Alumni & Friends Societies

Tolton Society

Due to Covid 19 restrictions, all Tolton Society events will be postponed until further notice. Thank you.

We, the Augustus Tolton Society of Saint Ignatius College Prep, commend BOSS (Black Organization of Successful Students) on their bold statement that addressed the virus of racism that is prevalent throughout the world and unfortunately in our community as well.  
Our vow is to continually stay vigilant in promoting an agenda that focuses on the improvement of our school and hopefully the world. Our wish is that we, the Saint Ignatius Community, can be that beacon of not just hope but an impetus in the eradication of this systemic problem. 
We close with these words… words that are repeated every time we pray but as we move forward let them be the strength that is needed to not only to bless us, but more importantly to guide us.  “Saint Ignatius, pray for us.”
In anticipation of Fr. Augustus Tolton’s impending canonization, Saint Ignatius College Prep’s Claver Society will now be known as the Tolton Society. Art Reliford ’72 began the Claver Endowment which benefits our African American students in need of financial aid. The Endowment has grown exponentially over the past 10 years with the leadership of the Claver Society, led by Gerald S. McCarthy ’80. Dozens of alumni as well as friends of the school have also been instrumental in reaching the endowment’s current total of over $525,000.

Upcoming Events

BOSS/Tolton Society Underclassmen Meet and Greet

BOSS is hosting a meet and greet for incoming and current African American students and their parents on Wednesday, September 23, at 3:30 p.m. Freshmen are welcome to join us in person at the South West tent at Fornelli Field for snacks at 3:00 p.m. 
Parents and Tolton Society members, please use this Zoom link to join us virtually at 3:30 p.m.
The Saint Ignatius College Prep Business and Tolton Societies are excited to invite you to join us on October 6th, 2020 from 7pm ~ 8pm for a conversation with Dr. Marcia Chatelain ’97, Distinguished Associate Professor of History and African American Studies at Georgetown University
Dr. Chatelain will discuss her latest book, Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America  which examines the intersection of the post-1968 civil rights struggle and the rise of the fast-food industry.

Dr. Chatelain has kindly made autographed books available for purchase through The Silver Room in Hyde Park.
Please support Dr. Chatelain and local business and get your copy today.

Event Recaps

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  • Mass of the Holy Spirit 09.04.2020

    Sultan Lugboso ’21, gave the readings at The Mass of the Holy Spirit today as we officially welcomed John Chandler as the 31st President of Saint Ignatius College Prep
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  • Rashod Johnson '93 ABC 7 Interview

    Saint Ignatius Alum, President and CEO of Ardmore Roderick Construction, Rashod Johnson '93, was recently interviewed by ABC 7 News for their Chicago's Black Owned series. CLICK HERE to watch the video.
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  • Tolton Society Annual Members

    as of 6.12.2020
    *indicates lifetime member

    Valerie Barker Waller '83
    Gloria and Alvin Bell *
    Jeri Bingham '85
    Felicia Bell '96 *
    Monique Bell ‘99 *
    Danielle Bell '03 *
    Antoniette Bordelon '04
    Judge William Boyd '70
    Dr. Eden Brandon '85
    Roland Burris II, '85
    Brian and Jeanette Conrad-Ellis
    Yvonne Davis
    Jetaun Davis Pope '98
    Elizabeth Donohue '88
    Barbara Dunlap '86
    Dawne Duparte '89
    Colette English Dixon
    Willard Evans, Jr. '73 *
    Mary K. Garrett
    Kimberly Gladden
    Dr. Perpetua Goodall '93
    Maria Green *
    Sheila and Wallace '83 Harris
    Alison Hennings Tanner '83
    Darrell '87 and Anisha Hill 
    Kara Holloway '87
    Samuel Jackson III '05
    Cherya Jenkins
    Rashod Johnson ‘93 *
    Tracy Jones '81
    Hon. Kimberly Lewis '88
    Oswald Lewis *
    Patrice Louis '04
    Lori Lypson '93
    Kimberly Mason '85
    Gerald S. McCarthy '80 *
    James Miller '92
    Dale and Shadawn Morrison
    Malik Murray '92 *
    John and Sandra Pikarski
    Carr and Marcia Preston
    Carol and Arthur '72 Reliford Sr. *
    Elisa and Arthur '92 Reliford Jr. *
    Christine Riley '93
    Jacquelyn Robinson
    Ald. Roderick T. Sawyer '81
    Patrick Scott '87
    Nicoline and Thomas '59 Shields
    Anthony Spalla
    Phillip Sutton '78
    Hon. Anthony Swanagan '77
    Pamela Valderrama
    Dennis and Kellie Welsh
    Jacqueline White
    Curtrice White Scott '90
    Allison and Darrell '77 Williams 
    Erin Toole Williams '87
    Wintrust Financial *
    Tanya Woods
    Dr. Carol Worsham-Perry

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  • Tolton Society Lifetime Members

    Gloria and Alvin Bell
    Felicia Bell ‘96
    Monique Bell ‘99
    Danielle Bell ‘03
    Willard Evans, Jr. '73
    Maria Green and Oswald Lewis
    Rashod Johnson ‘93
    Adam M. Lutnyski '59
    Gerald S. McCarthy ‘80
    Malik Murray ‘92
    Carol and Arthur Reliford Sr. ‘72
    Elisa and Arthur Reliford Jr. ‘92
    Wintrust Financial

Upcoming Events

Tolton Society

Past Event Recaps

Young Tolton Society Inaugural 12.20.19

With the leadership of Jeremy Atoubi '17 and David Moore '17 the Young Tolton Society held its inaugural event on Friday, December 20th at the Tony Fornelli '51 Alumni Lounge.  
Over 65 African American young alums gathered to reconnect and to learn about The Tolton Society as well as to find our ways to stay involved with Saint Ignatius. 
In addition to Jeremy and David, our Tolton Society leadership also spoke including Gerald McCarthy '80, Erin Toole Williams '87, Malik Murray '92 and Christine Riley '93. Newly named President, John Chandler spoke to the attendees with a positive and uplifting message. 

Tolton Society / BOSS College Panel 10.23.19

The newly renamed Tolton Society joined with BOSS members and hosted the annual College Panel on Wednesday, October 23rd.  This was an informative and significant event for all of our students of color and their families.  Jawann Pollard, Dir. Of College Persistence and Success at The Academy Group, was one of our featured speakers along with Keith Lewis, Dir. Of Community Relations at UIC.  In addition, we also welcomed back Lori Lypson ’93, Ayana Davis ’16, Christopher Koonce ’97, Arthur Reliford ’92 and our moderator, Kimberly Leonard Jackson ’99 as our Alumni Panel.  A special thanks to BOSS moderators, Cheri Smith and Fr. Paul Kalenzi, SJ.  All were treated to a fantastic buffet dinner following the Vision Boards presented by BOSS students.

BOSS Welcome Back Cookout 9.06.19

The annual BOSS/Tolton Society back to school cookout was held on Friday, September 6th at The Alumni Lounge.
BOSS students, their families and many alums gathered together to celebrate good food, great friendships and abundant fun!

Tolton Icon Blessing 8.30.19

Bishop Joseph N. Perry, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago celebrated at the mass for our first Ignatian Value Days of our Sesquicentennial school year on Friday, August 30, 2019. Bishop Perry gave some reflections on the rich history of The Venerable Fr. Augustus Tolton and the context of his ministry in Chicago around the time Fr. Arnold Damen, SJ, and his companions were in their first years at 1076 Roosevelt Road. Bishop Perry then blessed two icons of The Venerable Fr. Augustus Tolton that will hang prominently in the school.

Bud Billiken Parade 8.10.19

The school community had a great turn out as we marched in the Bud Billiken Parade last month. The event helped celebrate the cultural diversity that has always been present at Saint Ignatius College Prep. Click here to see the photo gallery from Phillip Sutton '78.


The Claver Society hosted the biennial Summer Soiree on Saturday, August 4th to benefit the Claver Endowment. The endowment was established to provide tuition assistance to our African American students in need of tuition assistance.

Over 200 guests gathered to honor Dawn Hasbrouck ’94 for her outstanding service and leadership. The evening was a tremendous success as 100% of the $100,000 raised will be designated to the Claver Endowment. This year we will be able to provide 5 students with tuition assistance.

We are very grateful for the outstanding committee that organized and steered the success of the Summer Soiree. Our 2018 Committee: Sheila Harris, Patrice Louis '04, Kimberly Mason '85, Abraham Matthew '05, Gerald S. McCarthy '80, Malik Murray '92, Art Reliford, Jr. '92, Christine Riley '93, Curtrice White Scott '90, Valerie Barker Waller '83, and Erin Toole Williams '87. See photos from the event.

Speaker Series - Michael Strautmanis '87

The Claver Society and Saint Ignatius College Prep welcomed Michael Strautmanis ’87, Chief Engagement Officer for the Obama Foundation, to Saint Ignatius on April 19, 2018
More than 80 alums, present parents and friends of the school gathered for a reception and presentation. Mike spoke about the Obama Foundation, his four years as Senior Advisor to President Obama’s Chief of Staff as well as his four years at his alma mater!
Mike also spoke to dozens of students in the Foglia Library and engaged in a lively Q & A and took an extensive tour of the school with BOSS members, Kennedy Springfield, '19, Brittany Mensah, '19 and Helena Gebremichael, '19.
We would like to offer a sincere thank you to Mike for taking the time to spend the day with Saint Ignatius!
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