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New Student Convocation
Al McGuire Center,
Program begins at 7 p.m.
August 26, 2015

Marquette University Band
Dr. Erik Janners, Conductor

Master of Ceremonies
Dr. Daniel Myers, Provost

Dr. Stephanie Russell
Vice President for Mission and Ministry

Convocation Address
Dr. Abiola Keller
Director of Clinical Research and Clinical Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Studies
College of Health Sciences

Presentation of the Class
Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Richard Holz, Dean
College of Business Administration, Dr. Brian Till, James H. Keyes Dean of Business Administration
J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication, Dr. Ana Garner, Interim Dean
College of Education, Dr. William A. Henk, Dean
Opus College of Engineering, Dr. Kristina Ropella, Opus Dean
College of Health Sciences, Dr. William E. Cullinan, Dean
College of Nursing, Dr. Donna McCarthy, Interim Dean

Keynote Address
Dr. Abiola Keller
Director of Clinical Research and a clinical assistant professor of Physician Assistant Studies in the College of Health Sciences

Dr. Michael R. Lovell, President

Dr. Michael R. Lovell

Honor Pledge and Class Induction
Zack Wallace, President, Marquette University Student Government
Senior, Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences

Presentation of Class Banner
Aliya Manjee, Executive Vice President, Marquette University Student Government
Junior, Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences

Blessing by Parents and Benediction
Rev. Jeffrey T. LaBelle, S.J.
Rector, Jesuit Community

Marquette University Anthem
Bridget Sampson
Sophomore, Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences

Marquette University Band


Dr. Lovell: Are you willing to commit yourself to the pursuit of excellence in your studies and in all that you do and all that you are?

Students: I am.

Dr. Lovell: Are you willing to deepen your faith by actively seeking the truth about God and the world in ways that are inclusive of the diversity of seekers around you?

Students: I am.

Dr. Lovell: Are you willing to demonstrate leadership that is both ethical and informed as a member of the Marquette community?

Students: I am.

Dr. Lovell: Are you willing to be of service to others, actively entering into the struggle for a more just society?

Students: I am.

I recognize the importance of personal integrity in all aspects of life and work. I commit myself
to truthfulness, honor and responsibility, by which I earn the respect of others. I support the
development of good character and commit myself to uphold the highest standards of academic
integrity as an important aspect of personal integrity. My commitment obliges me to conduct
myself according to the Marquette University Honor Code.

Hail alma mater,
Thee we do call.
We’re here to greet thee,
Dearest friend to all.
We’re here to show thee
Our love is strong
Hail alma mater!
Marquette, hear our song!

The Marquette University seal consists of two parts enclosed within a blue circular band that includes the year the university was founded, 1881.

The upper half bears the motto Numen Flumenque (meaning “God and the [Mississippi] River”) and the coat of arms of the Loyola family in honor of St. Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus.

The gold and red diagonal bands honor seven heroes from the House of Onaz, the maternal side of Ignatius’ parentage. The wolves symbolize the generosity of the House of Loyola — even the wolves found something in the kettle on which to feast.

The lower half depicts Rev. Jacques Marquette, S.J., the 17th-century Jesuit missionary and explorer after whom the university is named who lived among various Great Lakes tribes for nine years seeking to win their commitment to the Gospel. The Miami guide represents the many Miami guides who accompanied him on his explorations of the western Great Lakes and Mississippi River system.

Wilhelm Lamprecht painted Père Marquette and the Indians more than a decade before the university’s founding. It depicts a member of the Illini, or Illinois Confederacy, offering guidance to Father Marquette and two Miami guides, who led him from the Wisconsin River to the Mississippi River. The female figure represents the Virgin Mary, who is repeatedly invoked in Father Marquette’s travel journals. The painting presents a romantic vision of reciprocity and dialogue among members of the Illini and Miami tribes and Father Marquette.

The tradition of a chain of office dates back to the Middle Ages. The mayor of a medieval town was presented, at his investiture, with a chain of medallions that represented the guilds working together for the welfare of the town. The chief official of a medieval university held similar authority and thus was honored with a chain of office, but his was composed of insignia of all the university’s colleges.

Marquette’s presidential chain of office was presented on December 16, 1953, to then-president Edward J. O’Donnell, S.J., by four professors who found refuge at the university after being exiled from their communist homelands.

A gold medallion bearing the likeness of two Jesuit saints, Ignatius of Loyola and Francis Xavier, hangs from the chain with 21 bronze links, including the Marquette seal, the symbol of the Blessed Trinity, and insignia of the university’s schools and colleges.

Maces were medieval war clubs. At universities, the mace became a traditional symbol of protection and later evolved into use as a longer walking stick. The mace bearer is traditionally one of the university’s senior faculty members.

Marquette’s mace, made of mahogany and topped with a replica of the university seal, has been incorporated in university ceremonies since 1990, first used at the inauguration of then-president Albert J. DiUlio, S.J.

The Class of 2019 banner symbolizes the unity of the incoming class of Marquette students and will accompany the class at important events — from Convocation through Commencement.

To mark the entry into academic life at Marquette, each student will receive the Marquette Pin, to be worn with pride. The pin is designed with the official university seal and symbolizes the rich tradition of excellence, faith, leadership and service that comprise Marquette’s mission.