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Van Jones announced as 2017 Commencement speaker


Haley Pegg

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Van Jones, American activist, social justice expert and CNN contributor, will be this year’s graduation commencement speaker, according to a press release from Loyola University New Orleans’ department of Public Affairs.

The press release noted Jones has an educational background from Yale University, and has led many organizations in social and environmental projects, including Color of Change and Green for All. He also worked under President Barack Obama as a special advisor and primary advocate for the Green Jobs Act.

“Van Jones has had a long and meaningful career that has had tremendous impact on issues that affect us all,” Rev. Kevin Wildes, S.J., said. “At Loyola University New Orleans, we teach our students — and encourage our graduates — to be civic-minded. We ask them to ‘seek what matters most,’ to seek justice for others, and to deploy their skills and talents to help better the world around them. Throughout his lifetime and from the heart, Van Jones has worked to advance and fulfill these values.”

The press release also announced Hon. Madeleine Landrieu will be the commencement speaker for Loyola University’s College of Law ceremony.

The undergraduate students’ graduation ceremony will take place the morning of Saturday, May 13, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The law school ceremony will take place later that evening at the Superdome.

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Haley Pegg, Senior Staff Writer

Haley Pegg is finishing up her final few credits at Loyola as a part-time journalism and marketing senior. Spring 2017 will be her second semester serving as senior staff writer for the Maroon, and her third year as a writer for the paper. She is originally from Washington, D.C., but plans to remain in New Orleans after graduation in May. She works in promotions and marketing outside of school, and hopes to obtain a career in the field post-undergrad. She is excited to be returning to the Maroon and looks forward to getting to know the new writers!

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4 Responses to “Van Jones announced as 2017 Commencement speaker”

  1. Debbie Crum Johnson on April 4th, 2017 3:53 pm

    Change is good. Happy to know that Loyola is always open to changes and listening to thetr students. Way to go Armani Eady a Political Science major at Loyola University. Armani a student who’s not afraid to stand up to the challenge and helping bring changes to the university for all people of ethnic background.

  2. Esther Bridges on April 4th, 2017 3:55 pm

    Is this the April Fool’s edition of the Maroon? This is a joke, right?

  3. Loren Levet on May 10th, 2017 2:52 pm

    Loyola (Catholic) University, operated by the Jesuits, has invited ATHEIST Van Jones, SELF PROCLAIMED COMMUNIST to be the 2017 Commencement speaker. Why????

  4. Gene Blanchard on June 7th, 2018 1:19 pm

    The selection of Van Jones does not make any sense. He was part of the Obama clan of deceit and lies. The guy is not stupid but his views are too far to the left. Loyola could have offered the invitation to a more worthy person to promote christian values.

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