Sunflowers for President Lovell

As the Marquette community mourns the loss of President Michael R. Lovell, the university has placed sunflowers across campus in his memory. The sunflower is a familiar symbol for sarcoma awareness, a reminder to those affected by these cancers that there is hope for a brighter future.

Yet the symbolism of sunflowers resonates here beyond a message of hope. Sunflowers stand tall and strong, reflecting the sun’s light and holding their heads high through adversity, much like President Lovell did throughout his difficult cancer journey. With deep faith and fortitude, President Lovell continued to inspire, encourage and lead our university amid his health challenges.

We ask that you continue to support President Lovell’s family, friends, and Marquette and Milwaukee community members through their journeys of grief. We encourage all to plant the sunflower’s seeds of hope in his honor and spread gratitude for our visionary leader.