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Senior   Speaker


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. 


Nominations are now being accepted for the Senior speaker at Spring 2024 Commencement If you know students who represents the Marquette mission and the Class of 2024, nominate them for this honor. Eligible nominees will be contacted and invited to apply for the role.


Nominations can be completed online and will be accepted until Friday, February 22, 2024, at 11:00 p.m. Finalists will be selected during the MUSG spring election on March 28, 2024.


  1. The Senior Speaker must be a student graduating in December, May, or August who is eligible to participate in the May commencement ceremony of their graduating year and who has been a full-time undergraduate student for at least (5) semesters at Marquette and has a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.

  2. The Senior Speaker shall not have been on academic or disciplinary probation at any point in his/her enrollment at Marquette.

  3. No present or former member of the MUSG Executive Board or Senior Speaker Selection Committee may serve as Senior Speaker.


  • Once nominees are deemed eligible, they are contacted and invited to apply for the role.  

  • A selection committee comprised of three faculty and one senior (or junior) from each college  reviews applications and selected 10 semifinalists.

  • NOTE:  applications are judged blind (meaning, applicants' names are not on the materials.)

  • The 10 semifinalists' names will appear on the election ballots and 3 finalists chosen from them by eligible senior voters in MUSG's spring 2024 election.

  • The 3 finalists present a draft of their speech to the selection committee who then  recommends a finalist to the University President.

Full process as outlined in MUSG's Constitution is HERE.

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