Marquette's 124th Commencement this Sunday
Several interesting graduates available for interviews
May 18, 2005
Award-winning ABC News political analyst Cokie Roberts will
deliver the Commencement address at Marquette University's
124 th annual ceremony on Sunday, May 22, 2005. More than
1,200 undergraduate students and 700 graduate students will
receive their diplomas at the Bradley Center. A Baccalaureate
Mass and the Commencement ceremony will conclude a week of
events dedicated to graduation on campus.
Media are welcome at all events.
Baccalaureate Mass Saturday, May
4:30 p.m. U.S. Cellular Arena, 500 W. Kilbourn
Marquette University Commencement
Sunday, May 22
9:30 a.m. Bradley Center, 1001 N. 4 th St.
Marquette has an eclectic group of graduates. Their ages
range from 21 to 77. Many graduates work full-time and many
volunteer full-time. Below are a few examples of interesting
people who will receive degrees from Marquette on Sunday.
Media interested in talking to any of the following
or for other interesting graduates please contact Anne Broeker
at (414) 288-0286 or Anne Broeker at (414) 288-0286.
Dr. Arthur Art Wasserman, age 77, will
receive a law degree from Marquette University's Law School.
He has degrees from MIT in chemical engineering (both bachelor's
and Ph.D.), University of Chicago (M.B.A.) and from Oxford
University (M.A.) where he was a Rhodes Scholar in the early
1950s. After he had retired for a second time, he enrolled
as a full-time student in Marquette's law program in August
2002. His career has taken him many places. He was an executive
at Allis-Chalmers and a dean of business at Cardinal Stritch
University. He also worked on the development of nuclear technology
for power generation and space exploration. After his retirement
from Allis-Chalmers, Dr. Wasserman started an entrepreneurial
company that upgraded low efficiency heating systems in homes
and factories to be more energy efficient. He enjoys playing
the cello and singing opera. It was his wife's work that inspired
him to pursue his law degree. She graduated from Marquette's
Law School 10 years ago and has been practicing law at Children's
Court in Wauwatosa since the early 1990s.
Emily Rostkowski, a graduating senior in
the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, is the 2005 recipient
of the Association of Marquette University Women (AMUW) Ignatian
Leadership Award in recognition of her outstanding dedication
to the Marquette values of faith, leadership, excellence and
service. Emily is a strong leader dedicated to both her passions
within her academic interests of International Affairs and
her faith. She was the executive vice president for Marquette
University Student Government. She also served as a tour guide
and new student orientation staff coordinator for the Office
of Undergraduate. Throughout her four years at Marquette,
Ms. Rostkowski was actively involved in community service.
She led retreats for University Ministry, volunteered for
a lunchtime food distribution program for the neighborhood
homeless, and interned for the Archdiocese of Baltimore during
Justice Action Week. She also volunteered for many other service
organizations including: Hunger Clean-Up, Casa Maria, Marquette
Action Program (MAP)Trip, Sarah Scott Teen Center, Guest House,
Repairers of the Breach, Students Enhancing Education. This
last year, Emily was a participant in Kenya and Tanzania in
the Les Aspin Center for Government studying the AIDS epidemic.
She also traveled to Guatemala on a service-learning program
to gain knowledge of health, environment, and infrastructure
of Latin America. In August, Rostgowski will begin a two and
a half year mission with Holy Cross Associates where she will
be working with the poor in Chile.
Heather Johnson is a graduating senior
dedicated not only to her studies to become a physician assistant,
but to her community as well. As a child, she survived leukemia
and after losing a sister to the disease, was inspired to
pursue a career in healthcare. Ms. Johnson truly lives the
ideals of a Burke Scholar, academically talented individuals
who receive a full-tuition scholarship to Marquette to develop
their commitment to serving others. She is part of Healthcare
for the Homeless, Habitat for Humanity (she has been vice
president the past two years), Special Olympics and St. Ben's
soup kitchen. In January and March, Johnson traveled with
doctors and pre-med students to Honduras and although she
receives her bachelor's degree this month, she will spend
another year in Marquette's physician assistant program serving
clinical rotations in the United States and Belize.
A group of employees from Harley-Davidson
will be receiving degrees from Marquette University's College
of Professional Studies: Kim Ashwood, Amy Cerar, Dave
Dessart, and Rick Metz . Marquette University's College
of Professional Studies developed an educational partnership
with Harley-Davidson in 1995 in which Harley-Davidson employees
pursue their bachelor's degree in Organization and Leadership
on-site at the Harley-Davidson Corporate Headquarters. Harley-Davidson
offers generous tuition remission to help its employees pursue
their degrees. Rich Teerlink, the retired CEO of Harley-Davidson,
was one the visionaries who supported the launch of this ten
year program. He will be receiving an honorary doctorate from
Marquette this Sunday. He has been a champion of the
College of Professional Studies and was the first chair of
our Corporate Advisory Council.
Rick Metz, one of Harley-Davidson graduates, will be finishing
up his degree this May and retiring from the workforce in
two years. He did not go through the program simply to advance
his career but truly has an appreciation for life-long learning.
He credits Mr. Teerlink and the Harley - Marquette program as
the impetus for this achievement.
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Phone: (414) 288-0286