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University Announces 2021 Commencement Speakers

WGN-TV reporter Lourdes Duarte
Lourdes Duarte is a co-anchor on WGN News and host of WGN's "Adelante Chicago." (Image courtesy of Lourdes Duarte)
To help the Class of 2021 celebrate their graduation and kickstart the next phase of their lives, Emmy-winning WGN reporter Lourdes Duarte will serve as alumni inductor at this year's June 12 ceremonies.

Duarte, the co-anchor of WGN News at 4 p.m. and host of WGN's “Adelante Chicago," began her journalism career as a reporter for Telemundo Chicago. She went on to work in news markets throughout the country including Miami, Indianapolis and Detroit. While in Indianapolis she launched, produced and hosted the public affairs show, “Hoy en Dia," which won an Emmy for its impact on the Latino community.

She is a DePaul College of Communication graduate. In 2019, the college's Center for Journalism Integrity and Excellence awarded her its Distinguished Alumna Award.

Student speakers

In addition to speeches from DePaul President A. Gabriel Esteban, Interim Provost Salma Ghanem, the college's dean and notable guests, each ceremony will include the following student speakers:

Kendall Palmer, College of Communication
Massimo Marco Boffa, Jarvis College of Computing and Digital Media
Juan Manuel Sandoval, College of Education
Kizuwanda Wyatt, College of Law
Gisselle Cervantes, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Maya Fitzgerald, College of Science and Health
Sebastian Moreno, Driehaus College of Business
Jennifer Salazar, Kellstadt Graduate School of Business
Sabrina Lowery, School of Continuing and Professional Studies
Jeffrey Todd Parrott, The Theatre School
Corina Santos, violin performance, School of Music

For a list of each college's debut time, visit the commencement website. The Class of 2021, their family and friends, as well as the entire DePaul community, can view and share the ceremonies through YouTube and the DePaul commencement website. Videos will be available to watch and re-watch through May 2022.

For questions, contact If graduates have not already done so, they should register for Graduation Celebration, set for May 19 - 28, for commencement experiences on the Lincoln Park Camp​us.

Adapted from DePaul Newsline.