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Wendy Kopp to Give Keynote for Marquette Graduation

Released 5/21/10

Nearly 1,300 undergraduates and more than 700 graduate and professional students will receive their Marquette degrees at the school’s Commencement ceremony on the Sunday, May 23rd. The commencement speaker will be Wendy Kopp, founder and chief executive of Teach For America. She will also be the recipient of an honorary doctorate degree.

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.  

For the first time Commencement will be webcast so that family and friends of graduates who are not able to be in Milwaukee can participate in the ceremony. 

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