Congratulations to the Class of 2024! They went out in style at Commencement on June 8, with Navin’s outstanding valedictory address and an inspiring commencement address from Matt Smith ’91.

Our graduating seniors had some very exciting options as they made their college decisions, with $6.2 million in scholarship offers and admission offers from top national universities and liberal arts schools including UCLA, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Morehouse, Howard, Case Western, GW, Purdue, Pepperdine, Marquette, Trinity College Dublin, the New School, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. We couldn’t be prouder to see the nation’s top schools recognize the character, accomplishments, and future potential of MPA graduates!

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Commencement Address

Matt Smith ’91 is a veteran TV and radio broadcaster who has been a fixture on the Los Angeles and national airwaves for nearly 30 years. Previously a host for NFL Network programming and Los Angeles Lakers broadcasts, he currently is a radio play-by-play broadcaster for NFL and college football and college basketball, including his work as the “voice” of the NFL’s Los Angeles Chargers. He has co-hosted “Petros and Money,” the afternoon sports talk radio show on AM 570 LA Sports, for nearly 20 years.

Valedictory Address

Equally passionate about academics, arts, leadership, and service to his community, Navin graduates as an Illinois State Scholar and a member of the Cum Laude Society and the National Honor Society. He received the senior mathematics and senior social studies awards as well as the Student Council Civic Achievement Award. A native of Frankfort, Navin was a leader for Model UN, Diversity Council, Honor Council, and our business leadership club, and also established a tutoring program for younger students. Last summer, he interned for Sen. Elgie R. Sims Jr. in the Illinois State Senate. Navin plans to study political science on a pre-law track at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Full Ceremony

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