Graduate Profile: Saint Joe Indy Class of 2021 Leonardo Ibarra Ortiz

by Brenden Kudla | May 06, 2021

Saint Joseph’s College of Marian University - Indianapolis Class of 2021

Leonardo Ibarra Ortiz 

High School: Columbus North High School Leo Ortiz Saint Joe Indy

For Leo Ortiz, the hour drive to campus every day has been a grind. However, the experiences as a student at Saint Joseph’s College of Marian University – Indianapolis (Saint Joe Indy) have been worth it.

“I am humbled and grateful for the opportunity to be a student at Saint Joe Indy. The professors here really care about us students. They go above and beyond education. They check in on their students’ well-being, both inside and outside of the classroom,” Ortiz said.

The earn and learn program at Saint Joe Indy is what caught Ortiz’s attention when applying.

“Initially, I was looking at attending Marian as a four-year student, but the two-year college stood out because of the ability to gain real-world experience so early on into your college career,” Ortiz said.

Upon graduation from Saint Joe Indy, Ortiz will transition to being a student at Marian University in the Byrum School of Business.

“As I look forward to being a student on the main campus, I will continue to carry my mom and my sister with me,” Ortiz said. “They are my motivation. My sister is my role model and has set an example for our family. She is the first to get her degree, and I look forward to following in her footsteps.”

To his family, his greatest inspiration, he shares, "Gracias por el constante apoyo y por todo lo que han hecho por mi, no sería el hombre que soy ahora sin cada uno de ustedes. Siempre estaré agradecido. Los quiero mucho."

Congratulations on graduating, Leo! We cannot wait to see what the future has in store for you as a graduate of Saint Joe Indy.