Nearly 2,400 students will participate in Marquette University’s Commencement ceremony Sunday, May 22, at 9:30 a.m. at the Bradley Center. The Baccalaureate Mass will be held Saturday, May 21, at 4:30 p.m., at the U.S. Cellular Arena.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian David McCullough will be the Commencement speaker. He will receive an honorary degree from Marquette, along with:
• Will Allen, co-founder and CEO of Growing Power
• Bill Drayton, founder of Ashoka: Innovators for the Public
• Catherine Rick, chief officer in the Office of Nursing Services for the Department of Veteran Affairs
The student address will be given by Brian Harper, of Fond du Lac, Wis., who is graduating from the Diederich College of Communication with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Harper, who minored in philosophy and Spanish, was a columnist for the Marquette Tribune during his senior year. Following graduation, he plans to join the Jesuit Volunteer Corps.
Commencement will be webcast so that family and friends not in attendance can view the ceremony.
All campus parking lots will be open and free of charge over Commencement weekend, May 20-22. Gates to all lots (except Lot G) and the 16th Street and Wells Street parking structures will open Friday afternoon and will remain open through Sunday evening. Structures will still be staffed with an attendant. For more information, contact Jay Sobota, parking services manager, at 8-6911.
Rev. Robert A. Wild, S.J., president of Marquette, will join six others as inductees to the Marquette M Club Hall of Fame in a ceremony Saturday, Aug. 20. In addition to Father Wild, the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics will induct Brianna Dahm (cross country/track and field), Travis Diener (men’s basketball), LaVern Dilweg (football/men’s basketball/track and field), Rhegan Hyypio (women’s soccer), Tony Miller (men’s basketball) and the 1937 Cotton Bowl football team. They will join 72 other honorees enshrined in the Al McGuire Center's Walk of Champions.
"This unique group represents individuals across a broad spectrum of time and competition, but all contributed greatly to the proud tradition of Marquette Athletics," said Director of Athletics Steve Cottingham.
Father Wild, who will retire this summer after 15 years as Marquette president, oversaw tremendous growth in the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, including Marquette's jump to the BIG EAST Conference. During Father Wild's tenure, more than 40 endowed athletic scholarships have been added, Marquette's athletic teams have won 21 team conference championships and 49 individual titles. Student-athletes have also earned 29 All-America honors and have maintained a graduation rate of 81 percent.
The Marquette community is invited to a Texas-style BBQ hosted by Men’s Head Basketball Coach Buzz Williams, Wednesday, June 29, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Central Mall. Cost is $10 per person for attendees age 5 and older.
Entering its fourth summer, the annual event features Williams and current and former Marquette players, games and a Texas-style BBQ dinner.
The Marquette women's soccer team will host three summer camps in June and July as part of its 2011 Summer Camp Series.
Marquette women's soccer camps offer a chance for youth athletes to receive small group instruction from Marquette women's soccer players as well as the coaching staff.
For more information e-mail Markus Roeders, head women’s soccer coach.