A total of 679
students received their degrees this spring as Cardinal Stritch University conducted
its commencement ceremony Sunday, May 18 at the BMO Harris Bradley
The graduating class
included 409 undergraduates, 254 graduate students and 16 doctoral
assistant professor and president of the Stritch Faculty Senate, was the commencement speaker. Flynn joined the Stritch faculty in what was then the
Teacher Education Division in 1992 and has taught students from all four of
Stritch’s colleges over the course of her career. With an expertise in
languages, culture, and literature, Flynn has enjoyed working with teacher
candidates to provide a foundation for teaching students of all cultures and
Flynn's current research focuses on noted mythologist Joseph Campbell
and the hero quest, and she encouraged graduates to take on their own hero's journey. "The purpose of the journey is compassion," she said. "Answer the call to adventure as you begin your quest, and step out of your comfort zone. The only failure is not having tried."
Flynn also received an honorary doctorate of humane letters degree.
Nate Friday, who received a bachelor
of arts degree, addressed his peers as the ceremony’s student
speaker. During his four years at Stritch, Friday was a starting pitcher for
the Wolves baseball team, led several University Ministry retreats, and served
on the Student Athletic Advisory Council. A Glendale native, he will begin his
career as director of lifelong formation for St. Matthias Catholic Church in
In his address, Friday introduced his fellow graduates to the concept of "lagniappe," which he defined as "that little something extra, that little something more that is unexpected."
we find our callings in this world, we will be different from every other new
hire, we will offer that little something extra, that little something more to
our employers, and to our communities," he said. "Whether we stay close or travel far, we
as Stritch graduates possess the ability to go above and beyond what is
Dr. James Loftus offered a charge to the graduates at the ceremony. Other events over commencement weekend
included a pinning ceremony for graduates of the Ruth S. Coleman College of
Nursing, a Graduation Mass, and a celebratory brunch.