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Commencement speaker

David Brooks, Commencement SpeakerDavid Brooks, the New York Times best-selling author and political commentator, will serve as Marquette University's Commencement speaker on Sunday, May 19. As part of the university's Commencement ceremony, he will receive an honorary doctor of letters degree. 

“David Brooks is an accomplished communicator who will continue Marquette’s tradition of hosting exceptional, nationally renowned Commencement speakers," said Michael R. Lovell, university president. “His insights are sure to be as fresh as the morning’s headlines, filled with thoughtfulness and humor, and an inspirational sendoff for our graduates.” Learn more.

Sister Ann M. Durst, SHCJ, founder of Casa Cornelia Law Center in San Diego, will receive an honorary doctor of law degree during the ceremony. Throughout her 60 years as a Sister of the Holy Child Jesus, Sister Ann has made significant and enduring contributions in the fields of education and law. Early on in her vocation, Sister Ann taught and administered at several schools founded by the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, including School of the Holy Child in Rye, N.Y., and Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child in Summit, N.J. From 1971-1978, Sister Ann served as president of Rosemont College in Rosemont, Pa., which was also founded by the Society in 1921. Learn more.