Alumnus Rodgers to Deliver Keynote Address at Loras College Commencement

Loras College will welcome David Rodgers IV, a 2017 graduate and account coordinator at CH Robinson in Chicago, to deliver the keynote address for the College’s 181st commencement at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, October 9.

David Rodgers IV (’17)

“David Rodgers is one of the most kind, inspirational, and positive individuals I have ever met” Jim Collins, president of Loras College, said. “He is bright, talented, and a servant leader. In these divisive times, I have every confidence that David will deliver just the right message for this special graduating class that had a special part of their senior year cut short due to the pandemic.”

Rodgers began working at CH Robinson in 2017. In his current role, he assists with customer outreach and operations of logistics. A global third-party logistics provider, CH Robinson is a Fortune 200 global company with more than 15,000 employees across 39 countries on five continents.

While attending Loras, Rodgers was the recipient of both the Loras College Academic Scholarship and the Duhawk Class of 1972 Scholarship. As a student, he served as a Du-Buddies Executive Board Member, Student-Athlete Advising Committee Member and AmeriCorps Member.

A member of the track and field team all four years, including team captain in 2017, Rodgers currently serves as an Assistant Track and Field coach at Proviso West High in Hillside, Ill.

“To even be considered to be the speaker is a blessing. It’s an honor and I hope to live up to the selection,” Rogers said. “Loras helped me realize who I am as an individual. It was at Loras where I honed my skills as a leader, found joy in volunteering, and learned how to use my voice to stand up for what I believe in. Becoming a Duhawk changed my life. As a first generation college attendee, Loras helped me believe that going to school was just a fraction of what I was capable of doing.”

Loras College rescheduled the Commencement ceremony for the Class of 2020 from its original May date due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The event will be hosted outdoors in the Rock Bowl stadium with social distancing and other safety measures in place. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved indoors to the Five Flags Center using the same safety protocols.

About Loras College
Founded in 1839, Loras College leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan colleges to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. In 2019, Loras was the second-highest ranked Catholic college in the state of Iowa according to College Consensus, the 16th Best Regional College in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report and one of America’s Top 200 Most Loved Colleges/Universities by Forbes Magazine for the third consecutive year. Loras students ranked No. 2 in the world as part of the global Peeptrade Investment Challenge while a second group ranked No. 4. For the 10th consecutive year, Loras Media Studies student-led television station (LCTV) was named the TV Station of the Year by the Iowa College Media Association (ICMA).