FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Loyola University Chicago Celebrates
Inaugural Class of Arrupe College
Two-Year College Serving Local, Underrepresented Students
Holds First Commencement on Saturday, August 12
Loyola University Chicago’s Arrupe College will hold its first Commencement ceremony on Saturday, August 12, at the University’s Lake Shore Campus. Bookending the inaugural class’s experience, the event marks a milestone for the college and its 82 graduates.
Launched in 2015, Arrupe College is a two-year associate’s degree program within the University that provides a rigorous liberal arts education to motivated students with limited financial resources and an interest in attending a four-year institution. The college addresses the need in higher education to increase completion rates of post-secondary education degrees for students from low-income families.
More than 50 percent of the inaugural 159-student class will graduate on August 12, a rate that far exceeds the national average reported by Complete College America—only five percent of full-time students at two-year institutions graduate in two years.
This event is open to the media; however, interview requests with faculty, staff, and students will be held scheduled for another date.
The Honorable Toni Preckwinkle, Cook County Board President, will address Arrupe’s inaugural class. In addition, the ceremony will feature:
- Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago
- Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD, President of Loyola University Chicago
- Stephen Katsouros, S.J., Dean and Executive Director, Arrupe College
- Asya Meadows, Graduating Student, Arrupe College
Saturday, August 12, 3 p.m.
Loyola University Chicago’s Lake Shore Campus
1020 W. Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60660
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