Father Greg Boyle, S.J., to speak at Commencement
March 13, 2017
Father Greg Boyle, S.J., the founder and executive director of Homeboy Industries – the world’s largest gang intervention, rehabilitation and societal re-entry program – will deliver the commencement address at Regis University’s ceremonies this spring.
Boyle established the Los Angeles-based nonprofit in 1988 in response to the rise in gang violence in the area. After the Los Angeles riots in 1992, Boyle helped launch Homeboy Industries’ first social enterprise business, Homeboy Bakery. Today, there are several other social enterprises, including Homeboy Gear and Homegirl Café, that annually offer more than 200 men and women opportunities to learn job skills in a safe, supportive environment.
Each year more than 15,000 former gang members go through Homeboy Industries’ programs in search of a better life. These programs include workforce development, anger management and mental health services, case management, education and tattoo removal, among others.
Known as an impassioned and inspirational speaker, Boyle is a former member of the Regis Board of Trustees and author of the New York Times bestseller, “Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion.” All first-year undergraduate students at Regis read the memoir as part of their introduction to the Jesuit mission. Boyle has received a number of awards and recognitions for his work, including the California Peace Prize. He was named a Champion of Change by the White House in 2014.
Commencement takes place on May 6 and 7. The graduate ceremonies run from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on May 6; undergraduate ceremonies will occur 10 a.m. to noon on May 7. Both take place on The Boettcher Commons, also known as The Quad, at Regis University’s Northwest Denver Campus. For more details, please visit www.regis.edu/commencement.