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By Julie Henling

The Rev. Greg Boyle, S.J., a 1977 Gonzaga alumnus and founder of the nonprofit Homeboy Industries, the nation’s largest gang intervention program, will be the keynote speaker for GU’s undergraduate commencement ceremony on May 10 in Spokane Arena.

Boyle has been an active part of the Gonzaga community, inspiring many with his recent visits to campus, according to an announcement. This year’s graduating class of seniors was assigned to read his book, “Tattoos on the Heart: the Power of Boundless Compassion” when they were freshmen in 2010.

Gonzaga will recognize its other graduates with ceremonies on May 9 at the McCarthey Athletic Center. The Law School commencement will feature Washington State Supreme Court Justice Mary Fairhurst, a Gonzaga University School of Law alumna as keynote speaker.

Later that day the graduate ceremony, which will also be held in the McCarthey Athletic Center, will feature author and journalist Blaine Harden, also a Gonzaga alumnus.

These events are free and open to the public. More information can be found online.


Julie Henling
Julie Henling
Julie Henling is a student at Gonzaga University. After she graduates, she plans to teach English and become a middle or high school English teacher. If she is not in class or studying, she can most likely be found running or reading. ​

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Liv Larson Andrews
Liv Larson Andrews
9 years ago

Wow! Go Gonzaga. Father Boyle is amazing, and was quite inspirational to the founders pf Project Hope Spokane in the West Central neighborhood.

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