Graduating Greyhounds 2014

Members of the graduating Class of 2014 share their plans for the future, how their experiences at Loyola will shape their next chapters

By Brigid Darragh

More than 1,200 students officially became the Class of 2014 at Loyola University Maryland’s 162nd Commencement Exercises on Saturday, May 17, at the Baltimore Arena in downtown Baltimore.

All told, 864 undergraduates and 339 graduates received diplomas during the ceremony for which Mark K. Shriver, senior vice president for strategic initiatives and senior advisor to the CEO of Save the Children, was the keynote speaker. You can hear Shriver’s address as well as watch Loyola’s Commencement Exercises in full here.

Loyola magazine had the opportunity to speak to some of the undergraduate and graduate candidates about their plans for the future, what they are excited for, what they will miss, and how their experiences at Loyola will shape their next chapters.

Meet some of our graduating Greyhounds…

Kasey Seymour

Senior Kasey Seymour looks forward to starting her career as an operations analyst at Morgan Stanley in Baltimore and living life to the fullest despite being diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. Read Kasey’s story.

Kevin Seltzer

Following graduation, senior Kevin Seltzer plans to pursue a Ph.D. in physics at Washington University in St. Louis. Read Kevin’s story.

Kerry Rogers

Senior Kerry Rogers enjoys the remaining days of college before embarking on a year of service through the Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC). Read Kerry’s story.

Serwaa Mensah

Growing up in Ghana inspired senior Serwaa Mensah to devote her education and career to making affordable dental care accessible to underserved communities. Read Serwaa’s story.

Thurman VanRiper

Senior Thurman VanRiper will apply what he learned on the soccer field as the Greyhounds’ captain and goalie to his future as an accountant. Read Thurman’s story.

Ixchel Ochoa

Senior Ixchel Ochoa is moving abroad to Thailand to embark on an adventure in service, teaching, and self-discovery. Read Ixchel’s story.

Christina Fisher

Senior Christina Fisher celebrates Commencement 50 years after her grandfather graduated from Loyola. Read Christina’s story.

Jonathan Pennacchia

As Loyola’s head sacristan, senior Jonathan Pennacchia devotes nearly 20 hours a week to campus liturgy. Read Jonathan’s story.

Annie Bolan

Senior Annie Bolan is bringing Loyola students into the national education conversation. Read Annie’s story.

Justin Ward

Senior men’s lacrosse player Justin Ward has found a blend of sports, academics, and faith. Read Justin’s story.

Justin Hagerman & David Russell

Justin Hagerman and David Russell, the first two full-time students of Loyola’s MTS program, anticipate their next chapters. Read their story.

Brenda von Rautenkranz

Brenda von Rautenkranz will use her Master of Science in Pastoral Counseling to practice equine therapy in Maryland. Read Brenda’s story.

Mark Pierson

After research on a screening tool to help diagnose and treat postpartum anxiety, Mark Pierson sets his sights on doctoral programs in biostatistics. Read Mark’s story.

Jason Brown

Jason Brown will graduate with his master’s in liberal studies and plans to publish his memoir. Read Jason’s story.

Everett “French” Reese

French Reese, who will receive his Master of Arts in Teaching from Loyola, always knew that he wanted to be a teacher. Read French’s story.

See more photos of the graduates and their classmates in our Commencement 2014 album.

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