May 14, 2011
2011 graduate Nicole Weinert from Hartford, WI accepts her diploma from Dr. Steven DiSalvo
FOND DU LAC, Wis. — Marian University held its 71st spring commencement exercises on May 13 and 14.
At the commencement ceremony held in the Howard Sadoff Gymnasium on Saturday, President Dr. DiSalvo welcomed the guests and expressed his heartfelt congratulations to all graduates, “You have much to celebrate as your hard work and dedication has led you to this achievement. And while the future brings many unknowns and limitless possibilities, you academic credentials will be with you forever. You earned it and we are truly blessed to share in the celebration of your achievement of academic excellence.”
President DiSalvo also spoke of the value and impact that each student has as a graduate of Marian, “You have been inspired by those around you to reach or exceed your highest potential. And you do this with dignity and grace that every Marian graduate holds true. Living the core values does not stop today. Marian is and will always be home to each of you. The strength of Marian remains in her people, and for that we celebrate together.”
SAC Mary Galligan address the graduating class of 2011
Keynote speaker FBI Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Mary Galligan spoke of the importance of support of family and of those who serve and protect our nation, “Be thankful for all the support you have had along your journey. The support of our men and women in uniform who sacrifice to ensure we have the right to assemble like this; the support of your community in office Craig Birkholz who made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure you were safe while you studied; and the support of your loved ones who gave of their time and energy to help you through every obstacle. When the time is right, make sure to tell you loved ones how much it all means to you. When the opportunity presents, thank a person in uniform.”
SAC Galligan also challenged graduates to inspire others and work toward achieving their goals, “You sit here today in the middle of your American Dream. You are receiving a degree from Marian University; you have learned what the word ‘community’ means; and you have learned how we must all fight for social justice. You know about service to others. So how do you get t he best American Dream? How are you going to make the most of your chance? You need to grab hold of your dream and run with it.”
The ceremony featured the graduation of 256 undergraduates and 119 graduate degree recipients. Three students received Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership and Administration degrees.
The weekend’s activities also included a graduation mass, a School of Nursing Pinning Ceremony and a School of Education Commissioning Ceremony.