CHICAGO — Beneath the sea of mortarboards at DePaul University’s 118th
commencement ceremonies, some 6,500 graduates will reflect on their futures.
Among them will be animators, accountants, health communicators, teachers,
psychologists, actors, musicians, religious scholars and data miners.
Ten of this year’s graduates spoke with the DePaul Newsroom
about how their university studies expanded their worldview and honed their
ambitions. They will join some 173,000 DePaul alumni worldwide who have succeeded in
a learning environment that values both academic achievement and community
Six commencement ceremonies are
planned for the weekend of June 11-12. 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 stream of the
events, are online at http://depaulne.ws/DPUGrad2016.
Here are some of the stories from the class of 2016.
Greg Kulasik | B.S.
in Business; B.S. in Computer Science
Driehaus College of Business, College of Computing and Digital Media
Ambitious and focused, Greg Kulasik took on two very different degrees — accounting
and computer science — to catapult himself into business with a local startup. Read
Bella Mucino | B.A.
College of Science and Health
A Chicago native from a bilingual home, Bella Mucino is working to take the
stigma out of mental health. As an intern and researcher, she examined how to
protect minority youth from bullying and trauma. Read
Amar Patel | B.S. in
School for New Learning
From running an arcade to analyzing data at Cook County Jail, Amar Patel took a
non-traditional path to his degree. He studied at night, after putting his children
to bed. Read
Jalen Gilbert | B.F.A.
The Theatre School at DePaul University
Onstage and as a resident advisor, Jalen Gilbert used his training as an actor
to overcome his fear of conflict and to take on tough conversations about race.
Oleksandra Babiy | B.A.
in Communication Studies
College of Communication
Oleksandra Babiy came to DePaul to study at the English Language Academy. She continued
on with her studies, exploring communications and working as a patient liaison
at Northwestern Medicine. Read
Donalisa Gomez | B.F.A.
College of Computing and Digital Media
Frame by frame, Donalisa Gomez animates characters who will make her audience
feel less alone. Her love of Japanese animation drew her to DePaul and to a
life-changing trip overseas. Read
Erik Martinez | B.S.
in Elementary Education
College of Education
Across a border and in two languages, Erik Martinez learned the value of
education as a young child. He plans to shape the future of bilingual
Griffin Hardy | B.A.
in Catholic Studies
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
As a Catholic studies major, Griffin Hardy connected with Sister Helen Prejean
to work on behalf of death row inmates who seek mercy. Read
Ben Rogers | B.M. in
Music Performance for Cello
School of Music
Ben Rogers thrives when he is surrounded by strong musicians and he plays the cello
to share the beauty of music with others. Read
Sue Lee | J.D.
College of Law
Sue Lee felt a calling to become an attorney as a second career and discovered
her niche at DePaul’s Center for Public Interest Law. Read
Kristin Claes Mathews