Keynote and student speaker to focus on the importance of service
Nearly 500 Marquette University graduates will be recognized at Mid-year Commencement on Sunday, Dec. 15, at the U.S. Cellular Arena, 400 W. Kilbourn Ave.
The program will begin at 9.30 a.m. and will feature a keynote address by Dr. Donald A. Neumann, professor of physical therapy in the College of Health Sciences, as well as remarks from Marquette Interim President Robert A. Wild, S.J., and featured student speaker Brendan Takash, who is graduating from the J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication. Graduates and their families are also invited to participate in a Baccalaureate Mass at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14 at Church of the Gesu, 1145 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Neumann is a physical therapist and fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association. His book, Kinesiology of the Musculoskeletal System: Foundations for Rehabilitation, widely recognized as the top kinesiology text for physical therapists around the world, is available in six languages. Neumann has received four Fulbright Awards, a rare honor that stands as testament to his scholarly ability. He is believed to be the only physical therapist and one of the few professors in any area to accomplish such a feat. Neumann also co-authored Essentials of Kinesiology for the Physical Therapist Assistant and is the associate editor of the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy.
Takash, a Chicago native, will graduate with a bachelor of arts, majoring in broadcast and electronic communication with a minor in economics. He plans to continue his education by pursuing his MBA in the Marquette Graduate School of Management.
Media who would like to attend graduation should contact Jesse Lee in the Office of Marketing and Communication at (414) 288-4984 (office) or (414) 550-4116 (cell).