NEW ORLEANS - Super Bowl MVP and New Orleans Saints star quarterback Drew Brees will deliver the commencement address at spring graduation ceremonies for Loyola University New Orleans, the school's president announced Thursday.
Brees will speak at Loyola's May 8 graduation ceremony at the Louisiana Superdome, according to an email sent to alumni and members of the university community by Rev. Kevin Wildes, S.J., Loyola University president.
“Brees dedicated the team’s recent Super Bowl win to the City of New Orleans, his adopted home since 2006, coincidentally, the same year Loyola’s graduating class enrolled in the university,” Wildes wrote in his email. “The parallels between the class and Brees don’t end there. Both our graduates and Brees invested themselves in New Orleans when the city was at its lowest point. And both had faith that it would come back stronger than before.”
Wildes said that Saints executive vice president/owner Rita Benson LeBlanc, a member of the university’s board of trustees, and New Orleans mayor-elect Mitch Landrieu, a Loyola alumnus, will take part in the ceremonies as well.