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Loras College to bestow 330 degrees at commencement on Saturday

DUBUQUE, Iowa— Loras College will hold its 177th commencement at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 21 in the Rock Bowl Stadium on the Loras College campus. A baccalaureate Mass will also be held at 10 a.m., the same day at the Church of the Nativity, 1225 Alta Vista St.

This year, Loras will bestow 330 degrees: 289 students with Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degrees, 16 students with Master of Arts degrees and 25 Masters of Business Administration degrees.

María Jimena González Ramírez, Ph.D. candidate in economics and a research assistant at the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development, Iowa State University, Ames, will be the featured speaker.

González Ramírez graduated Maxima Cum Laude from Loras College in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in economics and mathematics. She’s expected to receive her doctorate degree this summer and start in the fall as an assistant professor in the Department of Economics and Finance at Manhattan College in New York.

As an economist, González Ramírez’s passion for environmental economics stems from a deep concern about water quality. In her dissertation, she studies the design and effectiveness of conservation programs directed at reducing water pollution from agricultural sources.

Motivated by the importance of household dynamics for the success of development policies, she also studies differences in risk preferences between spouses, and the way they may affect different household expenditure decisions in rural Cameroon, Africa.

During the summer of 2012, González Ramirez was a consultant for Econometria S.A. in Bogotá, Colombia where she was part of six-member team that evaluated a program aimed at decreasing coca production and improving farmers’ social conditions. She was also an adjunct instructor for two years at Drake University, Des Moines, where she taught Principles of Microeconomics, Principles of Macroeconomics, and Money and Banking; a teaching assistant at ISU in the fall of 2009 and spring of 2010; and an instructor leader at Loras College in the fall of 2008 and spring of 2009.

More information about the 2016 Loras College Commencement can be found at