Senior Speaker

Marquette University Student Government leads the nomination and selection process for each graduating class' senior speaker at May commencement.

Class of 2015 Senior Speaker Finalists

Vote for your Class of 2015 Senior Speaker in the general MUSG and RHA elections on March 26

The individual who is selected to be Senior Speaker will give a brief, 5-7 minute speech during the commencement ceremony. The speech itself will invoke a sense of solidarity among the graduating seniors while at the same time provide personal insights gathered during his or her years on campus. A great speech will create an overall theme that epitomizes what it means to be a Marquette Student for the Class of 2015. 

The top three candidates from the March 26 election will be brought before the Senior Speaker Selection Committee for the final selection.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact MUSG Senior Speaker Coordinator Marco Ramirez Becerra


Candidate Biographies

Adam Pulte
Adam Pulte wants to live in a world where billboards broadcast inspirational quotes and not the latest pair of Prada shoes, where the suppressed voices of society are able to ring out courageously without fear of injustice, and where all lives matter, regardless of race, age, or gender.

As a Marquette student, he’s been involved in various service organizations, Greek life and residence life, and the Diederich College of Communication, where he has been recognized as an honors student in the classroom, and as a budding media professional outside of the classroom.

When he’s not drinking coffee at the Brew Bayou, you can find him drinking coffee at Colectivo by the lakeside, Brewed on Brady, or at his favorite hippie hideout, Rochambo Coffee & Tea House.

His next steps after graduation include searching for the cure to caffeine-induced headaches, resurrecting his career as a mediocre stand-up comedian, and attempting to walk on as a starting pitcher for the Milwaukee Brewers.

Connect with Adam on Myspace, Foursquare, or his preferred medium of communication, AOL Instant Messenger, where you can add him by searching for his middle school screen name, therealpablosanchez32.

Brittany White
A double major in Writing-Intensive English and Social Welfare and Justice, Brittany White believes in the power of prayer, the power of empathy, and the power of the human story.  She's been a dedicated volunteer with numerous organizations throughout the Milwaukee area and in other cities for the past four years and plans to pursue a Master of Social Work degree upon graduation after marrying her fiancé in July so that she can continue to contribute to each and every community in which she finds herself. 

Still, having moved ten times and growing up with six siblings, she is anything but boring.  She enjoys exercising, exploring new foods and learning to cook them, and spending time with her family and friends. She’s a chocolate milk enthusiast and novel fanatic, but she also really enjoys working with, learning from, and reading the works of other writers, especially those that are focused on addressing the injustices present in our contemporary society. 

She is incredibly thankful for having spent the past four years here at Marquette and is overwhelmed with love for the community here. Ultimately, she is a passionate, contemplative leader seeking to make a positive impact on her community here in Milwaukee and throughout our world.  

Katelyn Quigley
Katelyn is a Social Welfare and Justice and Writing-Intensive English major and plans to attend law school in the fall, just don’t ask her where quite yet.

Katelyn envisions a world where smiles are warm and genuine, conversations are honest, and the Packers are always Super Bowl champions.

When she’s not studying or discerning post-grad plans, you can find Katelyn volunteering throughout Milwaukee or spending time with the friends that have become her Marquette family. If all else fails, you should probably just look for her in the Brew. 

Rebecca Dempsey
Rebecca Dempsey, like so many students at Marquette is from a Chicago Suburb, Mt. Prospect to be exact.  She is studying Public Relations in the Diederich College of Communication, and is also pursuing minors in Communication Studies and Music. 

During her four years at Marquette she has been involved in numerous activities and organizations, including the Marquette Wind Ensemble and Pep Band, Residence Life, Marquette Radio, Dorothy Day Social Justice Living Learning Community, Public Relations Student Society of America, and Lambda Pi Eta. She has been integral in planning many campus wide activities through Marquette’s Residence Hall Association and Marquette’s National Residence Hall Honorary.  Through these organizations, she has also been a part of various campus committees, including the Dining Advisory Board and Recognition Week. 

In her spare time she can be found with a book in hand, or a knitting project in her bag.  While maintaining a high academic standard and enjoyable social life, Rebecca has also had her fair share of internships in the Milwaukee area.  She is known for being sarcastic, sweet, and sensitive and serves as a great representation of the kind of student that Marquette University attracts.  

Thomas Schick
Thomas J.K. Schick (Yes, that means two middle names. No, don’t ask what they are – you’ll hear them at, well, graduation…) feels like a senior in more ways than class standing. A self-proclaimed “old soul,” you may know Thomas as the sentimental one, reminiscing on the not-so-long-ago “good ole days” when he had a meal plan, Marquette Gyros was selling the best lamb in the land, and the basketball team was utter Madness in March (in a good way).

On campus, there is a 93% chance you will find him hanging around the MUSG office or the CLSI. Fun fact: his apartment didn’t have internet junior year, so he did everything but sleep in the AMU, and Marquette was gracious enough not to charge him for rent to live there! With that said, Marquette University is Thomas’ home in more ways than one and is just as excited/apprehensive/[insert senior feels here] as you are, but it will be Golden Grahams.

Thomas is a political science and economics double major attending law school in the fall, and he can neither confirm nor deny that he will be wearing his lucky gold pants under his graduation gown.


Annie Shuey
Annie is a senior double majoring in Public Relations and Political Science. She is from Palo Alto, Calif., and still can't help but break out her winter coat as soon as the temperature gets below 40 degrees. On campus, Annie is involved with Greek Life, Orientation Staff, Campus Ministry, MUSG, the Les Aspin Center, and is a member of Marquette's rowing team.

Annie also enjoys volunteering as an assistant coach for an elementary school girls running team through Girls on the Run. In her spare time, Annie can probably be found shopping at Trader Joe's or stalking the San Francisco Giants.

She firmly believes in the power of a positive attitude, a leap of faith, and a large iced coffee. 

Jamie Rehm
Jaime Rehm is a finance, international business and Spanish triple major who is currently searching for some lost soul to employ her full-time post graduation. Thinking about graduation, Jaime remembers when the Golden Eagles played at the Bradley Center; when #MUBB was at the top and the bottom of the Big East; each of the 3 different Presidents during our tenure at Marquette; when Marquette Gyros had the best cheese curds and Subway still existed; and when the Marquette Bat graced us with his presence at a basketball game.

It is doubtful you met Jaime freshman year, as the sorting hat so unluckily placed her in Mashuda. Her (freshman year) claim to fame was when she joined club basketball, and the team coincidentally won the Women's National Club Basketball Championship. (At which time Jaime decided to retire early and end her athletic career on high note.) She has more than likely seen most of you, however, through her time here at Marquette as she is often a card swiper at the Rec or that person walking around in the funny looking red fanny pack.

When she is not saving lives at the Rec Center/Plex, she can be found spending her time studying (or attempting to) in Straz Business School until approximately 11:37 p.m., when DPS so politely reminds her that the building closed 37 minutes ago. Once kicked out of Straz, she can be found trudging off to Raynor until the wee-hours of the morning. Walking through campus it is more than likely that you will see Jaime looking extremely fashionable in yoga pants and a tshirt (most likely with ΑΦ letters on it or sporting newly purchased Marquette gear from the spiritshop). On weekends, Jaime can be found with many of her fellow seniors at local establishments enjoying the finest Brew City has to offer.

Laura McNabb
Born and raised in the (414), Laura McNabb is a senior in the College of Nursing who has a deep investment in Marquette and in the surrounding community. Because she would rather pass policies than medications, Laura is interested in pursuing a future in public health to work with vulnerable populations.

As President of MARDI GRAS, Marquette's natural disaster relief organization, Laura has learned the importance of community, collaboration, social innovation, and the importance of a good pair of overalls. After she learned that Midnight Run did not literally mean jogging in the dark, Laura was thrilled to join Midnight Run in her freshman year to address hunger and homelessness in Milwaukee.

Since this immersion in the surrounding community, she has created evolving relationships with our neighbors in local homeless shelters and medical clinics. Her job as a campus tour guide reminds her daily how transformational her Marquette experience has been - from hot cookie nights in McCormick to singing inside St. Joan of Arc Chapel to dancing under ripped-ticked rain at the Bradley Center basketball games. From the Honors Program lecture halls to the sidewalks of Milwaukee, she strives to be a student inside and outside of the classroom.

Laura enjoys running to the lake, practicing yoga, traveling, attending Turner Hall concerts, performing spoken word poetry, and starting every morning with a cup of black coffee. 

Sara Bres
We’ve all been there—rushing through the AMU between classes, searching for a free printer or catching up at the Brew. As a student manager of the information center these past four years, Sara Bres has become a familiar face at the AMU as she’s frequently seen chatting with fellow students and energetically engaging with prospective families and MKE community members.

Beyond the desk, Sara has created her own Marquette experience as she’s volunteered with Midnight Run, found a community at the Chapel of the Holy Family, and most of all built relationships with fellow students that will last beyond the MU campus.

Vote for Sara to hear her make sense of OUR past four years at Marquette, and get us excited for what’s ahead. 

Travis Smith
Smith is a senior at Marquette University, studying Broadcasting/Electronic Communications and English Literature.  He transferred to Marquette from Santa Clara University, and believes it to be the best decision he has made in life thus far. 

At Marquette, Travis drinks way too much coffee and has submerged himself with extracurriculars: he sings in The Naturals a cappella group, is a member of Greek Life (Kappa Sigma), works as a Tour Guide, hosts an MU-Radio show, and helps with Students for an Environmentally Active Campus. Born and raised in Seattle, Travis is addicted to playing music (namely the guitar), Seattle sports teams (namely the Mariners), and travel (namely anywhere). 

The five things that make Travis tick are mountains, swimming places other than a pool, sitting in spots where his feet do not touch the ground, blackberry ice cream, and grizzly bears.  Once upon a time, he and his three best friends from high school pooled their money, purchased a Volkswagen Hippy-Bus, and drove it around the country to see a baseball game in every stadium.  Once upon the future, he hopes to be a writer and have the opportunity to somehow eternally preserve the Shakespeare & Company bookstore in Paris, France.

The Senior Speaker Committee would like to thank all of the members of the Class of 2015 who applied for Senior Speaker: 

Aiman Jamilah Abdul Rahman
Briana Erhard
Chandler Farris
Elizabeth Ferek
Rachel Gomez
Farzeen Harunani
Sean Hegarty
Annamarie Hernandez
Laurel Hogan
Sara Johnson

Kruti Kadakia
Lauren Kehoe
Francis Landoy
Haley Loprieno
Aaron Maybin
Dylan Schwantes
Annie Shuey
Madeline Smart
Andrew Stasiukevicius
Joseph Vonderhaar