A National Marquette Day message to students from university leaders

Dear students,

National Marquette Day 2020 is Sunday, Feb. 9. This tradition began nearly 25 years ago with the intention of uniting the Marquette community, near and far, to celebrate who we are as an institution: Catholic and Jesuit, dedicated to service, and being women and men for and with others. For this reason, National Marquette Day wraps up Mission Week, a time of reflection, gratitude and prayer that celebrates our mission and the values that connect us.

Marquette’s mission is focused on cura personalis – care for the whole person, which also applies to how our students care for one another. The university adheres to its Good Samaritan Policy, and we expect students to uphold the community expectations expressed in the Student Conduct Code. Many of you have gone through Red Watch Band bystander intervention training. We ask that you watch out for each other and put this training to use if necessary.

As a community of diverse backgrounds, experiences and viewpoints, we recognize and appreciate those students who choose not to drink or are in recovery from a substance use disorder. As university leaders, we expect students to adhere to the university’s Alcohol Policy—not just during National Marquette Day celebrations, but always. Underage drinking, illegal substance use, abuse of alcohol and/or or high-risk use of alcohol are counter to Marquette’s values and often disrupt our ability to treat one another with dignity and respect. This impacts the safety and security of our entire community, especially the sense of belonging of those in our community who choose not to or cannot use alcohol.

This year, the date of the National Marquette Day game falls on a Sunday due to the availability of nationally televised weekend home games during spring semester. Regardless of the date of the game, the purpose of National Marquette Day remains the same: a celebration of who we are as a Marquette community. We hope you will join us at one or more of the following National Marquette Day-related events:

Thursday, Feb. 6

  • Late Night Marquette will host “Pop Quiz: Jeopardy” at 9 p.m. at the Annex.

Friday, Feb. 7

  • All day, gratitude boards, notes and rocks will be on display in the second-floor lobby of the AMU.
  • MUSG will host a Tubing Excursion at Sunburst Winter Sports Park. Buses depart campus at 6 p.m.
  • A Mission Week gospel concert will be performed at 4:45 p.m. in the Varsity Theatre.

Saturday, Feb. 8

  • Men’s Lacrosse plays Bellarmine at noon at Valley Fields.
  • Late Night Marquette will host a Comedy Sportz Show at 9 p.m. at the Weasler Auditorium.

Sunday, Feb. 9

  • Men’s Basketball will take on Butler at 11 a.m. at the Fiserv Forum.
    • Free bus shuttles from campus to the Fiserv Forum will be available on Sunday beginning 90 minutes prior to tip off. Buses pick up at The Annex on 16th Street; return shuttles drop off outside The Annex after the game too. In honor of National Marquette Day, the Office of Engagement and Inclusion will be providing donuts to fans as they get on the bus.
  • Men’s Tennis plays Valparaiso at 2 p.m. at the Rec Center.
  • The Wellness Center will host an alcohol free viewing party in AMU 163 and 3 v. 3 basketball tournament from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Rec Plex.
  • Mass will conclude Mission Week, 6 p.m. at the Church of the Gesu.

However you choose to participate in National Marquette Day events, we hope you all live out Marquette’s mission by having fun, staying safe and looking out for one another.


Dr. Xavier Cole, vice president for student affairs
Edith Hudson, chief of Marquette University Police Department
Bill Scholl, vice president and director of athletics