A lot can change in 45 years. There were three graduates in the first EOP class of 1970 and in 2014 there were well over 100. One thing that clearly did not change was the unwavering dedication of Michael Bolger, President Emeritus of the Medical College of Wisconsin and 1960s Civil Rights activist. Standing on the stage Monday, Bolger's passion for equality seemed just as fresh as when he first joined Father Groppi's protests at St. Boniface in 1968.
"During the movement a lot of people got caught up in the differences between communities," Bolger said. "But there is only one race: the human race. Some of us are melanin challenged and others are not."
Maureen Hoyer, a founding member of EOP, said she believed that the program still has a long way to go. "I thought we'd be further," Hoyer said. "Students need to demand more of Marquette. You have the right to a quality education, but you must demand it."
Bolger concluding by saying, "Students at Marquette can get involved in a number of ways, but for God sakes get involved."