Monsignor Thomas Reese is a renowned journalist and scholar. He was educated at St. Louis University, the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley and the University of California, Berkeley, where he received a PhD in political science. He is a senior analyst at the Religious News Service, a former columnist with National Catholic Reporter and a former editor-in-chief for the Jesuit magazine America. In articles, books and other written works, Monsignor Reese has published extensively on politics, economics, religion and the Catholic Church. He has served as a senior fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center, an independent, Jesuit-sponsored research institute and as visiting scholar at Santa Clara University’s Markkula Center for Applied Ethics. A champion for religious freedom, Monsignor Reese was appointed by President Barack Obama to the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom in 2014 and later elected as its chair. Monsignor Reese will deliver remarks at our graduate commencement ceremony.