Wendy Kopp, founder and chief executive of Teach For America, will be the speaker for Marquette University’s spring 2010 commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 23. The ceremony will take place at the Bradley Center, 1001 N. 4th St., at 9:30 a.m.
Kopp proposed the creation of Teach For America in her undergraduate senior thesis at
Teach For America expanded to
“The selection of Wendy Kopp as our 2010 commencement speaker draws attention to our yearlong Celebration of the Centennial of Women at Marquette, marking the historic decision to admit women to the university, and to our ongoing mission to provide access to education for the underserved,” said Marquette President Robert A. Wild, S.J. “We share her commitment to address injustice and to improve the lives of young people by providing qualified, committed teachers.”
Kopp is the author of One Day, All Children: The Unlikely Triumph of Teach For America and What I Learned Along the Way and has received numerous honors for her foresight, leadership and commitment, including the Harold W. McGraw, Jr., Prize in 2006, the John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award in 2004, the Clinton Center Award for Leadership and National Service in 2003 and Child’s Magazine Children’s Champion Award in 2003.
As part of the commencement ceremony, Kopp will receive an honorary degree from
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Both Biskupic and McLaughlin are
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