arena.

Commencement Address: Wes Moore

Wes MooreBestselling author, Army veteran, and social entrepreneur Wes Moore will deliver this year's Commencement address. Moore’s books The Work and The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates are New York Times bestsellers. Moore has also authored Discovering Wes Moore, and co-authored the young adult novel, This Way Home, with Shawn Goodman.

Moore was born and raised in Maryland. After watching his father’s death at age 3, Moore began acting out. His mother sent him to military school at age 13, and in 1998, Moore graduated as a commissioned officer from Valley Forge Military College.

Moore graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 2001 and studied internal relations at Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship. After graduation, Moore served a combat tour of duty in Afghanistan in the 82nd Airborne Division. After his tour, he served as a White House fellow to then-Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Moore, an advocate for youth and education, founded BridgeEDU, an innovative college platform that reinvents the first year of college to addresses the college completion and job placement crisis.

He serves on the board of the Iraq Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) and The Johns Hopkins University. Moore is the founder of STAND!, Students Taking a New Direction, an organization at Johns Hopkins University that works with Baltimore youth involved in the criminal justice system.

Learn more about Moore.

Graduating Greyhounds

As they embark on the next chapter, we asked some of our graduates to share their plans for the future, what they are excited for, what they will miss, and how their experiences at Loyola will shape their futures.

Read their stories on Tumblr.

Collage of graduating greyhounds

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The Newman Medal
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The Carroll Medal
G. Lawrence Buhl, ’68

The President’s Medal
Kenneth F. Boehl, ’76, MBA ’81

Honorary Degrees in Recognition of Exemplary Service
Wes Moore