Loyola University Maryland
May 20, 2019
More than 1,300 undergraduate and graduate students received degrees at Loyola University’s 167th Commencement Exercises on Saturday, May 18, 2019, at Royal Farms Arena in downtown Baltimore.
The Commencement address at this year’s ceremony was delivered by Rev. William Watters, S.J., the founder of Cristo Rey Jesuit High School and the assisting priest at St. Ignatius Catholic Community in Baltimore.
“I thank you for your spirit of commitment to helping others. It is that dedication to a faith that does justice which is foundational to Jesuit education,” Watters told the Class of 2019, after commending the class for showing a keen interest in social justice before they even started their first year. “Now, as you complete your years at this University, you have the challenge to engage as men and women for others in our deeply wounded and divided world. It is that world where you will live out your strong truths and put into practice the full values of your Jesuit education.”
Justin Montague, ’19, a biochemistry major from Philadelphia, Pa., delivered a Commencement address on behalf of the Class of 2019.
“By now, whether we’re leaving today with an undergrad or a graduate degree, we know that a Loyola education is rooted in the mission to inspire students to learn, lead, and serve in a diverse and changing world,” Montague said. “Now, more than ever, we are poised to answer this call to action. We possess the necessary tools to understand varying perspectives and empathize deeply with others; while also possessing the courage to call out discrimination and stand in solidarity with the marginalized.”