Marquette to Celebrate 125th Commencement
Released: May 17, 2006
U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao will be the speaker for Marquette University’s 125th commencement on Sunday, May 21. As Secretary of Labor, Chao is the first Asian-American woman appointed to a Presidential cabinet.
More than 1,500 undergraduate students and 850 graduate students will receive their diplomas at the Bradley Center Sunday. A Baccalaureate Mass and the Commencement ceremony will conclude a week of events dedicated to graduation on campus.
Baccalaureate Mass – Saturday, May 20
7:00 p.m. Bradley Center, 1001 N. 4th St.
Marquette University Commencement – Sunday, May 21
9:30 a.m. Bradley Center, 1001 N. 4 th St.
Below are a few examples of interesting people who will receive degrees from Marquette on Sunday. For interviews with any of the following or for other unique graduates, please contact Anne Broeker in the Office of Marketing and Communication at (414) 288-0286.
Richard A. Burke is celebrating his 50th reunion year as a graduate of Marquette’s class of 1956. He is chairman of Trek Bicycle Corp. in Waterloo, Wis. and Roth Corp. in Denver, Colo., and vice chair of Quad/Graphics. He is a trustee emeritus at Marquette and serves on the boards of the Trinity Foundation, Urban Education Fellowship, Urban Ecology Center, Rails to Trails Conservancy, and Main Street Industries. Burke also founded, with the university, the Burke Scholarship and Trinity Fellows Programs, both of which award up to 10 full-tuition scholarships to students who demonstrate an outstanding commitment to community service. He will receive an honorary doctor of letters degree.
Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J., Laurence J. McGinley Professor of Religion and Society at Fordham University, is an internationally known author, lecturer and theologian. The author of 750 articles and 22 books on theological topics, Cardinal Dulles was named a cardinal by Pope John Paul II in 2001. In addition to degrees from Harvard College and the Gregorian University in Rome, Cardinal Dulles holds 35 honorary doctorates and will receive an honorary doctor of religious studies degree at Marquette.
Eleonore A. Stump, Ph.D., Robert J. Henle, S.J., Professor of Philosophy at Saint Louis University, is the president of the Central Division of the American Philosophical Association and past president of the Society of Christian Philosophers and of the American Catholic Philosophical Association. The author of numerous articles and books, Stump’s research focuses on the Philosophy of Religion, Metaphysics, and Medieval Philosophy. She will receive an honorary doctor of letters degree.
Nathan Miller, a graduating senior in the Diederich
College of Communication, will leave his home town of Milwaukee
later this summer to study drama at the prestigious Julliard
School in New York City. Miller, the son of a Milwaukee
firefighter and a college professor, attended Roosevelt Middle
School of the Arts and Marquette University High School before
earning his undergraduate degree at Marquette. It was
while attending Roosevelt that Miller was bitten by the acting
bug. He went on to perform in regional and high school
theatre productions and as a performing arts major at Marquette
has performed in 18 shows including lead roles in Dead
Man Walking, Bye Bye Birdie, JB, Everyman, Blood Brothers
and Fifth of July.
Laura and Greg Rawls are 22-year-old fraternal twins
from Warrenville, Illinois, who will graduate as Evans Scholars
after a lifetime of education in the same classroom. While
their life paths may have been similar, their interests are
anything but identical. Greg is in the Applied Investment
Management Program in the College of Business Administration
and Laura is a broadcast journalism major in the Diederich
College of Communication. Greg has helped his sister with
a few business courses, while Laura grades her brother's papers.
For more information, interested media may contact Anne Broeker in the Office of Marketing and Communication at (414) 288-0286.
Office of Marketing and Communication Contacts
Media Relations Specialist
Phone: (414) 288-1988