Class of 2021: A model of grace, resilience and perseverance


Editor’s note: Monica Oliver, Sp ’81, President of the Marquette University Alumni Association, shared the remarks below in the virtual Commencement portion of the weekend festivities.

Marquette University, Class of 2021.

Today, we proudly walk with you. And, we invite you to walk with us — our more than 115,000 proud Marquette alumni across the world.

I’m Monica Oliver, president of the Marquette University Alumni Association.

Monica Oliver, SP ’81, President of the Marquette University Alumni Association

On behalf of our alumni community, we are extremely proud of what you have accomplished.

The Class of 2021 will hold a place of distinction in Marquette University history.

Today, we can say with certainty that no class in our 140-year proud tradition as a Catholic, Jesuit university, has had to overcome the immense obstacles that stood in your path.

Through significant challenges and an unprecedented final year, you have reflected a model of grace, resilience and perseverance.

You truly are the future, and we couldn’t be more proud of what that means for our world.

Shaped in faith, purpose and values, you are now poised to make a meaningful impact locally and globally.

Let us help you make that impact.

We encourage you to connect deeply with our alumni association and build your Marquette network to support your future.

Marquette alumni share a unique bond that has spanned many generations.

Every one of you is now a part of something so much larger than any individual.

President Michael R. Lovell greets students at the Class of 2021 Commencement ceremony.

We are honored to welcome you into our Marquette University alumni family.

And, we celebrate you as you go out into the world to Be The Difference.