It's that time of year again! Click here for a list of speakers and dates of all spring commencement ceremonies at the twenty-eight Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. Congratulations to our newest Jesuit-educated alumni!

Three graduates at this month's ceremonies are making headlines. Fourteen years after leaving Saint Joseph's University for a professional career in basketball, Jameer Nelson returned to complete his coursework in sociology and earn his Bachelor's degree. Click here to learn more about Nelson's journey back to Saint Joe's and highlights from a press conference that he gave on May 17th.

Sixty years after leaving Georgetown University just a few credits shy of graduation, 81-year old Carlos Manuel Sera of Houston, TX will receive his Bachelor's degree from the McDonough School of Business. Click here to hear Sera's story from Washington's NBC affiliate. And last weekend's ceremony at Xavier University was in the news: Just hours after receiving his law degree from the University of Cincinnati, Darrell Landon Kelly received a MBA from Xavier! Find out how he did it in this news report from WCPO Cincinnati.

Above: The Pearl kids (left to right: Maggie, Ann, Erin, Jake and Ellie at Erin’s graduation from Creighton in May 2010; Photo courtesy of Ellie Pearl)

Earlier this spring, we received an e-mail from a senior at Marquette University, who sought assistance from AJCU and the Midwest Jesuit Province with a special request: how to say "thank-you" to her parents for the gift of a Jesuit education. Ellie Pearl is the daughter of a Regis University dad and a Creighton University mom, who sent all five Pearl children to Jesuit colleges and universities: Creighton, Marquette and Saint Louis University. In advance of her graduation from Marquette this weekend, we published her tribute on our Jesuit Educated blog on Medium. Click here to read Ellie's touching reflection and learn how Jesuit education has changed her siblings' lives.


What does it mean to be Jesuit educated? Hear what students from Jesuit colleges and universities across the country have to say in our new video series, available on YouTube! Visit jesuiteducated.net to learn more about the nation's 28 Jesuit colleges and universities.



A Commitment to SOCIAL JUSTICE

Our institutions are committed to the pursuit of social justice, and teaching students how to become men and women for and with others. Learn more about AJCU's commitment to justice through our Federal Relations activities: Visit ajcunet.edu/federal-relations.

Connections: The Online Magazine for Jesuit Colleges and Universities

The May 2018 issue of Connections identifies strategies to build cultures of philanthropy on Jesuit campuses. Visit ajcunet.edu/connections to read it online.


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The distinctiveness of a Jesuit education stems from its deep-rooted history and a mission grounded in faith and intellectual rigor. Since its beginnings in 1548, when the first Jesuit institution opened its doors in Messina, Sicily, Jesuit higher education remains committed to academic excellence, service, leadership and caring for the whole person. Click here to learn more about Jesuit mission and identity through our publications, videos and links to related websites.