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University News | 12.02.20

Author and Arts Activist to Address 2020 Graduates in Virtual Ceremony

Adler University is honored to announce that social justice champion Marcie R. Rendon will address this year’s master and doctoral graduates at the 2020 Commencement Ceremony for the Chicago, Online, and Vancouver campuses. Rendon will be the keynote speaker for the ceremony held virtually on Sunday, December 6.

Rendon is an enrolled member of the White Earth Nation, award-winning author, playwright, poet, and freelance writer. A community arts activist, Rendon also works to support other Native artists, writers, and creators to pursue their art. Rendon is a producer and the creative mind behind the Raving Native Theater, as well as a speaker for colleges and community groups on Native issues, leadership, and writing.

Rendon received a 2017 Loft Spoken Word Immersion Fellowship for working with women incarcerated in county jails. In 2020, Rendon was awarded the McKnight Foundation’s Distinguished Artist Award, given to a Minnesota artist who has made significant contributions to the state’s cultural life.

The Adler University 2020 Commencement Ceremony will also feature three student speakers:

  • Dominique Barnes-Walker, Chicago Campus, Couple and Family Therapy (Ph.D.)
  • Manuel Ekpini, Vancouver Campus, Public Policy and Administration (Master of)
  • Danielle Kokochak, Online Campus, Psychology (M.A.)

Watch a livestream of the ceremony on Sunday, December 6, at 3 p.m. CST and follow our posts with #AdlerClassOf2020.

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