MILWAUKEE — Dwyane Wade will return to Marquette University as this year's commencementspeaker, the university announced Thursday.
Wade is a former NBA basketball player who played the majority of his career for the Miami Heat. He has won three NBA championships and was a 13-time NBA All-Star. He also has an Olympic gold medal.
Wade played for Marquette University from 2001 to 2003 and led the 2003 team to the Final Four.
.@DwyaneWade, a three-time @NBA champion, Olympic gold medalist and one of the 75 greatest players in NBA history who led @MarquetteU to the Final Four in 2003, will serve as Marquette University's undergraduate Commencement speaker on Sunday, May 22, at 9 a.m. pic.twitter.com/YORV5rQFxp— Marquette University (@MarquetteU) April 28, 2022
“Through his voice and his actions, Dwyane Wade has done what Marquette University asks of all of its students and alumni: to Be The Difference,” Marquette President Michael R. Lovell said. “He is a credit to the transformational experience our university offers its students and, in turn, has been a great source of excitement and pride to the Marquette community. We are delighted to once again welcome Dwyane back to Milwaukee to deliver an inspiring address and offer an appropriately thrilling send-off to our graduates.”
Now, Wade is involved in a variety of things. He recently joined the Utah Jazz and Real Salt Lake ownership groups, he serves as a regular analyst for TNT, and is a creative director for Bleacher Report.
He is the New York Times bestselling author of “A Father First,” co-authored the New York Times bestselling children’s book “Shady Baby,” and recently released his photographic memoir “DWYANE.”
Wade co-founded the Social Change Fund United to invest in organizations focused on empowering communities of color and advocating for the human rights of all Black lives. He also uses his social media platforms to help advance racial justice and LGBTQ equality.
Marquette University will host two commencement ceremonies, one for undergraduate students and one for graduate school students on Sunday, May 22 at the Summerfest grounds.