Over the past few years, the senior reflection has become an important part of Marquette’s Baccalaureate liturgy. One senior is selected to give a 3-4 minute reflection at the close of the Baccalaureate Mass on Saturday May 16, 2015, at 4:30 pm at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena. We recognize that many seniors could give outstanding reflections on their Marquette experience, and so we have developed the following criteria for the selection process.
- Familiarity with the university’s mission statement and ability to articulate how it has impacted your educational experience.
- Ability to integrate the Scripture readings and themes into your reflection.
- Ability to speak well in a very large public place.
- Ability to speak to the general experience of you and your peers (i.e., going beyond “my” experience).
- Participation in multiple and diverse Marquette activities.
- Ability to meet with a campus minister to develop your reflection.
Here is a process to help you as you prepare your reflection:
- Set aside some time to spend in quiet prayer and reflection with God.
- Make a list of the experiences that have most profoundly shaped you, those for which you are most grateful, and the lessons learned which you think would also connect to the experiences of your classmates.
- Prayerfully read through the Scripture readings and jot down what strikes you.
- Reflect upon how your experience and the experiences of your fellow graduates are connected to the Scriptures and the University’s Mission as a Catholic, Jesuit University.
- From these reflections choose a theme or phrase to focus upon for your written reflection.
- Create an outline that flows from this theme or phrase.
Things to keep in mind
When crafting your reflection, there are some important things to keep in mind:
- Stay focused on your theme throughout your reflection.
- Since your time is limited, it is best to focus on a couple of important points rather than a number of points.
- Although it is good to illustrate your thoughts with examples, avoid the use of too many “I” statements so that you can connect with the general experience of your classmates.
- It is important that your talk is well-organized, yet, it is meant to be spoken, unlike reading a paper. So, remember to keep your sentences relatively short and crafted in a way that engages the assembly.
- Practice in front of your friends or in front of a mirror to get a sense of the flow of your talk (i.e., when to pause, etc.) and how it sounds when spoken out loud.
- Time yourself—reading your written text out loud will actually take you a bit longer than you think.
- Speak from your heart and allow the Holy Spirit to work through you!
Please submit your completed application using this online form and bring a hard copy of your reflection to Campus Ministry, AMU 236,by noon on Wednesday April 15. Sign up for a 15-minute interview slot in the Campus Ministry office. If you cannot make any of the times listed below, please contact Timothy Johnston.
- Wednesday April 22, between 9:00-11:00 am and 3:00-4:30 pm, Chapel of the Holy Family
- Thursday April 23, between 1:00-4:00 pm, Chapel of the Holy Family
We will contact all of the applicants about our selection as soon as the interviews are completed. Your willingness to be a part of this special celebration is greatly appreciated not only by your peers, but the entire Marquette University community as well!