`Be reflective,' graduates are urged

TV newswoman tells 761 from Loyola to `remain curious'

May 16, 1999|By Brenda J. Buote | Brenda J. Buote,SUN STAFF

With thundering applause, the graduates of Loyola College's Class of 1999 welcomed Andrea Mitchell, NBC News' chief foreign affairs correspondent, to the Baltimore Arena, where she delivered the keynote address at their commencement ceremony yesterday morning.

"I hope you will use your imagination, show a willingness to see beyond your immediate world and be reflective about your life," said Mitchell, who joined NBC in 1978 as a Washington correspondent.

Mitchell, who received an honorary doctor of humane laws degree as part of the ceremony, spoke to the school's 761 graduates, faculty members and guests. Nearly 6,000 people attended Loyola's 147th commencement, many of them carrying roses, gifts and balloons.

Mitchell touched on the visit of Pope John Paul II in 1995, the death of 19-year-old Loyola lacrosse player Gerry Case in 1997 and the Greyhounds' victories on the lacrosse field this year.

She also spoke of the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson's recent peace-seeking mission in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, which she covered for NBC News. She told the graduates she had seen "evidence of the undying human spirit" in Kosovo.

"When you leave this campus, be relentless in your quest for knowledge," she told the graduates. "As you grow older, remain curious. It will be your greatest gift and most profound source of joy."

Willard J. Hackerman, a Baltimore native who is president and chief executive officer of Whiting-Turner Contracting Co., also received an honorary doctor of humane laws degree.

The school honored Thomas E. Scheye, provost and academic vice president at Loyola, and David F. Roswell, associate provost, for service to the college; Mannes F. Greenberg, a 1947 graduate who is a partner with the law firm Tydings & Rosenberg LLP, for professional achievements; and the Frederick Ozanam House, a homeless outreach service, and Beans & Bread, a meal program and learning center, for community service.

Among graduates receiving academic honors was Jose D. Vargas, 21, of Gaithersburg, the school's first Rhodes scholar. He received a bachelor of science degree in biology and will study for two years at Oxford University in England. The 32 Rhodes scholars nationwide this year were chosen from 909 applicants at 310 institutions.

Loyola's Class of 1999 also has a Fulbright graduate and a Truman Fellowship finalist.

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