Teacher, alumnus to deliver keynote at Loras commencement April 24

Nathaniel Gee, a 2009 Loras College graduate and theology teacher at Wahlert Catholic High School in Dubuque, will deliver the keynote address for the College’s 182nd commencement at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 24.

“Nathaniel is one of the kindest, most loving, and deeply spiritual people I have ever had the pleasure to know,” Loras College President Jim Collins (’84) said. “His deep commitment to our Catholic faith and desire to live the life Jesus set forth made him a perfect selection. All at Loras were proud to honor him as a distinguished alumnus two years ago, and we are now honored that he accepted our offer to serve as the Loras Class of 2021 Commencement speaker.”

Nathaniel Gee (’09)

Gee, a graduate of West Aurora High School in Aurora, Ill., earned his bachelor’s degree in philosophy and religious studies in 2009 and a Master’s degree in clinical psychology and theology from Loras in 2014.

“What it means to me to be selected is hard to put into words,” Gee said. “I would have never expected this and it took a little time to get over the shock that with all the many incredible graduates that have walked the hills of this blessed college, Loras would deem me worthy.  I am deeply moved with gratitude and honor to speak on behalf of my fellow Duhawks to our graduating class of 2021.”

In 2019, Gee was the recipient of the Loras College National Alumni Board’s Young Alumni Award, which recognizes graduates of the last 15 years who are making a difference in their community and in their career.

While at Loras, Gee was an All-American in Track and Field, played football, served a leadership role with Student Senate both his junior and senior years, performed with the Loras College Concert Choir and Con Brio and coordinated and participated in several service trips to Kentucky and Chicago.

“There is nothing I could do that would make up for all that Loras College has done for me and the ways I continue to benefit from what Loras offered. Every major blessing I owe in part to Loras College. It is where the faith that began many years before found a home and a place to grow and be met with the opportunity to reach out to others. It is the reason I am blessed to be in my profession of sharing and teaching about the one who is Love and where many of my students have so too gone, and the place that helped build the building blocks of not only scholastics but character in a way that eventually helped me to become worthy of the woman who loves me.  Truly, there is hardly a major aspect of my life that I don’ t owe in part to Loras and the many incredible men and women that make this institution of faith and higher learning the incredible place it is.”

The commencement ceremony 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 Athletic & Wellness 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 2020, Loras was ranked 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 fourth 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 12th 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).