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Loyola University Chicago 2013 Commencement Speakers 

Loyola University Chicago is pleased to announce the individuals who will address graduates at the University’s 143rd annual Commencement ceremonies, which will be held May 9–11, May 18 (School of Law), and June 2 (Stritch School of Medicine). More information on ceremony details can be found at LUC.edu/commencement.


Quinlan School of Business
*J.C. Gonzalez-Mendez
Senior Vice President, McDonald’s Corporation; President and CEO, Ronald McDonald House Charities

College of Arts and Sciences: Arts
*Luis Alberto Urrea
Author and Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago

College of Arts and Sciences: Sciences
*Diann Jordan, PhD
Author and Educational Consultant; Professor of Biological Sciences, Alabama State University

School of Communication
Claire Díaz-Ortiz
Author, Speaker, and Technology Innovator

School of Education
Timothy D. Kanold (PhD, ‘02)
Educator, Author, and Consultant 

The Graduate School and Institute of Pastoral Studies
*Debra W. Stewart, PhD
President, Council of Graduate Schools

School of Law
*Gino L. DiVito (JD ‘63)
Partner, Tabet DiVito & Rothstein LLC

Stritch School of Medicine
*Tadataka (Tachi) Yamada, MD
Executive Vice President, Chief Medical and Scientific Officer, Takeda Pharmaceutical Corporation

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing
Sharon L. O’Keefe (MSN ‘76)
President, University of Chicago Medical Center

School of Continuing and Professional Studies
Alicia T. Vega (BS ‘96, MJ ‘99)
Public Service Leader 

School of Social Work
Khadija Khaja, PhD
Associate Professor, Indiana University, School of Social Work


* Indicates the individual will also be awarded an honorary degree.



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