CHICAGO — This weekend some 6,500 graduates
will gather for DePaul University’s 119th commencement ceremonies and reflect
on their accomplishments. Among them will be an Ethiopian immigrant from Sudan
devoted to helping refugees, an Army veteran with a zeal for probability, and a
Latina set on making theatre more accessible to all.
Three of this year’s graduates spoke with DePaul Newsroom about how university
studies have prepared them to serve a changing world. They will join 175,000
DePaul alumni worldwide who have succeeded in a learning environment that
values both academic achievement and community responsibility.
ceremonies are planned for the weekend of June 10-11. A seventh was held in May
for the College of Law. Details about the ceremonies, including information
about commencement speakers, honorary degree recipients and a live video stream
of the events, are online at http://depaulne.ws/DPUGrad17.
are some of the stories from the Class of 2017.
Addisalem Agegnehu | M.S. in Refugee and
Forced Migration Studies
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Born in Sudan to Ethiopian parents, Addisalem Agegnehu turned empathy from her
own journey into service and scholarship to help refugees. Read more>>
Lucas Estelle | B.S. in Mathematical Sciences
College of Science and Health
An Army veteran who grew up in the Brainerd neighborhood on Chicago’s South
Side, Lucas Estelle translated his childhood love of coin-flipping into an interest
in applied mathematics and actuarial science. Read more>>
Mishari Zambrano | B.F.A. in Theatre Management
The Theatre School
A first-generation college
student, Mishari Zambrano says she learned about service and the arts from her
mother. She spent her time in The Theatre School answering the question “What
must be done?” by helping to make productions more accessible for audiences with
disabilities. Read more>>
Kristin Claes Mathews