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SLU-Madrid Celebrates May 2023 Commencement Ceremony

by Isaiah Voss

05/12/2023

With 84 graduates representing 20 U.S. states and 24 countries, this semester marks the Madrid Campus' largest graduation.

Saint Louis University — Madrid's spring graduates show the campus' growth and diversity. Of the 47 nationalities represented among enrolled students for the spring 2023 term, those graduating make up more than half.

Graduates and audience members are shown from the back, watching a speaker on stage during the commencement ceremony of May 2023.

Commencement Ceremony May 2023. Photo by Fernando Béjar.

The Class of 2023's graduates hold passports from Albania, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, France, Georgia, Hong Kong, Italy, Kenya, Libya, Mexico, Montenegro, Morocco, Philippines, Qatar, Rwanda, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Spain, Syria, United Arab Emirates, United States of America and Venezuela.

American graduates come from California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

"Those who are graduating today embody the proud educational and formational legacy of Jesuit education, a legacy at Saint Louis University that goes back to 1818," Director and Academic Dean Paul Vita, Ph.D., said during the ceremony.

"That Jesuit education has always tried to form the whole person — mind, heart, body and soul — in schools that draw students from a variety of backgrounds. Our graduating class — so richly diverse in religious, cultural and national backgrounds — testifies to that reality."

In order of prevalence, the most popular majors among graduates are international business, political science, psychology, communication, international studies, marketing, Spanish, computer science, economics (B.S.), history and art history. Marketing and Spanish tied in sixth place with six degrees granted each. There is one economics (B.A.), and one English major.

Five students finished the one-year M.A. in political science and public affairs.

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