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Wendy Kopp Encourages Marquette Graduates to Pursue Their Passions

Released: 5/26/10

"As you graduates head out to forge your paths, I wish you the luck they and I have had – to find your way to a pursuit that enables you to do work you love, with people who share your convictions, in a way that makes a fundamental difference in the world." -- Wendy Kopp, Founder and Chief Executive of Teach for America

Wendy Kopp gave the Commencement address to Marquette's Class of 2010 on May 23, 2010 at the Bradley Center. More than 2,000 graduating students, their family and friends, and members of the Marquette community attended.

Kopp proposed the creation of Teach For America in her undergraduate senior thesis at Princeton University in 1989 and has spent the last 20 years working to sustain and grow the organization. Teach for America expanded to Milwaukee this year with a cohort of 38 teachers and has 7,300 corps members teaching in 35 urban and rural regions across the country. Marquette is one of two local universities providing course work for the corps members that will enable them to earn a master’s degree in education and complete Wisconsin’s teacher licensure requirements in two years.  

[Commencement Address - PDF format]

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