Family lured Jerrianne and her husband to South Milwaukee in 2002 from Southern California where she worked as, first, a journalist, then, as a court information officer. She now stays busy with media-relations consulting, playing with her three grandchildren (part of the lure), writing, discovering her new environs, and hoping her garden will produce before the first fall frost.
The 2,300-plus bachelor, master and doctoral candidates who marched into the Bradley Center for Marquette University’s commencement exercises on Sunday included people from 16 countries and 41 states. South Milwaukee was fantastically represented by eight graduates, according to my quick review of the program listings.
Daughter Carrianne was one of the eight. (That’s how I became aware that 57 countries and states were represented and got a program to review.)
I described Carrianne in a previous post to this blog as a dog because of her determination in finding the lowest grocery prices, specials and coupons to the point that on occasion a store has ended up owing her money when she checked out.
That same dogged determination helped her complete her doctor of philosophy course work with a 4.0 grade point average in Educational Policy and Leadership and to write and successfully defend her dissertation while teaching university courses, working as a research assistant and being pregnant and becoming a terrific, attentive mother to first one, then two, and finally three children, who currently range in age from 18 months to six years old.
Her fellow South Milwaukeean Marquette grads are Nicholas J. Sabel, who received his doctor of dental surgery from the School of Dentistry; Nicholas R. Newton, who graduated from the Graduate School of Management with a Master of Business Administration; James P. Diamond, Anthony L. Simmons and Tabitha Sparks, who earned College of Arts and Sciences bachelor degrees, and Brittany M. Beck and Nicole M. Suchowski, who were awarded College of Business Administration bachelor degrees.
No doubt Nicholas Newton, Nicholas Sabel, James Diamond, Anthony Simmons, Tabitha Sparks, Brittany Beck and Nicole Suchowski had the support, encouragement and assistance of their families as did Carrianne, whose husband, Tom Spaltholz, and father, Hibbie Hayslett, helped her realize this superlative academic achievement.
Congratulations and best wishes to all eight South Milwaukee Marquette grads.