Marquette University News Release

Marquette to celebrate Mid-year Commencement Sunday, Dec. 18

December 14, 2011

Milwaukee native to be featured student speaker

Nearly 500 Marquette University graduates will be recognized at Mid-year Commencement on Sunday, Dec. 18, 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. Michael Switzenbaum, professor and executive associate dean of engineering, as well as remarks from Marquette President Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., and featured student speaker Pauline Pag·n, who is graduating from the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences. Graduation events will also include a Baccalaureate Mass at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at the Church of the Gesu, 1145 W. Wisconsin Ave.

Switzenbaum, whose address is titled “Some Helpful Quotations,” has more than 33 years of teaching experience and is recognized internationally as an expert in the application of microbiology to environmental engineering. He has traveled and lectured extensively on environmental engineering, having made presentations or co-chaired short courses in the United States, Brazil, China, Mexico, the Netherlands and other countries.

Pag·n, a Milwaukee native who attended Rufus King High School, will graduate with a double major in criminology and law studies and Spanish for the professions. The first in her family to attend college, she participated in Marquette’s Educational Opportunity Program, an academic program that supports first-generation and low-income students. While juggling a full-time job and school schedule, she found time to be active on campus, participating in the Latin American Student Organization, National Pan Hellenic Council, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Criminology and Law Studies Society, and Gospel Choir. Off campus, she volunteered for the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin, the United Community Center and Franklin Pierce Elementary School.

Media who would like to attend graduation should contact Andy Brodzeller in the Office of Marketing and Communication at 414-288-0286 (office) or 414-587-6241(cell).

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