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Harry Connick, Jr will headline Loyola Commencement

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Musician Harry Connick Jr. will be the headline speaker at this spring's commencement at Loyola University in New Orleans.  A native  of the Crescent City, Connick will also receive an honorary doctor of music degree.  His commencement speech will be delivered to more than 750 graduates and is scheduled to be held Saturday, May 21, in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

“Harry Connick Jr. has done so much to contribute to the renaissance of our city and promote the musical heritage of New Orleans, and we are proud to have the chance to honor him in his hometown,” said Loyola University New Orleans President the Rev. Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D. “Given Harry’s fascinating personal story and astounding international career, we know that our students welcome his advice and insights as they ‘go forth and set the world on fire.’”

Connick is well know for his philanthropy work related to Musicians’ Village in the city's Ninth Ward, which he founded together with fellow New Orleans native and musician Branford Marsalis in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The Village and its centerpiece, the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music, provide homes for musicians and other displaced citizens, a community center with a performance hall, a recording studio, and after-school facilities for children. 

The “American Idol” judge is a graduate of Jesuit High School of New Orleans.  He began his academic career at Loyola University New Orleans, where he studied music briefly before heading to New York to pursue his career.

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