Marquette University News Release

Photo/video opportunities: Marquette Commencement is May 20

May 17, 2018

MILWAUKEE — Marquette University’s 137th Commencement will take place on Sunday, May 20, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, 1001 N. 4th St. Marquette will provide a live webcast of the Commencement ceremony.

Jeannie and Jim Gaffigan, a wife-husband team who have collaborated on a wide variety of comedy projects, will serve as Marquette University’s Commencement speakers. The Gaffigans, who have been referred to as “comedy’s quietest power couple” by Vanity Fair magazine, will each receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. Jeannie is an alumna of Marquette, graduating from the Diederich College of Communication in 1992.

The Gaffigans will be available for a brief group interview inside the BMO Harris Bradley Center from 8:50 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. prior to the ceremony. Media who would like to attend this session should RSVP to Chris Jenkins, Associate Director of Communication, at christopher.t.jenkins@marquette.edu or (414) 828-2725 as soon as possible to confirm attendance. Members of the media will be asked to meet in the East Atrium of the BMO Harris Bradley Center at 8:30 a.m. the morning of Commencement.

Jenkins will also be available for interviews beginning at 6:30 a.m. Sunday before the ceremony, at the corner of N. 4th and W. State Streets, to discuss Commencement and provide facts about this year’s graduating class.

Photographers are welcome to capture b-roll and still images during the ceremony, as long as they do so in an unobtrusive manner. There is a reserved area for media in Section 215, rows A, B and C, of the BMO Harris Bradley Center. A mult box is available to broadcast outlets for audio.

For assistance on the morning of the event, please contact any of the following:

  • Chris Jenkins, associate director of university communication
    (414) 828-2725 – mobile
  • Chris Stolarski, senior communication strategist
    (414) 235-6060 – mobile
  • Joe DiGiovanni, senior communication specialist
    (414) 331-7880 – mobile

About Chris Jenkins


Chris Jenkins

Chris is the Associate Director of University Communication in the Office of Marketing and Communication. Contact Chris at (414) 288-4745 or christopher.t.jenkins@marquette.edu. View all posts by .