Presidential Inauguration Program

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INAUGURATION Xavier A. Cole, Ed.D. Eighteenth President Loyola University New Orleans

Friday, the tenth of November Two Thousand and Twenty Three Three O’clock P.M. Holy Name of Jesus Church Loyola University New Orleans, Louisiana

A HISTORY OF LEADERSHIP PRESIDENTS OF ST. CHARLES COLLEGE 1837 – 1840 1840 – 1844 1844 – 1846 1847 – 1848

Rev. Nicholas Point, S.J. Rev. Joseph Soller, S.J. Rev. Maurice Oakley, S.J. Rev. John Abbadie, S.J.

PRESIDENTS OF THE COLLEGE OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION 1849 – 1853 1 8 5 3 – 1859 1860 – 1862 1862 – 1874 1874 – 1878 1878 – 1879 1880 – 1887 1887 – 1890 1890 – 1895 1895 – 1899 1899 – 1901 1901 – 1904

Rev. John Baplist Esseiva, S.J. Rev. Joseph Roduit, S.J. Rev. Antonio Usannaz, S.J. Rev. Felix Benausse, S.J. Rev. Robert Ollivier, S.J. Rev. F. Gautrelet, S.J. Rev. T.W. Butler, S.J. Rev. J.F. O’Conner, S.J. Rev. D. McKiniry, S.J. Rev. H.C. Semple, S.J. Rev. J. Brislan, S.J. Rev. H.S. Maring, S.J.

PRESIDENTS OF LOYOLA UNIVERSITY NEW ORLEANS 1904 – 1913 19 1 3 – 1919 1919 – 1924 1924 – 1925 1925 – 1931 19 3 1 – 1936 1936 – 1939 1939 – 1945 1945 – 1952 1952 – 1961 1961 – 1966 1966 – 1970 1970 – 1974 1974 – 1995 1995 – 2003 2003 – 2004 2004 – 2018 2018 – 2022 2022 – 2023

Rev. Albert Biever, S.J. Rev. Alphonse E. Oris, S.J. Rev. Edward A. Cummings, S.J. Rev. Francis X. Twellmeyer, S.J. Rev. Florence D. Sullivan, S.J. Rev. John W. Hynes, S.J. Rev. Harold A. Gaudin, S.J. Rev. Percy A. Roy, S.J. Rev. Thomas J. Shields, S.J. Rev. W. Patrick Donnelly, S.J. Rev. Andrew C. Smith, S.J. Rev. Homer R. Jolley, S.J. Rev. Michael F. Kennelly, S.J. Rev. James C. Carter, S.J. Rev. Bernard P. Knoth, S.J. Rev. William J. Byron, S.J. (interim) Rev. Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J. Tania Tetlow, J.D. Rev. Justin Daffron, S.J. (interim)

Xavier A. Cole, Ed.D. Xavier A. Cole, Ed.D., an experienced higher education leader dedicated to preserving the tenets of a Jesuit education and empowering the campus community, is Loyola’s 18th president. In his career of nearly three decades in higher education, President Cole has been guided by Ignatian-influenced educational ideals of fortifying the mind, body, and spirit. At Loyola, he is committed to strengthening the university by seeking mission-aligned partnerships in the New Orleans region and beyond, improving the school’s financial health and stability, and investing in those who work and learn here. Dr. Cole is the first person of color and the second layperson to serve as president since Loyola’s chartering in 1912.

Division of Student Affairs at Marquette University beginning in 2016. He brought a particular passion to access and engagement initiatives for first-generation students and those from varying socioeconomic backgrounds and ethnicities. Earlier in his career, President Cole spent more than two decades shaping student life at higher education institutions in Maryland and Wisconsin. In 2013, he explored the outcomes of mission identity programs at U.S. Jesuit universities and analyzed their effectiveness in preparing future lay leaders for Jesuit universities, while earning his doctorate in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania.

Originally from Biloxi, Mississippi, he holds a bachelor’s in history from the University of Mississippi and a master’s degree in history from Miami University (Ohio). He discovered his passion for student affairs as a resident advisor at Ole Miss and then as a graduate hall director at Miami.

Dr. Cole and his wife, historian Dr. Susanne DeBerry Cole, are delighted to join the Greater New Orleans community. A practiced trombone and euphonium player, Dr. Cole is well-suited for this next chapter of life in the birthplace of jazz.

Before returning to his Gulf Coast roots at Loyola, President Cole served as the Vice President of the 1


The following history of the seal of the university is from Loyola University New Orleans: A compendium of historical information to approximately 1974, Vol. 1, by I.A. Timmreck and Francis L. Janssen, S.J.

“Martin Garcia of Onaz and Loyola, the Lord of these two houses and elder brother of Ignatius, says: ‘And whoever shall inherit this, my entailed estate, shall be bound to be called by my surname and ancestry of Onaz and Loyola, and to wear and carry my arms and insignia in camp and wherever he may go. Which said arms of my said house and ancestry of Onaz are seven red bars on a field of gold. And those of the house of Loyola, black pot hangers and two gray wolves with a kettle hung from said pot hangers, which wolves aforesaid hold the kettle between them and are attached on either side with their paws resting on the handles of said kettle; the whole to be placed on a white field, keeping the one and the other apart; those of my said house of Onaz, my entailed estate, at right, as the head of this writing.’”

The coat of arms of the Loyola family at the time of St. Ignatius is well known from a description given by the saint’s elder brother Don Martin. The family was known, as is the custom in Spain, by the paternal and maternal name Onaz y Loyola. The family of Loyola and its arms go back to at least the tenth century, but in 1261, the inheritance was held by a woman, Dona Inez de Loyola, who espoused Don Lepe de Onaz, belonging to a family not less noble than Loyola, and whose estates were not distant from it. The two families thus united preserved their names of Onaz y Loyola and armorial bearing both families. The arms of the Loyola family consisted of two gray wolves with a kettle suspended from black pot hooks, the wolves holding the kettle between them. The wolves and the pot answered the name of the family as “lobo” (Spanish for wolf) and “olla” (Spanish for pot) were united into “Lobo y Olla” (the wolf and the pot) and this contracted into Loyola. A wolf was the device of the Ricos homines­­—the nobility and the whole design was taken to represent the generosity of the house of Loyola. “For the country people still full of remembrance of Ignatius and his ancestry, relate that this name was given in those feudal times when great lords made war upon one another with a bank of followers, whom they were bound to maintain; and this the family of Loyola used to do with such liberality, that the wolves always found something in the kettle to feast on after the soldiers were supplied.” The house of Onaz was represented by seven red bars on a field of gold. This was a mark of great honor as it was granted to the house of Onaz by the king to wear those seven bands on their shields as a mark of the bravery of seven heroes of the family, who so distinguished themselves in the famous battle of Beotibar in 1321 where 800 Spaniards defeated 70,000 French, Navarrese, and Gascons.

It will be seen as Garcia gives the preference to the family of Onaz, both on account of being the paternal line and of the seven heroes of Beotibar being recorded on its shield by the seven bars. However this may be, it is certain that in the course of time, as the lords of the noble house always occupied the castle of Loyola, that name prevailed and that of Onaz was dropped. The seal, which was adopted by Loyola University in the summer of 1929, revealed the coat of arms of the house of Loyola with the emblem of the Society of Jesus at the top. Above the figures of the wolves appear the fleur-de-lis, which represents the French origin of our city and state. Beneath it is a pelican feeding the young with her own blood: This depicts Loyola as an institution of the state of Louisiana.


LOYOLA UNIVERSITY’S CEREMONIAL MACE Loyola University’s ceremonial mace is an ornamental mace traditionally carried at the head of academic processions as a symbol of educational authority and institutional identity. Its design and appearance typically resemble a metal torch or cross decorated by carvings including the university seal. The Loyola mace was designed in 1995 by then Department of Visual Arts faculty member Erik Johnson. It is carried as a symbol of authority in processions at commencement and other academic ceremonies. During other times of the year, it is on permanent display in Marquette Hall. The iconography on the mace is derived from the seal of the university as designed in 1929 and stylized in 1970. The arms of the Loyola family consist of two gray wolves suspending a kettle between them. This is seen as a symbol of generosity because it signifies such abundance that after everyone was fed there was always something left in the pot upon which the wolves could feast. The fleur-de-lis represents the French origins of the state and city. The pelican feeding her young with her own blood affiliates Loyola with the state of Louisiana. The wolves, fleur-de-lis, pelican, and bottom termination are of cast bronze. The kettle, with the facade of Marquette Hall in low relief, is cast iron. Overall length is approximately thirty-three inches. The staff is inscribed with the following significant dates in Loyola University New Orleans history: MCMXII — 1912 — chartering of Loyola University; MDCCCXLIX — 1849 — founding of the College of the Immaculate Conception; MDCCCXXXVII — 1837 — founding of St. Charles College; MDCCXXVI — 1726 — arrival of the Society of Jesus in Louisiana; and 2012 — the 100th anniversary of Loyola’s charter.

THE PRESIDENT’S MEDALLION During commencement and other academic ceremonies, a ceremonial medal is worn by the university president. The concept of a president’s medallion is historically significant. In ancient and medieval Europe, such insignia was worn by figures of authority as a means of distinction. The medallion traditionally hangs from the wearer’s neck as a breast plate. Loyola’s President’s Medallion is a gold-tipped reproduction of the university seal, to which two fleursde-lis and a Roman cross have been added. The Roman cross symbolizes Loyola’s Catholic character and is inscribed with the date 1726, the year of the arrival of the Society of Jesus in Louisiana. The two fleurs-de-lis link the medal to its sterling silver chain, emphasizing Loyola’s link and commitment to the French heritage of the city of New Orleans and Louisiana. The right fleur-de-lis is inscribed with the date 1849, which was the year the College of the Immaculate Conception was founded on Baronne Street. St. Charles College and the College of the Immaculate Conception were the predecessors of Loyola College and Loyola University, now Loyola University New Orleans.


HISTORY OF LOYOLA UNIVERSITY NEW ORLEANS AND ITS JESUIT TRADITION In the 1880s, the last tract of uptown New Orleans began to be developed, including Audubon Park as the site of the 1884 Cotton Centennial Exposition. Father O’Shanahan was offered the land now occupied by Loyola and Tulane universities for $75,000, but settled on a smaller parcel that fronted St. Charles Avenue and ran to the Claiborne Canal. It was purchased for $22,500, paid in three installments at six-percent interest.

Loyola University New Orleans is one of 27 Jesuit universities in the United States and the largest Jesuit university in the South. True to its mission statement, Loyola University New Orleans is a Jesuit and Catholic institution of higher education which welcomes students of diverse backgrounds and prepares them to lead meaningful lives with and for others. Inspired by Ignatius of Loyola’s vision of finding God in all things, the university seeks to prepare tomorrow’s leaders by allowing them to pursue truth, wisdom, and virtue and to work for a more just world. Through teaching, research, creative activities, and service, the faculty, in cooperation with the staff, strives to educate the whole student and to benefit the larger community and the world in which we live.

In 1904, the long-planned Loyola College opened its doors, with its first president, the Rev. Albert Biever, S.J. In 1910, the Marquette Association, with the assistance of its ladies’ auxiliary, was responsible for the building of Marquette Hall, the iconic centerpiece of Loyola’s campus entrance. Mrs. Louise Thomas donated $51,000 to build the residence for the Jesuits, Thomas Hall.

The university’s rich history and its Jesuit influence date to the early 18th century. The Jesuits were among the earliest settlers of New Orleans and Louisiana. A Jesuit chaplain named Paul du Ru accompanied Iberville on his second expedition, and the Jesuits contributed greatly to the city’s growth and economic development. In 1726, they purchased a tract of land from Governor Bienville to use as a supply base as they ministered to the needs of the settlers and Native Americans. The tract consisted of most of today’s downtown New Orleans, including the Superdome. When the Jesuit order was suppressed worldwide in 1763, the land was sold at public auction.

Progress continued, and in 1911, the Jesuit schools were reorganized. Loyola moved towards becoming a full university. It took over all of the Immaculate Conception’s college programs, while Immaculate Conception became a secondary school, now Jesuit High. Loyola University New Orleans was chartered on April 15, 1912, with ownership vested in the Loyola Jesuit community. The university was authorized to grant degrees by the General Assembly of Louisiana in 1912. Loyola’s chartered date enrollment was 69 students. Loyola began by offering a broad Jesuit education in the humanities, but in the next few years expanded to professional schools. The New Orleans College of Pharmacy, incorporated in 1900 and affiliated with Loyola in 1913, was a strong presence until 1965. In 1914, the School of Dentistry was founded, along with the School of Law. The first law faculty were practicing lawyers and the first dean was Judge John St. Paul of the Court of Appeals and later associate justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court. The School of Dentistry was phased out between 1968 and 1971, replaced by the new Louisiana State University dental school in the city. These early professional schools had a lasting impact; they offered evening classes and part-time programs, opening up opportunities for working people to continue pursuing their education. They were also open to women.

It would be over 70 years later, after the Jesuit order was restored, that the Jesuits returned to Louisiana at the invitation of Bishop Antoine Blanc, who later became the first Archbishop of New Orleans. The city’s founders, including Bienville, had long hoped for a Jesuit college, and in 1837, seven Jesuit priests arrived in New Orleans to establish a boarding college. After considering several sites, they decided on a more rural location in Grand Coteau in St. Landry Parish over yellow fever-ridden New Orleans. New Orleans continued its tremendous growth, and the desire to have a Jesuit college in the city intensified. In 1847, the priests bought a small piece of the land they had owned nearly a century before and, in 1849, opened the College of the Immaculate Conception at the corner of Baronne and Common streets. As the city grew, it became obvious to Rev. John O’Shanahan, S.J., superior of the New Orleans mission, that the college was growing too quickly for its downtown campus, and he began to look for a second location.

In 1919, the New Orleans Conservatory of Music and Dramatic Art was founded by Belgian violinist Ernest E. Schuyten, Ph.D. It became an official part of Loyola in 1932, with Schuyten as dean of the College of Music. By 1935, more than 250 students had joined, most of them women.


Simulation Lab was added to Monroe Hall in 2022, providing nursing students with immersive, hands-on learning opportunities in simulated inpatient and outpatient settings.

In 1922, Loyola faculty and students ventured into broadcast media. First, they constructed a 10-watt radio station on the campus and applied to the U.S. Department of Commerce for a license to broadcast. The license was granted and the call letters WWL (signifying “World Wide Loyola”) were assigned on March 31. With the advent of television, Loyola expanded its broadcast interests. In 1956, the Federal Communication Commission granted permission for Loyola to develop WWL-TV. The station went on the air one year later. Like WWL-Radio, it emerged as one of the premiere broadcasting stations in New Orleans and one of the finest stations in the United States. In April of 1989, Loyola sold WWL-AM, its sister station WLMG-FM, and WWL-TV, establishing a solid foundation for the Loyola endowment.

As early as 1917, Loyola was offering evening classes that allowed for young adults to work during the day to support their families and take courses in the evening. Eventually, the Evening Division was chartered as City College with its own full-time faculty. For years, City College was one of the only university colleges in the nation with a separate faculty and dean dedicated solely to evening, working, and part-time students. In 2006, with the region still recovering from Hurricane Katrina, the university restructured and dissolved City College and the remaining colleges assumed responsibility for educating non-traditional students. The pandemic of the early 2020s taught us that online learning is more important than ever, and now, City College is back as the online arm of Loyola University. Today, in addition to City College, the university has five colleges: the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Music and Media, the College of Business, the College of Nursing and Health, and the College of Law.

In addition to its academic growth, Loyola has undergone tremendous physical transformation. In the mid-1960s, Loyola became a more residential university, opening two residence halls, Biever and Buddig, and the Joseph A. Danna Student Center. It also completed the largest academic structure in its history, the 180,000-square-foot J. Edgar Monroe Memorial Science Building. In the 1980s, Loyola again transformed dramatically. It expanded by purchasing the 4.2-acre Broadway campus of St. Mary’s Dominican College. The Broadway campus is now home to historic Greenville Hall, the College of Law, Cabra Residence Hall, the Broadway Activities Center, and Founders Residence Hall.

In keeping with the Jesuit principle of educating the whole person, Wolf Pack Athletics boasts 20 NAIA teams while remaining an association Five-Star Gold-Level institution. Three hundred of Loyola’s finest student-athletes represent the university in excellence on and off the field. Additionally, Loyola has over 100 student organizations including club sports, service, social, professional, faith-based, political, and more.

In 1986, Loyola dedicated the 115,000-square-foot Communications and Music Complex, home of the Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall. The music and arts conservatory founded at Loyola over 100 years ago exists within today’s College of Music and Media, which has expanded its proud legacy to include music industry studies, popular and commercial music, and hip hop and R&B, as well as journalism, communication, and design. The J. Michael Early Studio is a state-of-the-art digital communication hub named for the long-time WWL-TV general manager.

Celebrating its centennial in 2023, our student newspaper, The Maroon, has garnered hundreds of honors, including being named the nation’s Best All-Around Student Newspaper among small college newspapers by the Society of Professional Journalists and earning a national Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association.

Loyola continued to invest in academics, opening the 150,000square-foot, 550,000-volume-capacity J. Edgar and Louise S. Monroe Library in 1999, and in the student experience, with the University Sports Complex. Also completed in 1999 was a fivestory residence hall, recently renamed the Blanche and Norman C. Francis Family Hall. In 2017, Monroe Hall received an awardwinning renovation and redesign, creating modern laboratories in physics, chemistry, and biology. The Loyola Ochsner Nursing

AD MAJOREM DEI GLORIAM For the Greater Glory of God



The academic processional reminds us of the rich tradition of academic dress that reaches back to the early days of the oldest universities. Academic gowns and hats are a custom that dates back to the Middle Ages. Since early European and English universities were founded by the church, students and teachers were required to wear distinctive gowns at all times. Although the custom was brought to this country in colonial days, the requirement for students was soon dropped. The custom for professors was confined to special occasions such as graduation exercises and inaugurations of college and university presidents. With the increase in the number of educational institutions and the development of new fields of study, confusion arose about the type of gown and the color to denote various degrees. To introduce uniformity and set up a clearinghouse for new disciplines, a commission representing leading American colleges produced The Intercollegiate Code in 1895. In 1932, a national committee of the American Council on Education revised this code into The Academic Costume Code. It has since been revised several times. Although not obligatory, most of the educational institutions in the country follow it in awarding their degrees, earned and honorary. The most significant part of the academic dress is the hood. While there are bachelor’s degree hoods, many institutions reserve the wearing of hoods for graduate degrees. Each successively higher degree carries with it a longer hood. The doctoral hood also has side panels on the back. The color of its velvet border indicates the academic field, and it is lined with the color or colors of the institution granting the degree. Although most doctoral gowns are black with black velvet bars and panels, in some cases the color of the gown is that of the university conferring the degree ­­— blue for Yale, crimson for Harvard, slate for Columbia. All such gowns have black bars and panels. Academic fields may also be indicated by the color of velvet on the doctoral gowns: three two-inch bars on the sleeves and a five-inch border extending from the back of the neck down the two sides in front. Caps are black. Gowns for bachelor’s and master’s degrees are plain black, but sleeves of the latter are short with trailing “elbows.” Doctoral gowns of European universities are usually very colorful. The caps are often not of the conventional mortarboard shape. Many examples may be seen among Loyola faculty and delegates participating in the inauguration ceremony. Loyola University New Orleans Board of Trustees members are wearing maroon robes.








WELCOME.................................................................................................................................. The Rev. Gregory Waldrop, S.J., Ph.D.

Rector, Loyola Jesuit Community of New Orleans and Secretary and Treasurer of the Board of Trustees Master of Ceremonies

NATIONAL ANTHEM INVOCATION................................................................................................................................ The Rev. Brian Linnane, S.J., Ph.D.

Professor of Religious Studies, Lanigan Chair in Ethics, LeMoyne College

GREETINGS AND CALLS FOR SERVICE The Hon. Troy A. Carter, Sr. ....................................................................................................................................U.S. Congressman

on behalf of Louisiana’s 2nd Congressional District

Stephanie Russell, Ed.D. ........................................................................................................Vice President for Mission Integration Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities Eugenio Hernandez III ’07 ................................................................................................... President, Loyola Alumni Association on behalf of the alumni of Loyola University New Orleans

M. Isabel Medina, J.D. ............................................................................................................................Chair, University Senate and on behalf of the faculty of Loyola University New Orleans Ferris Family Distinguished Professor of Law Mary M. Musso ’96 ........................................................................................................................................... Chair, Staff Senate and on behalf of the staff of Loyola University New Orleans Associate Director of Financial Aid

Makayla Hawkins ’24................................................................................................... President, Student Government Association

on behalf of the students of Loyola University New Orleans

Michele C. Murray, Ph.D. ........................................................... Senior Vice President for Student Development and Mission College of the Holy Cross 8


INTRODUCTION OF THE PRESIDENT Susan M. Donovan, Ph.D.................................................................................................................President, Bellarmine University

CHARGE OF OFFICE AND THE PRESENTATION OF THE SYMBOL OF OFFICE.................................................................................................................. Robért LeBlanc ’00 Chair of the Board of Trustees

The Rev. Gregory Waldrop, S.J., Ph.D. Rector, Loyola Jesuit Community of New Orleans and Secretary and Treasurer of the Board of Trustees

INAUGURAL ADDRESS............................................................................................................................Xavier A. Cole, Ed.D.

University President


BENEDICTION........................................................................................................... The Most Reverend Gregory M. Aymond Archbishop of New Orleans



DELEGATES FROM LEARNED SOCIETIES AND ASSOCIATIONS 1776 Phi Beta Kappa Robert R.M. Verchick Professor 1837 Congregation of Holy Cross, U.S. Province of Priests & Brothers Dr. Christopher Haug Provincial Assistant

1899 Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities Michelle Evans Director, Marketing and Membership 1904 Sigma Pi Phi, The Boulé Mitchell F. Crusto Professor

1922 Sigma Theta Tau Dr. Karen Macey-Stewart Loyola School of Nursing 1983 Louisiana Association of Independent Colleges and Universities Dr. Eric A. Turner President and CEO

1913 Beta Gamma Sigma International Business Honor Society Stephanie Bautsch Loyola Director of Information Management

DELEGATES FROM COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES 1636 Harvard University Dr. Matthew Hartley, Alumnus

1851 The Florida State University Dr. M.L. “Cissy” Petty, Alumna

1896 Adelphi University Dr. Kimberly Sluis, Trustee

1740 University of Pennsylvania Dr. Emel Songu Mize, Alumna

1861 Vassar College Dr. Edward Pittman Senior Associate Dean Emeritus

1898 University of Louisiana at Lafayette Dr. Margarita Perez, Dean of Students

1869 Dillard University Dr. Rochelle L. Ford, President

1899 Mercy College of Health Sciences Dr. Adreain Henry, President

1876 University of Northern Iowa Dr. Heather Harbach Vice President for Student Life

1901 University of Portland Dr. Robert D. Kelly, President

1782 Washington College Dr. Sarah Feyerherm Vice President of Student Affairs 1809 Miami University Dr. Susanne DeBerry Cole, Alumna 1825 Centenary College of Louisiana Dr. Fred Landry Vice President for Development 1834 Wheaton College Dr. Darnell T. Parker Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students 1842 Mary Baldwin University Dr. Jeffrey P. Stein, President 1842 University of Notre Dame Ellen Reed, Alumna

1879 Columbus College of Art & Design Dr. Melanie Corn, President 1890 Boston Architectural College Dr. Mahesh Daas, President 1890 University of Chicago Dr. R. Ranney Mize, Alumnus 1890 University of North Texas Dr. LeAnne Steen, Alumna


1906 Louisiana Christian University Dr. Rick Brewer, President 1911 City Colleges of Chicago Dr. Stacia Edwards, Deputy Provost 1916 The University of Holy Cross Dr. Stanton McNeely III, President 1919 Babson College Dr. Lawrence P. Ward, Vice President for Learner Success and Dean of Campus Life

1923 Notre Dame Seminary The Very Rev. Joshua J. Rodrigue President 1923 Texas Tech University Dr. Craig S. Hood, Alumnus

1945 Berklee College of Music Dr. Betsy Newman Interim Executive Vice President and SVP for Student Enrollment and Engagement

1925 Xavier University of Louisiana Dr. Reynold Verret, President

1950 Bellarmine University Dr. Sean J. Ryan Senior Vice President

1951 Calumet College of St. Joseph Dr. Amy McCormack, President 1958 University of New Orleans Dr. Kathy E. Johnson, President 1965 University of Maine at Augusta Dr. Rebecca M. Wyke, Former President 2002 London Metropolitan University Dr. Julie Hall Deputy Vice-Chancellor

1942 Felician University Dr. Ann Guillory Professor and Assistant Vice President

DELEGATES FROM JESUIT COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES 1789 Georgetown University Dr. Jeanne Lord Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

1881 Marquette University Dr. Kimo Ah Yun Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs 1888 The University of Scranton John D. Sileo, Esq., Alumnus

1830 Spring Hill College Dr. Mary H. Van Brunt, President

1891 Seattle University Erin Swezey Program Director, Student Development Administration

1852 Loyola University Maryland Dr. Rodney L. Parker Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer 1863 Boston College The Rev. Robert Gerlich, S.J., Ph.D. Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies

1911 Loyola Marymount University Dr. Timothy Law Snyder, President 1942 Fairfield University Dr. William H. Johnson Associate Vice President and Dean of Student Life

1870 Loyola University Chicago Dr. Keith Champagne Vice President for Student Development


DELEGATES OF STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS IN ATTENDANCE UNDERGRADUATE National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and Living Our Vision Everyday Nyla Cunningham

Alpha Chi Omega Stephanie Oblena Black Student Union Makayla Williams

National Pan-Hellenic Council Nia Woodside

Collegiate Panhellenic Council Amélie Huval

Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society Diamond Dixon

Delta Gamma Olivia DeSantos

Phi Gamma Delta Brad Corcoran

Delta Sigma Pi Elena Consuegra

Pi Kappa Phi James Salinas

Diversifying Pre-Health Viviana Nieto

Pre-Law Amari Glover

Eta Theta Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Blakeley Cathey

Public Relations Student Society of America Yulenda Timothy

Gamma Phi Beta Bailee Nguyen

Residential Student Board Esther Effiong

Kappa Alpha Psi Torron Brown

Rho Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. El-Kalif Cooper

Kpop Dance Club Tarica Paige

Students for a Democratic Society Carson Cruse

Lemon Pepper Ari Jackson

The National Society of Leadership and Success Marian Lauren Gomez

Loyno Caribbean and African Student Association Marisela Guity

Theta Phi Alpha Marin Trepagnier

LOYNO Plus+ Melany Serrata

University Honors Association Mia Bordelon

Loyola à La Mode Morgan Love

Wolf Pack for Life Marcus Blea

Loyola Soccer Club Hector Noe Garcia

Zeta Phi Beta Nilya McKenzie

Loyola University Community Action Program Olufemi Adegoke


LAW Black Law Student Association Taylor Avery Sports and Entertainment Law Society Parker Harrell


ALUMNI BOARD AND CHAPTER REPRESENTATIVES Robert Allen Natasha Alveshire Jenna Cronin Patricia Crowley Lily Cummings Trent Dang Michael M. Davis Ravi Dubey Michelle Dunnick Jill Farrell Terrell Fisher Juliette Frazier Kieran Harper Elyse Harrison Malika Howard Madeline Janney Shercole King Kaylen Lee Kristen Lee Chelsea Mansulich Nicholas Poche Delaney Vollmer Mary Grace Wolf


CHIEF MARSHAL mace bearer

The Rev. Justin Daffron, S.J., Ph.D. Interim Provost and Senior Vice President of Strategy

banner carrier

Paige Bahnsen Secretary, Student Bar Association

MARSHALS marshals for students Dale O’Neill Melissa Ridley Ken Weber

marshals for delegates Susan Brunson Valencia Luke Daniel McBride Paula Ruiz

marshals for facult y and staff Mary Algero Erin Dupuis Emily Eiswirth Laura Jayne

Marshals for Trustees Carmen Balthazar Lorraine Chotin

marshals for stage part y Kurt Bindewald LeAnne Steen


GREETINGS FROM COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES The following institutions of higher education have offered written greetings and congratulations to President Cole.

Abilene Christian University

Hilbert College

Alcorn State University

Holy Family University

Arcadia University

King’s College

Asbury Theological Seminary

La Salle University

Athens State University

Lipscomb University

Baylor University

Lourdes University

Brevard College

Loyola University Chicago

Carson-Newman University

Lubbock Christian University

Clemson University

Manhattan College

Coahoma Community College

Marquette University

College of Mount Saint Vincent

Marywood University

DeSales University

McMurry University

Duquesne University of the Holy Spirit

Mississippi University for Women

Fairfield University

Molloy University

Florida Gulf Coast University

Mount Saint Mary College

Florida Institute of Technology

Northern Kentucky University


Nova Southeastern University

The University of Scranton

Regis College

The University of Tennessee Knoxville

Rider University

The University of Texas at Dallas

Saint Mary of the Woods College

University of Houston

Saint Vincent College

University of Mary

Sam Houston State University

University of North Alabama

Samford University

University of North Florida

Seton Hall University

University of Saint Joseph (Connecticut)

Southern Methodist University

University of South Carolina Beaufort

St. Elizabeth University

University of Texas at San Antonio

St. Joseph’s University

Viterbo University

St. Louis University

Washington College

Tarleton State University

Wayland Baptist University

Texas State University

William Carey University

Texas Wesleyan University

Xavier University

The College of Saint Scholastica


UNIVERSITY ADMINISTRATORS Xavier A. Cole Ed.D. President The Rev. Justin Daffron, S.J., Ph.D. Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Strategy Carol Markowitz, M.B.A. Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration Alicia Bourque, Ph.D. Vice President of Student Affairs The Rev. John Cunningham, S.J., Ph.D. Vice President for Mission and Identity Rachel Hoormann ’94, M.L.I.S. Vice President of Marketing and Communications David Tracy, Ed.D. Interim Vice President of Enrollment Management Sharonda Williams, J.D. ’01 General Counsel and Director of Government Affairs Christopher Wiseman ’88, Ph.D. Vice President for University Advancement Michael Capella, Ph.D. Dean of the College of Business and Interim Dean of Libraries Paul Cesarini, Ph.D. Dean of Online and Digital Learning and City College Michelle Collins, Ph.D. Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sheryl Kennedy Haydel, Ph.D. Interim Dean of the College of Music and Media Leonard Kahn, DPhil Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences The Hon. Madeleine M. Landrieu, J.D. ’87, H’05 Dean of the College of Law


LOYOLA UNIVERSITY NEW ORLEANS BOARD OF TRUSTEES Robért LeBlanc ’00, Chair Ryan Haas ’99, M.S. ’06, Vice-Chair Xavier A. Cole, Ed.D., President The Rev. Gregory Waldrop, S.J., Ph.D., Secretary/Treasurer Michael Bell Catherine “Michie” McHardy Bissell ’64 The Rev. John Brown, S.J., Th.M. The Rev. John Cecero, S.J., Ph.D. The Rev. Thomas Curran, S.J., J.D. The Rev. Brian Dunkle, S.J., Ph.D. Benjamin Fields ’18 The Rev. Michael Garanzini, S.J., Ph.D. Joe George, M.P.S. ’18, M.B.A. Nancy Hairston ’90 Morton Katz, J.D. ’69 Stephen Kent ’73, Ph.D. Dennis Lauscha, Sr. ’93, M.B.A. Gregory Rattler, Sr. ’81, M.B.A. ’85 Scott Rodger Leah Schlater-Brown ’93, M.B.A. Jared Schoch, ’97, M.B.A. Leonardo Seoane ’91, M.D. Michael Skehan ’76 Tod Smith ’84 Stephanie Stokes, M.S. Conrad “Duke” Williams ’74, J.D. ’84

TRUSTEES EMERITI Adelaide W. Benjamin, H ’08 Donna D. Fraiche, J.D. ’75 Theodore “Ted” M. Frois, J.D. ’69 S. Derby Gisclair ’73 Anthony Laciura ’74 Jerome J. Reso, Jr., ’58, J.D. ’61 Jeanne Wolf

PRESIDENT EMERITUS The Rev. James C. Carter, S.J., Ph.D.



Vice President of Student Affairs, Chair

Sydney Begoun

Associate Director, Department of Student Life and Ministry

Jay Davis

Associate Director of Residential Life

C. Patrick Gendusa

Chair, Department of Theatre Arts & Dance and Derby and Claire Gisclair Distinguished Professor of Theatre

Rachel Hoormann

Vice President of Marketing and Communications

Makayla Hawkins

President of the Student Government Association

Akilah Laster

Director of Marketing and Communications

Adam LaHoste

Director of Financial Planning and Analysis

Laura Eichelberger Leiva

Associate Vice President for Alumni Engagement

Dale O’Neill

Assistant Vice President, Office of Student Life and Ministry

Milca Palma-Otanez

Administrative Assistant, Office of Student Affairs

Chris Rice

Director of Residential Life

Desiree Rodriguez

Senior Executive Assistant to the President and Secretary to the Board of Trustees

Damali Thomas

Assistant Athletic Director

Angela Vachetta Turnbull Special Events Manager

Kenneth Weber

Associate Director of Ministry, Office of Student Life and Ministry


LOYOLA COLLEGE OF MUSIC AND MEDIA SCHOOL OF MUSIC AND THEATRE PROFESSIONS TRUMPET Nick Volz Vance Woolf HORN Mollie Pate TROMBONE William Hess TUBA Morale Hoskins TIMPANI Demetri Castillo ORGANIST Michael Bauer VOCALIST National Anthem Julia Ernst VOCALISTS Lift Every Voice | Open My Heart | Oh Happy Day Kennadi Allen Jordan Bush Kyron Butler Renaissa Washington

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My Help, My Hope I lift my eyes to you My help, my hope The heavens (who could imagine?) The earth (only our Lord) The infinite starry spaces The world’s teeming breadth All this. I lift my eyes —upstart, delighted— And I praise.

Daniel Berrigan, S.J.

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