Senior   Speaker

Speak at Graduation

The Senior Speaker represents someone who has had a true Marquette experience. They are nominated by students and faculty and the top ten finalists are selected based on academic standing, their campus involvement, and how they represent the Marquette University mission. The final candidate is chosen to take the podium at Spring commencement and speak about what it means to go forward as a Marquette alumnus. But to choose the final candidate, the decision is in your hands as a Marquette Senior. This year's top 10 finalists are listed below. Who will represent the class of 2021?

2021 Senior Speaker Candidates

Jackie Gerhardson
Jake LaFleur
Maggie Lena
Vinny Stoll
Grace Terry
Brooke Tickler
Hannah Van Der Karr
Lauren Varkoly
Olivia Ward


One of the ten students selected as a semifinalist in the Senior Speaker process withdrew their candidacy. Another candidate was not selected because that person would have been at a disadvantage not having had as much time to campaign as the others, so it was decided to have nine as opposed to ten candidates this year.