New Graduation Award Named in Honor of Ken Montague '60

We are excited to announce a new graduation award which has been named in honor of Ken Montague '60. It will be awarded for the first time during our 169th Commencement Ceremony this June and will be part of the annual awards presented to graduating seniors. 

The Kenneth C. Montague ’60 Service & Justice Award is established in honor of Mr. Ken Montague ’60, a dutiful public servant and attorney admired for his ethics and courage. The first Black student to attend Loyola Blakefield, Mr. Montague is a pioneer who inspires current and future Dons to pursue a life dedicated to justice and social leadership. His service in the Peace Corps inspired a lifetime of dedication to a variety of civic, social, and humanitarian causes. The award is presented to a graduating senior whose words and deeds embody the bravery, spirit, and commitment to service demonstrated by Mr. Montague’s life and career.

A Baltimore native, Montague attended St. Peter Claver School. Upon his admittance in 1956, he was the first Black student to attend Loyola and remained the only student of color enrolled throughout his four years of high school. After graduating from Morgan State University with a degree in English literature, Montague served in the U.S. Peace Corps in the African nation of Lesotho—an experience that transformed him for life.

Upon his return, he completed studies at the University of Maryland School of Law. In addition to a career in private practice, Montague served as a member of the State House of Delegates from 1982–2003 and as the Maryland Secretary of Juvenile Services from 2003–2007. During his time in public office, and through several committee and task force appointments, he earned a reputation as both an expert and advocate on issues related to criminal justice, sentencing, and reform. Montague has also served on the boards for a variety of non-profits ranging from cultural and artistic organizations to social service providers.

“Ken has led a life that is marked by a relentless commitment to serving the greater good,” said Anthony Day, President. “His reputation for holding ethics and truth above all else has followed him throughout his career. Ken also exudes an admirable grace and humility that reveals a generous and kind spirit.”

“I am nearly speechless and overwhelmed by this honor that Loyola has decided to bestow on me,” said Montague. “Loyola is the reason my life has taken the course that it has. It started at my home with my parents and was amplified by my school that a life of service was a worthy direction for me. Men for Others has been the song playing in my head since my graduation in 1960.”
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