Marquette University’s 133rd Commencement will be held Sunday, May 18, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, 1001 N. 4th St. The event is open to the public.
Rev. James Martin, S.J., best-selling author and editor-at-large of America, a national Catholic magazine, will be the 2014 Commencement speaker. He will receive an honorary doctor of letters degree as part of the ceremony.
In addition, T. Michael Bolger, former president and CEO of the Medical College of Wisconsin, will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree as part of the ceremony.
This year’s student speaker is Spencer Bonahoom, who will receive a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Bonahoom’s speech, “The Search,” will highlight the culture of search and discovery at Marquette and the transformation students undergo throughout their college education.
About Rev. James Martin, S.J.
Bestselling author and Jesuit priest, Father Martin is a frequent commentator in national and international media, having appeared on “The Colbert Report,” “NewsHour with Jim Lehrer” and Vatican Radio, and in the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. He has appeared on the “The Colbert Report” six times, and on his third visit, host Stephen Colbert stopped introducing him as “friend of the show” as he does with other guests, but as “The Colbert Report’s official chaplain.” He is also active on social media, particularly on Facebook, where 64,000 people follow his public page “Fr. James Martin, SJ” and on Twitter, with more than 38,000 people following him @JamesMartinSJ.
About T. Michael Bolger
T. Michael Bolger is a prominent civic leader and a national authority on health care law. Bolger served as President and CEO of the Medical College of Wisconsin from 1990 to 2010. He has served on more than 20 civic boards including the Greater Milwaukee Committee; the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, where he is credited with spearheading the construction and financing of the Rep’s theater complex; and the Marquette University Alumni Association, where he served as President of the National Board of the Association, was named Alumnus of the Year, and co-chaired the campaign to build the Alumni Memorial Union. He is the recipient of numerous awards from organizations including the Milwaukee Press Club, the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, the Milwaukee Foundation, the Wisconsin Medical Society and Medical College of Wisconsin student government, which honored him with the first Standing Ovation Award for service to students.
Photographers are welcome at Commencement to capture b-roll and still images freely in an unobtrusive manner. A mult-box will be available to broadcast outlets for audio. Media interested in attending or connecting with graduates at the event should contact Jesse Lee, senior communication specialist, (414) 550-4116, or Andy Brodzeller, associate director of university communication, (414) 587-6241.