CHICAGO — DePaul University’s 120th commencement will
celebrate an estimated 6,700 graduating students during six separate ceremonies
May 13 and June 9-10. Among the commencement speakers are: community organizer Rami Nashashibi; broadcast journalist Carol Marin; and legal social justice advocate
DePaul has a tradition of providing a quality education to
students from diverse backgrounds, with particular attention to
first-generation college students. For additional information about each of the
commencement ceremonies, visit http://bit.ly/DePaulGrad2018
Edward Grossman brings
legal services to marginalized communities
As co-founder of the Chicago Legal Clinic, Edward Grossman has devoted his life to providing access to legal
services for marginalized people in Chicago’s low-income communities.
In 1981, Grossman was a young attorney who just earned a Juris Doctor
from DePaul’s College of Law. He partnered with a classmate to create a clinic
that offered accessible, affordable and bilingual legal services to residents
of South Chicago. Since then, the clinic has served nearly a half million
people. Under Grossman’s leadership, the clinic has been a pioneer in urban
environmental law, fighting to reduce pollution threats in impoverished
Grossman’s dedication to his work and the people he serves
has earned him a Justice John Paul Stevens Award from the Chicago Bar
Association in 2015. Over the years, Grossman has been a mentor and advisor to
young attorneys, employed interns at the clinic and remained dedicated to his
alma mater by serving on the DePaul College of Law Dean’s Advisory Council
since 1997. Grossman will speak at the College of Law commencement ceremony.
Rami Nashashibi confronts
graduating from DePaul as a double major in international studies and English, Rami Nashashibi launched a career in
service and became a nationally recognized community organizer and faith-based
activist. His work in Chicago and Atlanta confronts the challenges of poverty
and disinvestment in urban communities. In 1997, Nashashibi founded the
Inner-City Muslim Action Network, a nonprofit dedicated to organizing for
social change, cultivating the arts, fostering health and wellness, and building
bridges among marginalized communities. IMAN is located in Chicago Lawn, an
ethnically and religiously diverse neighborhood that suffers from high rates of
home foreclosure, unemployment and gang violence.
Nashashibi’s leadership, IMAN helps citizens returning from prison by offering
job training and brings much-needed access to psychological and medical care.
In recognition of his work, the MacArthur Foundation named Nashashibi a 2017
MacArthur Fellow. Nashashibi will speak at a combined ceremony for the College
of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and the School for New Learning. He will
receive an honorary degree from DePaul at the ceremony.
Carol Marin champions
As a broadcast reporter, political columnist and national correspondent, Carol Marin established herself as a Chicago
household name for her unwavering commitment to journalistic integrity. She
began her decades-long role as a primetime news anchor for WMAQ-TV (NBC 5) in
1978. She moved to CBS News in 1997 and worked as an investigative reporter for
WBBM-TV (CBS 2) and as a national correspondent for “60 Minutes.” Marin and
fellow producer Don Moseley brought their skills to DePaul University in 2003 and
founded the DePaul Documentary Project to teach students how to report and
produce broadcast news magazine-quality pieces.
In 2016, Marin and Moseley became the founding co-directors
of the Center for Journalism Integrity and Excellence in DePaul’s College of
Communication. The center teaches students how
to conduct investigative journalism while adhering to the highest principles of
journalism, including truth, accuracy, fairness and context. Marin has
won numerous local Emmys, was inducted into the Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame
in 1992, and in 2002, included in the Silver Circle of the Chicago/Midwest
chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. She received
an honorary degree from DePaul in 1998. Marin will speak at the combined
ceremony for the College of Communication and the College of Computing and
DePaul is the largest Catholic university in the United States and the
largest private, nonprofit university in the Midwest, with nearly 23,000
students and a wide range of academic and professional programs.
DePaul was founded in Chicago in 1898 by the Congregation of
the Mission (Vincentians), a Roman Catholic religious community dedicated to
following the ideals of St. Vincent de Paul, the 17th century priest for whom
the university is named. More information is at www.depaul.edu.
Kristin Claes Mathews