Fall is a busy time on our campuses, not just for our students, but for our galleries and museums as well! An exhibit on alternative American comics at Boston College, a collection of manuscripts by J.R.R. Tolkien at Marquette University, and an El Greco painting at Fairfield University are among the exciting works on display at our schools this semester. Click on the links below to learn more!

Above (L-R): El Greco, The Holy Family with Saint Anne and the Infant John the Baptist, ca. 1595-1600, oil on canvas. National Gallery of Art, Washington, Samuel H. Kress Collection, 1959.9.4 (Fairfield University)

Viola Patterson (American, 1898–1984), Malahat Drive, Victoria, BC, 1927; Woodcut on paper, 9 ½ x 7 1/8”; Jundt Art Museum, Gonzaga University; Gift of Joan Wahlman 2007.41.24 (Gonzaga University)

Luciana Abait, “Black Water (The Exquisite Edge of the Precipice),” 2022, photograph with acrylic on canvas, 56 in. diameter, Courtesy of the artist and Laband Art Gallery (Loyola Marymount University)

(Please note: This list will be updated regularly throughout the fall. Please send any additional content to AJCU’s Vice President of Communications, Deanna Howes Spiro: dhowes@ajcunet.edu.)

Loyola Marymount University: Laband Art Gallery

Luciana Abait: On the Verge

Marquette University: Haggerty Museum of Art

J.R.R. Tolkien: The Art of the Manuscript

Rockhurst University: Greenlease Gallery and Panacea Project Space

This Land is My Land/Your Land

Saint Louis University: Museum of Contemporary Religious Art

This Road Is the Heart Opening
Lesley Dill: Dream World of the Forest
Jordan Eagles: VIRAL \ VALUE (artist link; SLU MOCRA link TBD)

Santa Clara University: de Saisset Museum

We Are All Sacred: Student Acquisitions on Identity, Community, and Enduring Existence
Great Wave (Edward M. Dowd Art and Art History Building)

University of San Francisco: Thacher Gallery

SOFT POWER: Recent Projects by Alexander Hernandez
Lost Keys: Recent Works by Mercy Hawkins (Rooftop Sculpture Terrace)

Boston College: McMullen Museum of Art

American Alternative Comics, 1980–2000: Raw, Weirdo, and Beyond
Arnie Jarmak: Photographing Chelsea in Transition, 1977–89

COLLEGE OF THE HOLY CROSS: Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery

Afterimage: Visual Arts Faculty 2022

Fairfield University: Fairfield University Art Museum

Out of the Kress Vaults: Women in Sacred Renaissance Painting
Gladys Triana: A Path to Enlightenment Beyond Exile
Specimens and Reflections

Georgetown University: Maria & Alberto de la Cruz Art Gallery

Mary Kelly: To Witness the Future (de la Cruz Gallery)
Adela Babanova: Projected Trilogy (Spagnuolo Gallery)

Gonzaga University: Jundt Art Museum

New to You: Permanent Collection Objects on Display for the First Time

Le Moyne College: Wilson Art Gallery

Marc Safran: “Bravo/Brava: Performers Offstage and In Studio”

Contact: Deanna Howes Spiro, Vice President of Communications, AJCU
E-mail: dhowes@ajcunet.edu

Our campuses are filled with activity these days, as Jesuit colleges and universities welcome the Class of 2026 to campus! We invite you to scroll through our photo and video galleries, and click on the links for highlights and stories on move-in days and welcome week events at campuses across the country.

For several Jesuit colleges and universities, the Class of 2026 is record-breaking, in terms of size (enrollment or applications) and/or diversity: College of the Holy Cross, Le Moyne College, Loyola University Maryland and The University of Scranton. International students are also arriving on our campuses, including those from Ukraine. A freshman at The University of Scranton recently shared his story with the local PBS / NPR affiliate near Scranton, PA; click here to learn more.

This year saw several welcome videos from school presidents! Click on the following videos to hear from the presidents of Canisius University, Loyola Marymount University and Loyola University Maryland.

Canisius University (Buffalo, NY)
Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles, CA)
Loyola University Maryland (Baltimore, MD)

Additional photo galleries, videos and stories can be found by clicking on the following school names: Creighton University, Fordham University, Georgetown University, John Carroll University, Loyola University Chicago, Loyola University New Orleans, Marquette University, Saint Louis University, Seattle University, Spring Hill College, University of Detroit Mercy and the University of San Francisco.

Boston College (Chestnut Hill, MA)
Fordham University (Bronx & Manhattan, NY)
Le Moyne College (Syracuse, NY)
Saint Joseph’s University (Philadelphia, PA)
Santa Clara University (Santa Clara, CA)
Xavier University (Cincinnati, OH)
College of the Holy Cross (Worcester, MA)
Loyola University New Orleans (New Orleans, LA)
Saint Louis University (St. Louis, MO)
University of Detroit Mercy (Detroit, MI)
Creighton University (Omaha, NE)
Gonzaga University (Spokane, WA)
Rockhurst University (Kansas City, MO)
Saint Peter’s University (Jersey City, NJ)

Contact: Deanna Howes Spiro, Vice President of Communications, AJCU
E-mail: dhowes@ajcunet.edu

2022 IAJU Assembly Participants at Boston College (Photo by Stefon Greene for IAJU)

From August 3-6, nearly 400 presidents, faculty and administrators from Jesuit institutions and organizations across the world gathered at Boston College for the 2022 Assembly of the International Association of Jesuit Universities (IAJU). The theme of this year’s assembly was ‘Discerning the Future of Jesuit Higher Education,’ which built on the theme, ‘Transforming Our World Together,’ from the inaugural IAJU assembly at the University of Deusto in 2018.

Participants at Boston College included members of IAJU Task Forces on Global Citizenship; Solidarity with Migrants and Refugees; Peace and Reconciliation; Environmental and Economic Justice; and the Role of Theology in Today’s Jesuit University. Task Force members shared updates on their collaborative work to develop programs and initiatives that have been implemented at Jesuit colleges and universities across the world since 2018. Additional sessions included a pre-assembly workshop on ‘Democracy Under Threat’ and group break-out sessions on the Magis Student Exchange Program; Reinventing Jesuit Business Education; Best Practices in Mission Integration & Formation; Developing a Laudato Si’ University Plan; Reconciliation and Peace Centers; African Jesuit Universities; and Secularism, Religious Pluralism and the Jesuit University.

Rev. Arturo Sosa, S.J. (photo by Stefon Greene for IAJU)

A highlight of the assembly was a keynote address from Jesuit Superior General, Rev. Arturo Sosa, S.J., who delivered his remarks in Spanish. He said, “The members of the IAJU are called to discern from the ground of the identity that is their reason for being, the principle and foundation of their mission, and the bond that unites them. Many universities have been examining this identity in recent years. We have been invited to return to its sources during this Ignatian year. It is the same spring that fed the long and complex discernment in common of the Universal Apostolic Preferences of the Society of Jesus, and it still flows to make fruitful the apostolic works that put the preferences into practice.”

On the last day of the assembly, members of each regional association that comprises IAJU (please visit IAJU.org for a full list) had the opportunity to meet with Fr. Sosa for 30-minute conversations in which a group of representatives shared challenges and aspirations for higher education in their geographic regions. Later in the afternoon, one representative from each regional association gave a “report out” to all assembly participants that included recommendations for the next IAJU strategic plan.

L-R: Rev. Joseph Christie, S.J.; Rev. Arturo Sosa, S.J.; Michael Schuck; Nancy Tuchman (photo by Mikolaj Cempla for IAJU)

The assembly concluded with a Mass celebrated by Fr. Sosa, followed by a banquet and award ceremony. For the first time, IAJU awarded the St. Peter Canisius Medals for Extraordinary Service to Jesuit Higher Education to individuals and institutions from each regional association. From the North American region, two faculty from Loyola University Chicago were the inaugural recipients: Nancy Tuchman, founding dean of the School of Environmental Sustainability, and Michael Schuck, professor in the Department of Theology and the School of Environmental Sustainability. Tuchman said, “It was an incredible honor (and surprise) to be nominated for the IAJU North American region’s St. Peter Canisius Medal with my colleague, Michael Schuck. For me, having the opportunity to work for the Jesuits on the greater mission of a faith that does justice has made all the difference in my life’s work.”

Tuchman offered an additional reflection on the impact of this year’s gathering. She said, “The assembly demonstrated the value of IAJU as an organizing body that coordinates the collaborative efforts of the Jesuit higher education network around the eight global concerns identified by the current IAJU Strategic Plan. The work that has been accomplished by each of the IAJU Task Forces to address these issues between the 2018 Duesto and 2022 Boston College Assemblies is remarkable and inspiring. We’re a much more effective network as IAJU.”

We invited several other participants from across the AJCU network to share reflections on the 2022 IAJU Assembly; please scroll down to read more.

Steve K. Stoute (Photo by Mikolaj Cempla for IAJU)

Steve K. Stoute: President, Canisius University

“In reflecting on my time at the 2022 IAJU Assembly, I feel incredibly blessed to embark on this journey as president of a Jesuit institution with companions from around the world, all dedicated to addressing the most pressing issues of our time, from a place of love, consistent with our Jesuit, Catholic identity. I look forward, with renewed hope, to our shared endeavor of empowering the next generation of leaders who will go forth and set the world on fire.”

Chinyere Oparah (Photo by Mikolaj Cempla for IAJU)

Chinyere Oparah: Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, University of San Francisco

“One of the many things I carried back with me from our very rich discussions in Boston, and from meeting counterparts from around the world, is the global reach and collective possibilities of the Jesuit network. Nowhere is this more clear or urgent than in the context of Pope Francis’ environmental enyclical, Laudato Si’, which calls on universities to cultivate the next generation of environmental stewards and to work to avert climate catastrophe. I was inspired by the ideas of my colleagues from Kenya, Mexico and the Philippines and by all those who participated in our discussion. Our universities have a responsibility and a leading role to play in cultivating global citizens whose care for the planet and one another transcends borders. As a network, we are uniquely positioned to do that.”

Thomas Banchoff (right) with participants from the IAJU Global Citizenship Fellows Program (photo by HumanStories for IAJU)

Thomas Banchoff: Vice President for Global Engagement, Georgetown University

“The explosion of Zoom technology during the pandemic has allowed us to connect young people across the Jesuit network in dynamic ways. So many of our students share the commitments to solidarity, the common good, and engaged citizenship – local, national, and global – that animate our colleges and universities. The IAJU Global Citizenship Fellows Program helps students learn how to make a positive difference in a world increasingly divided along national, religious, and social lines — and become “global citizens” along the way.”

Rev. Sami Helewa, S.J. (photo by HumanStories for IAJU)

Rev. Sami Helewa, S.J.: President, Campion College

“The Assembly was like a rotating planet with three orbiting moons: The Gospel, Advanced Education and Democracy. There was a prophetic urgency to dialogue and collaborate within Jesuit education to enhance a culture for speaking truth to power.”

Serena Cosgrove (photo by Stefon Greene for IAJU)

Serena Cosgrove: Associate Professor and Faculty Coordinator of the Central America Initiative, Seattle University

“Consoling. After the IAJU Assembly, I was filled with consolation. This gathering allowed us to see our own local realities in global perspective. I found this global conversation invigorating and inspirational. I was particularly moved by the opportunity to bear witness to our sisters and brothers leading universities in countries facing conflict or authoritarian regimes, such as Ukraine, Venezuela and Nicaragua. May these personal connections facilitate increased solidarity and mutual learning as we move forward.”

Rev. Nicky Santos, S.J. (photo by Mikolaj Cempla for IAJU)

Rev. Nicky Santos, S.J.: Jesuit Community Rector & Associate Professor of Marketing and Management, Creighton University

“The IAJU Assembly in Boston was a powerful reminder to me of the global reach of the Jesuit higher education apostolate. The ability to meet and interact face to face with people from different countries and cultures was an enriching experience. I loved the panel with the students because they are the reason why our higher education institutes exist; to see them exude hope filled me with hope for the future.”

Clara Dwyer (top row, far right) with colleagues (photo by Stefon Greene for IAJU)

Clara Dwyer: Executive Director, Alpha Sigma Nu

“The IAJU Assembly was remarkable. It was personally and professionally rewarding for me as the new Executive Director of Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit Honor Society, because the time offered opportunities to connect with institutional leadership, understand the global impact Jesuit education has in the world, and the important tasks we must commit ourselves to better our society. Jesuit Superior General Rev. Arturo Sosa, S.J. provided inspirational direction to help us discern the future of Jesuit higher education. He encouraged us to recall the diversity amongst and humanity within our students, and the care we must practice with them and one another. The IAJU Assembly reinvigorated the necessary sense of solidarity as key to our Jesuit identity and for that, I am grateful for the time together at Boston College.”

Please click on the following hyperlinks for more information on the 2022 IAJU Assembly at Boston College:

Many thanks to Stefon Greene (Le Moyne College) and Mikolaj Cempla (HumanStories Studio) for contributing photos to this article, as well as the members of the IAJU Communications Team for contributing content and providing support throughout the assembly: Ignacio Garrido Cruz (Loyola Andalucía, Spain); Ana Karen Barragán Fernández (IAJU); Brittany Fried (Georgetown University, USA); Elena Pérez Velasco (Loyola Andalucía, Spain); Juan Galera (Loyola Andalucía, Spain); Ana Jimenez (Loyola Andalucía, Colombia); and Alberto Herrara (AUSJAL).

This year, the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) is bidding a bittersweet farewell to eight presidents who have retired from or concluded their terms at our member institutions during the 2021-22 academic year. All of these men and women have led our institutions with wisdom, faith and strength, inspiring countless colleagues, students, alumni and friends along the way.

We have compiled a series of tributes from colleagues who shared their favorite memories and well-wishes for our presidents. We invite you to view the videos and photos, and read through the written tributes on this page. Please note: Full written tributes are available to view as a PowerPoint, which was presented during the AJCU Board of Directors meeting on Tuesday, June 21: click here to download it online. You are also welcome to submit your well-wishes in the comments section at the bottom of this page.

On behalf of our president, Rev. Michael J. Garanzini, S.J., we thank all of our presidents and pray for their next chapters in life!

John J. Hurley, J.D., Canisius University (2010)

“John has been a calm, courageous and collaborative leader who leaves Canisius with a legacy of academic revitalization, a student-centered focus, and a deep-seated commitment to the Jesuit, Catholic mission.” – Lee C. Wortham ‘79, Former Chair, Board of Trustees

“All of the work John undertook as president took tremendous courage, intelligence, faith and heart. I cannot imagine anyone but John to have led us through the last twelve years. He’s made an indelible impression on Canisius and me personally. I wish him and his family every happiness in the next leg of the journey. I can’t wait to see what he does next!” – Erica Sammarco, Secretary, Board of Trustees

“What I have learned directly about John is that he approaches decisions with integrity—always discerning as best he can which of the possible decisions is best for his beloved alma mater and is the most consistent with its mission.” – Sandra M. Estanek, Ph.D., Professor Emerita & Interim Vice President for Student Affairs

As an alumnus whose family has long and deep connections to the college, John’s blood is blue and gold.” – Sara R. Morris, Ph.D., Vice President for Academic Affairs

Rev. Joseph M. McShane, S.J., Fordham University (2003)

“Fr. McShane leads from the front. A university is like a city and the president is its mayor. No university could ask for a better ‘mayor’ than Fr. McShane.” – Dorothy Marinucci, Associate Vice President for Presidential Operations

“While many will remember Joe for his extraordinary wisdom, wit, and inspirational leadership, those who know him best will value above all his endearing other-centeredness, always making others—students, faculty, staff, alumni and donors—the focus, never calling attention to himself or his considerable achievements as our president over these past nineteen years.” – Rev. John Cecero, S.J., Vice President for Mission Integration and Ministry

“Fr. McShane has left a lasting imprint on Fordham in many ways. The Center for Jewish Studies is one of those enduring legacies of his tenure as president. On behalf of our students, faculty, and the public, I want to express my deepest gratitude for his commitment to make Jewish studies an integral part of Fordham.” – Magda Teter, Professor of History & Shvidler Chair in Judaic Studies

Dr. Jo Ann Rooney, Loyola University Chicago (2016)

“Jo Ann took being entrusted as the Director of a Jesuit apostolic work seriously, and being President was always about furthering the mission and not her ego.” – Rev. James S. Prehn, S.J., Vice President & Chief of Staff

“Slow, thoughtful, and always focused on our people—students, faculty, and staff—best describes her engagement with the senior leadership team and decision-making during the past few years.” – Wayne Magdziarz, Senior Vice President & CFO/CBO

“Dr. Rooney reminds us often of the importance of what we do each day to advance our mission and to keep our promises to our students about gaining the knowledge and skills needed to live extraordinary lives. – Margaret Faut Callahan, CRNA, Ph.D., FNAP, FAAN, Provost, Health Sciences Division

“I learned from Dr. Rooney that ‘executive presence’ infused with Jesuit values is not as much about projecting authority as it is about being present with and for others … Her selfless leadership facilitated a host of achievements, built relationships, erased academic and operational silos, and connected all of us more deeply in the work of education, research and service.” – Christian Anderson, Director of Executive Strategic Communications

Tania Tetlow, J.D., Loyola University New Orleans (2018)

“I had the opportunity to work very closely with Tania at a very difficult time in the history of Loyola University New Orleans: August 2018 through July 2020 during a probation set by our accreditors. Later, Tania and I would joke that she must have been temporarily insane to take on the role as president of Loyola when she did. The truth is that she was not crazy: she was driven to serve at the right place and at the right time. Tania engendered confidence in our community that we felt we could overcome this obstacle and indeed, FY19, the first year of her presidency, would be our first balanced budget in a significant number of years.” – Maria Calzada, Ph.D., Dean of Arts and Sciences

Left: Video from Chris Wiseman, Ph.D. (‘88), Vice President of University Advancement

Rev. John P. Fitzgibbons, S.J., Regis University (2012)

“Fr. Fitzgibbons is a principled and consistent voice for those in need, from the unhoused and immigrants, to refugees. Whether here in Colorado or across the world in Africa, he is an advocate for racial justice and equity in society. He was a president, leader and pastor who helped us navigate both good and difficult passages that we all experienced.” – Cody Teets, Interim President

“He has acted as a constant agent of change at Regis, where I experienced his tireless efforts in empowering those at the margins, encouraging and enabling them to become active participants in our community. These deeds exemplify the love defined by St. Ignatius and the character of Fr. John Fitzgibbons, S.J.” – Salvador Aceves, Senior Vice President and CFO

Rev. Thomas B. Curran, S.J., Rockhurst University (2006)

“Fr. Curran is an exceptional leader, mentor and confidant, and a caring and humble person. His quick wit, humor, and laugh are refreshing and have lightened the stress level experienced over the years. And, as if that was not enough, he hand delivers a dozen fresh donuts from our favorite baker every Saturday morning to our police officers and dispatchers working the weekend shift!” – Chief Randy Hopkins ‘20, Department of Safety and Security

“As I have progressed through my time in school, I have gotten to see another side of Fr. Curran: as a professor. In his Catholic Social Teaching course, I was enlightened to what it truly means to live for and with others in the pursuit of justice for all. He led by example and showed true dedication to living like Jesus would, all while taking on the tremendous duty of being the president of a university during a pandemic.’ – Drew Hedrick, Rockhurst University ‘23

Dr. Mark C. Reed, Saint Joseph’s University (2015)

“Mark and his leadership team have set a path of strategic transformation that will launch our proud university into a new era of excellence: Excellence in our academic standing, excellence in the breadth of our educational programs, excellence in our student experience, and excellence in our campus experience.” – James Norris, Chair, Board of Trustees

“His deep understanding of and commitment to Jesuit education is remarkable and guides his actions each and every day.” – Sarah Quinn ’89, ’09 (MBA) Associate Vice President & Chief of Staff

“I will be forever thankful to Dr. Reed for hiring me as the first female Director of Athletics in the Atlantic 10 Conference. During the four years we have worked together, Dr. Reed has taught me a great deal about leadership; challenged me in ways that made me better; and supported me unconditionally during tough times.” – Jill Bodensteiner, Vice President & Director of Athletics

Dr. Antoine M. Garibaldi, University of Detroit Mercy (2011)

“When we hired Dr. Antoine Garibaldi in 2011, I knew we were getting an experienced academic leader, a scholar, and someone who would embrace the Jesuit and Mercy charisms. What I didn’t realize was that we would benefit from his exceptional fondness for and care of our students and staff, that he would give so much time to make Detroit a better community, that his wife, Carol, would enthusiastically engage in Detroit Mercy activities, and that I would find a dear friend.” John D. Lewis, Detroit Mercy Board of Trustees (Chairman: 2010-17)

“With momentum gained during Dr. Antoine Garibaldi’s leadership, Detroit Mercy is set up better than ever for future growth. His tenure was marked by an increase in regional and national prominence and more program/facility building to draw more students to our dual charisms (Jesuit and Mercy). He helped position the university to effectively adapt to the realities of pandemic-era higher education.” – Dr. Matthew Mio, Chair, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

“President Garibaldi has focused on improving access to higher education throughout his professional career. He has been committed to creating a boundless future that truly embraces diversity, inclusion and equity. Thank you, Antoine, for all you have done to enhance the mission of Detroit Mercy as we seek to educate leaders in service to others in the spirit of Catherine McAuley and St. Ignatius of Loyola.” – Sisters of Mercy of the Americas at University of Detroit Mercy

It’s been an exciting spring for the Class of 2022, with a return to in-person commencement ceremonies on Jesuit campuses! We’ve compiled a photo gallery and series of videos from our schools’ ceremonies over the past six weeks; please watch them by clicking on the YouTube or Vimeo links below. Please send any questions or comments to Deanna Howes Spiro, AJCU’s Vice President of Communications: dhowes@ajcunet.edu.

Please note: Santa Clara University and Seattle University will host undergraduate commencement ceremonies on June 11-12. We will update this page with photos and videos from the ceremonies next week. In addition, we salute the Class of 2022 at our international member, St. John’s College in Belize, and our associate member, Campion College at the University of Regina in Canada!

Commencement Recap Videos

Boston College (Chestnut Hill, MA)
Fordham University (Bronx & Manhattan, NY)
Regis University (Denver, CO)
College of the Holy Cross (Worcester, MA)
Georgetown University (Washington, D.C.)
Xavier University (Cincinnati, OH)
Creighton University (Omaha, NE)
Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles, CA)

Meet the Graduates & Commencement Speakers

John Carroll University (University Heights, OH)
Loyola University New Orleans (New Orleans, LA)
University of San Francisco (San Francisco, CA)
Marquette University (Milwaukee, WI)

Full Ceremonies (Including Playlists)

Loyola University Maryland (Baltimore, MD)
The University of Scranton (Scranton, PA)
Gonzaga University (Spokane, WA)
Saint Joseph’s University (Philadelphia, PA)
Le Moyne College (Syracuse, NY)
Saint Louis University (St. Louis, MO)

Contact: Deanna Howes Spiro, Vice President of Communications, AJCU
(202) 862-9893, dhowes@ajcunet.edu

It’s that time of year again! The following is a list of speakers and dates for the 2022 commencement ceremonies at the nation’s Jesuit colleges and universities. Please note that this list will continue to be updated; stay tuned for more speaker announcements over the next few weeks.

Pictured above: Rev. Dr. Calvin O. Butts, III (Fordham University), Abby Wambach (Loyola Marymount University), Dwyane Wade (Marquette University), Br. Guy Consolmagno, S.J. (Saint Joseph’s University), U.S. Representative Sharice Davids (D-KS; Seattle University). All photos courtesy of Jesuit colleges and universities, and/or Wiki Commons.

Boston College: May 23 (Undergraduate, Graduate), May 27 (Law)
Undergraduate, Graduate: Kyriakos Mitsotakis (Prime Minister of Greece), Law: Kimberly S. Budd (Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court)

Canisius University: May 18 (Graduate), May 21 (Undergraduate)
Student speakers (TBD)

College of the Holy Cross: May 27
Abraham Verghese (best-selling author and infectious disease physician)

Creighton University: May 12 (College of Nursing, School of Medicine, School of Pharmacy and Health Professions), May 13 (Graduate School, Heider College of Business Graduate Programs, School of Law, School of Dentistry), May 14 (Undergraduate)
Natalie Diaz (Pulitzer Prize-winning poet)

Fairfield University: May 21 (Graduate), May 22 (Undergraduate)
Undergraduate: Robert D. Manfred, Jr. (attorney, business executive, and current Commissioner of Major League Baseball); Graduate: Allison Rivera (president of Saint Martin de Porres Academy in New Haven, CT)

Fordham University: May 21
Rev. Dr. Calvin O. Butts, III (social activist and pastor of Harlem’s historic Abyssinian Baptist Church)

Georgetown University: May 19 (McCourt School of Public Policy), May 20 (Graduate School, School of Continuing Studies, McDonough School of Business), May 21 (Georgetown College, School of Nursing & Health Studies, Walsh School of Foreign Service), May 22 (School of Medicine, Law Center)

Gonzaga University: May 7 (Law, Graduate), May 8 (Undergraduate)
Law: Gloria Nevarez (attorney and West Coast Conference commissioner), Graduate: Terry Payne (businessman and philanthropist), Undergraduate: Angela Jones, J.D. ’16 (educator)

John Carroll University: May 21 (Graduate), May 22 (Undergraduate)
Graduate: Marla E. Pérez-Davis, Ph.D. (director of NASA Glenn Research Center), Undergraduate: Jackie Acho, Ph.D. (president of the Acho Group and author of Currency of Empathy)

Le Moyne College: May 20 (Graduate), May 22 (Undergraduate)
Graduate: Dr. Kimberly Townsend (president and CEO of Loretto, a continuing care system located in New York), Undergraduate: Jonathan Capehart (Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and Washington Post columnist), U.S. Representative John Katko (R-NY)

Loyola Marymount University: May 7 (Undergraduate), May 8 (Graduate), May 15 (Law)
Undergraduate: Abby Wambach (Olympian, activist and author), Graduate: Francisco C. Rodriguez, Ph.D. (Chancellor of the Los Angeles Community College District), Law: Hon. André Birotte Jr. (Justice, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California)

Loyola University Chicago: May 10 (School of Education and School of Environmental Sustainability, The Graduate School and Institute of Pastoral Studies), May 11 (Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, School of Social Work and Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health), May 12 (Quinlan School of Business, School of Communication & School of Continuing and Professional Studies), May 13 (College of Arts and Sciences), May 14 (School of Law, Stritch School of Medicine)

On August 13, Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago will hold its commencement ceremony.

Loyola University Maryland: May 14
Anisya Fritz, Ph.D. ’85 (entrepreneur, business strategist, and humanitarian)

Loyola University New Orleans: May 13 (Law), May 14 (Undergraduate, Graduate)
Law: Honorable Calvin Johnson (retired chief judge of Orleans Parish District Court), Undergraduate, Graduate: Sean Payton (head coach of the New Orleans Saints)

Marquette University: May 21 (Law), May 22 (Undergraduate, Graduate)
Law: Hon. Elizabeth B. Prelogar (Solicitor General of the United States), Undergraduate: Dwyane Wade (three-time NBA champion, Olympic gold medalist, former Marquette men’s basketball player), Graduate: Thelma A. Sias (former vice president for local affairs at We Energies)

Regis University: April 30 (Graduate, Doctoral), May 1 (Undergraduate)
Jessica Herrera-Flanigan (vice president for public policy and philanthropy for the Americas at Twitter; Regis Trustee)

Rockhurst University: May 14
Undergraduate Student Speaker: Emily Virginia Dickson (candidate for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Research College of Nursing), Graduate Student Speaker: Joseph Xavier Straws (candidate for the degree of Doctor of Physical Therapy)

Saint Joseph’s University: May 21 (Undergraduate, Graduate)
Undergraduate: Br. Guy Consolmagno, S.J. (director of the Vatican Observatory and president of the Vatican Observatory Foundation), Graduate: A. Bruce Crawley ’67 (president and principal owner of Millennium 3 Management, Inc.)

Saint Louis University: May 21
Andrés Gallegos, J.D. (Law ’93; Chair of the National Council on Disability)

Saint Peter’s University: May 26
Rev. DeForest B. Soaries, Jr., D. Min. (pastor emeritus at First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens, NJ and former secretary of State of New Jersey)

Santa Clara University: June 11 (Undergraduate, Graduate)
No commencement speaker for 2022

Seattle University: May 14 (Law), June 12 (Undergraduate, Graduate)
Undergraduate: U.S. Representative Sharice Davids (D-KS), Graduate: Rev. Edward Reese, S.J. (President, St. Ignatius College Preparatory in San Francisco), Rev. Thomas Reese, S.J. (renowned journalist and scholar)

Spring Hill College: May 7
Merceria Ludgood (District One Mobile County Commissioner)

The University of Scranton: May 21 (Undergraduate, Graduate)
Rev. Herbert B. Keller, S.J. (Vice President for Mission and Ministry at The University of Scranton)

University of Detroit Mercy: May 13 (School of Dentistry, School of Law), May 14 (Graduate, Undergraduate)
Speakers TBD

University of San Francisco: May 19 (School of Education), May 20 (School of Management, School of Law, School of Nursing and Health Professions), May 21 (College of Arts and Sciences)

Xavier University: May 14 (Undergraduate, Graduate)
Undergraduate: Mark A. Godsey (director of the Ohio Innocence Project at the University of Cincinnati’s Institute for Justice), Graduate: Rev. Thomas Firestone (lead pastor of the Catholic Community of Flint, MI)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In September 2020, a new collaboration emerged against the backdrop of the pandemic: a network of racially and ethnically diverse nursing faculty across 18 Jesuit nursing schools in the United States. The Jesuit Diverse Nursing Faculty Network serves to better facilitate success in scholarship, leadership, teaching, and the professional development of racially and ethnically diverse nursing faculty.

After nearly a year and half of strategic collaboration between its members, the network is now the newest Conference of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU). AJCU’s president, Rev. Michael J. Garanzini, S.J., said, “We are grateful for the leadership of the network’s co-founders, Dr. Kumhee Ro of Seattle University and Dr. Edilma Yearwood of Georgetown University, for organizing such an impressive program. It is because of their work that faculty at nursing schools across the country now have opportunities for greater support, as well as professional development, in nursing. We are delighted to welcome the network to our system of AJCU Conferences.”

In just a year and a half, the network has seen several accomplishments to further develop and support racially and ethnically diverse nursing faculty. These include the sponsorship of a junior faculty member to become a fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP); the formation of a manuscript subcommittee to support scholarship; Zoom sessions on best practices for tenure and promotion; and collaboration with the Jesuit Conference of Nursing Programs.

Dr. Kumhee Ro said, “We feel that this network is a starting point to foster a culture that not only recruits, but also supports racial and ethnic nurse educators who can better meet the changing landscape of the nursing student demographics, and contribute to policies and initiatives to advance health equity and social justice. We know that becoming an AJCU Conference will help us to further build our network with other Conference leaders and help us achieve our goals more effectively.”

To learn more about the Jesuit Diverse Nursing Faculty Network, please click here.

On March 4-5, leaders in Jesuit higher education gathered at Saint Louis University (SLU) for a special forum organized by the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU). Twenty of AJCU’s 28 member institutions were represented.

The college and university presidents, trustees, and Jesuit provincials gathered at SLU to explore ways that all three entities can work more closely together to deliver on the promise of Jesuit higher education.

“The post-pandemic world for all of higher education is undergoing many changes and challenges. Jesuit higher education is no exception,” said AJCU President Rev. Michael Garanzini, S.J. “During last weekend’s meeting of presidents, provincials and board chairs — those most responsible for the vitality and integrity of our schools — at Saint Louis University, it was gratifying to see the unanimity for keeping our mission the central focus of our efforts to respond to these changes.”

During the forum, Stephanie Russell, Ed.D., AJCU’s vice president for mission integration, talked about the Association’s formation programs designed to help ensure that lay presidents and board chairs will — in partnership with the Jesuits — carry their institutions’ Jesuit mission and identity into the future. It was a timely topic as the proportion of Jesuit and lay presidents has changed substantially during the last decade. Just over 10 years ago, there were four lay presidents among AJCU institutions. As of this fall, there will be 23 lay presidents and only five Jesuits (one of whom will be interim).

“It was particularly important that we gathered face to face with new, experienced, and transitioning leaders – presidents and board chairs together – to identify shared opportunities and challenges ahead of us,” said SLU President Fred P. Pestello, Ph.D. “In dialogue together, we were able to address critical questions: How do we move toward addressing challenges collectively? And are there ways to better collaborate across our universities?”

The forum also included a conversation on today’s leadership hosted by Fr. Garanzini with Tania Tetlow, J.D., current president of Loyola University New Orleans and incoming president of Fordham University, and Paul S. Viviano, chair of the Loyola Marymount University Board of Trustees.

In addition, Mark Reed, Ed.D., president of Saint Joseph’s University; John Nicolai, chair of the University of San Francisco (USF) Board of Trustees; and Robert Reklaitis, chair of the Le Moyne College Board of Trustees, facilitated a discussion on the financial and demographic challenges facing higher education today.

Rev. Paul Fitzgerald, S.J., president of USF and chair of the AJCU Board of Directors, closed out the first day of the forum with a session addressing wide-ranging questions, including how AJCU and the Society of Jesus can support schools in a new era of challenges and opportunities.

While they were on campus, the leaders had an opportunity to spend time in one of SLU’s oldest settings, the Pere Marquette Gallery, and to see SLU’s newest facility, the Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Building. They also attended Mass at St. Francis Xavier College Church and toured the Saint Louis University Museum of Art.

This article was first published on slu.edu and is re-purposed here with permission from Saint Louis University. All photo courtesy of SLU. Click here to read Fr. Garanzini’s remarks on the future of Jesuit higher education.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has prompted Jesuit colleges and universities to issue statements in support of Ukraine, host prayer vigils on campus, and sponsor dialogues and panels online. AJCU has also expressed its solidarity with Ukrainian students by joining the higher education community in signing onto a letter to the U.S. Department of State, requesting flexibility for student visas, while Jesuit Refugee Service/USA has created a resource page, including an action form to contact Congress for additional support.

The following schools have issued statements from their presidents: Fordham University, Georgetown University, Le Moyne College, Loyola University Chicago, Loyola University Maryland, Rockhurst University, Saint Louis University, The University of Scranton and the University of San Francisco. Mission and ministry leaders at Creighton University, Fairfield University, Loyola Marymount University, Marquette University, Regis University, Saint Joseph’s University, Saint Peter’s University, Seattle University and Spring Hill College have also offered prayer resources and information on vigils for their campus communities.

The attacks have prompted faculty experts at the College of the Holy Cross and Saint Joseph’s University to discuss the geopolitical issues at play between Russia and Ukraine in panels and online Q&As, while this week, Fairfield University will host a faculty panel discussion, open to all.

The images above are courtesy of Regis University, Saint Louis University and The University of Scranton: blue and yellow lights were projected onto the Main Hall at Regis and the St. Francis Xavier College Church at SLU (photo by Erin Schmidt) last week, while the Class of 2020 Gateway at Scranton was lit in blue and yellow.

We will continue to share information on campus support for Ukraine in the weeks to come: please send your updates to Deanna Howes Spiro: dhowes@ajcunet.edu.

Photo courtesy Loyola University Chicago

It’s a December tradition we all look forward to—our AJCU schools’ thoughtfully and creatively producing Christmas videos that feature greetings and well wishes from presidents, faculty, staff and students.

Please click on the icons below to view this year’s videos.

A hearty “Thank you!” to the AJCU Marketing & Communications Network for sharing these beautiful videos with us, and for putting so much time and energy into their productions. (Many thanks, also, to Loyola University Chicago for the image in our Christmas card here!)

Many of our schools have been celebrating that this year, “Christmas is back!” While the holiday season still may not look exactly as it did on campuses in years past, renewed feelings of joy, hope and celebration have been keeping spirits bright.

We hope you enjoy these special celebrations. Merry, Merry Christmas!

Please note that this page updates in real time. Please send any additional videos and content to Melissa Leddy at mleddy@ajcunet.edu. Thank you so much!

(Please note that we’ve archived last year’s Christmas content here.)


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Le Moyne College

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Boston College

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Santa Clara University

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Creighton University

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