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Congratulations, Class of 2018!

by Kim Donoghue on 05/17/2018

"Each one of us has been created for freedom and for love, and I think in a unique way this College serves that mission so poignantly looking for places where there are members of our human family who struggle and who are marginalized in a whole variety of ways and they labor to make right what has gone wrong," said Fr. Christoper Collins, SJ.

Fr. Chris Collins at the podium

Above: Fr. Collins, SJ, Assistant to the President for Mission and Identity, gave the invocation for the College's 5th annual Precommencement ceremony on May 17, 2018.

Our 422 graduates included:

Precommencement Student Speakers:

Person-Centered Mental Health Care

Caroline Kebbe, a graduate of the Master of Social Work program, told the story of a powerful encounter she had with a 40-year-old, pregnant, intravenous drug user who sought help at the clinic where she works.

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Caroline Kebbe, Master of Social Work graduate, gives one of the 2018 Precommencement speeches.

"We see them for who they are and not for who we want them to be."

Men and Women 'For and With' Others

Souyma Ramireddy, B.S. in public health graduate, spoke about the Jesuit motto of "for and with others" and how she saw it throughout her education at Saint Louis University.

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Souyma Ramireddy, Master of Social Work graduate, gives one of the 2018 Precommencement speeches.

"The Class of 2018 ... I thank you for being the most compassionate, driven and woke students that I've ever had the pleasure of working with."

One College, Grounded in Social Justice

At this year's Precommencement ceremony, we heard from our student speakers, invited guests and faculty: social justice is the core of our identity and the fuel for our work.

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Dr. James Kimmey

"You can find this at no other institution in the country. So, if you really see the importance of community and social justice, this is the place to be," said Dr. James Kimmey, founding dean of the School of Public Health, in a video featuring students, alumni and administrators.