President’s Message: Our graduates are “Loyola Ready”

By Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J.

Father Linnane, Loyola's president, stands smiling in front of a wall with photos in the living room of the Alumni House.In my role as president, I have the opportunity to talk with Loyola parents, and I always enjoy hearing what their students have chosen to study.

During our conversations, I almost always remind them that regardless of whether students are majoring in physics or philosophy or finance, they should visit the Career Center.

The truth is that the Jesuit, liberal arts education we offer at Loyola prepares students for a lifetime of professional success and personal fulfillment. But the career resources we offer to our students and our alumni help open doors for them in a way that truly prepares them for their next step.

Our challenge at Loyola is to ensure that our students benefit from the extraordinary in-depth encounter of the liberal arts we offer while also learning to thinking creatively about what’s after Loyola. Our Career Center partners with faculty, staff, administrators, parents, and alumni to help students discern and discover their vocational paths.

The goal, of course, is for each student to graduate “Loyola Ready.” And they are. Loyola graduates aren’t just prepared for that first job. They’re prepared for jobs that haven’t even been created yet. They’re prepared for the opportunities they’ll encounter today—and tomorrow.

When I look at some of our recent graduates, I can see how they are truly “Loyola Ready.” I look at Ciana Creighton, ’17, who is pursuing a master’s of public policy at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Ciana is also conducting research for the Primetime Sister Circle Project—a blood-pressure intervention initiative for African American women in the Washington, D.C., area. She has to be nimble to embrace the changes in policy and health care that she’ll witness in her lifetime.

I think of Joelle Hernandez, ’14, a business development manager for Mediaplanet, an international publishing house, who in her work is handling—among other things—digital strategy and social media. Those are fields that didn’t exist not so long ago, and they are fast-paced and ever-changing. But she is prepared.

Ciana and Joelle are wonderful examples of how our graduates are “Loyola Ready.” They benefit from an outstanding university education, but—thanks to Loyola—they also have an excellent understanding of how to discern their career paths in the future.

As a Jesuit university, we are committed to ensuring that students benefit from the core liberal arts foundation Loyola faculty have been giving students for generations. We are also actively pursuing ways in which we can infuse innovation into the educational experience we offer at Loyola. We have created a space where members of our community—and the Baltimore community—can come together to explore enterprising ideas, we are looking at ways to encourage entrepreneurship in our curriculum, and we are seeking ways for Loyola to participate more fully in the phenomenal growth and development occurring in Baltimore. We’re also preparing to break ground on a Center for Innovation and Collaborative Learning on campus.

This is an exciting time for Loyola University Maryland, particularly as we look toward the close of our Bright Minds, Bold Hearts comprehensive campaign later this year. Spring on the Evergreen campus is always beautiful, and it brings a time of change and new beginnings for our graduating seniors and graduate students who will begin their next chapter “Loyola Ready.”

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