New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, whose leadership in the removal of Confederate monuments last year led to a powerful and nationally acclaimed speech, has been named the 2018 Commencement Speaker. Landrieu became Mayor of New Orleans in 2010 and rose to national prominence a year ago when he made a speech regarding race relations and the reason for the removal of Confederate statues. He will be honored for those efforts with the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award later in May.
The 2018 Commencement will take place on Sunday, May 13, 2018 in the Ross Sports Center.
Also receiving honorary degrees at Commencement in this 175th anniversary year of the Society of St. Edmund (Saint Michael’s College’s founding religious order), will be the Rev. Joseph McLaughlin, SSE, a former Saint Michael’s trustee and professor who also was Edmundite Superior General from 1986 to 1991; and President Patricia McGuire, president of Trinity Washington University since 1989 and a dedicated champion for educating low-income black, Latino and immigrant Washington women.
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