Kirsten Winquist inside her studio for SiriusXM Radio. Winquist will be Brenau's Commencement Speaker for the Spring of 2017. (Dustin Meyer Photography)
Kirsten Winquist inside her studio for SiriusXM’s Radio Margaritaville. Winquist will be Brenau's commencement speaker for the spring ceremonies Friday and Saturday, May 5-6. (Dustin Meyer Photography)

Brenau Marks 139th Spring Commencement with Address from Radio Personality Kirsten Winquist

May 1, 2017
Kristen Bowman

Kirsten Winquist’s voice is heard daily across the country as a voice of Radio Margaritaville on SiriusXM satellite radio channel 24, but she will be heard at Brenau University on Friday and Saturday, May 5-6, by the hundreds of students and their families participating in Brenau University’s 139th spring graduation ceremonies.

The Brenau Women’s College commencement will be at 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 5, and the university’s undergraduate and graduate commencement will be Saturday, May 6, at 9:30 a.m. Winquist will give the commencement address at both ceremonies.

“I am excited to be speaking to the graduating class this year at Brenau University,” Winquist said. “There are not many chances in life that you get to stand in front of a group of people who are all on the ‘first day of their new life’ and be the official first person to tell them to go be the change in the world that the world needs.”

While Winquist is known for being behind the mic with more than 30 million SiriusXM listeners and online subscribers at, she is also the program director for Radio Margaritaville – the worldwide station owned by Jimmy Buffett – and she serves as a liaison between Margaritaville Holdings, Inc. and SiriusXM.

Winquist grew up in what could be the setting for Margaritaville – Safety Harbor, Florida. At an early age she developed a love of music and played the trombone. At 11 she was selected to be a part of America’s Youngest Jazz Band, where she performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. By age 16, she had traveled the country performing with the Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps.

Her passion for music led to an interest in radio and studies in communications and sociology. She began her career as an intern with Tallahassee alternative rock radio station WXSR, where she became on-air talent and eventually the station’s music director and midday host. Winquist moved in 2017 to Austin, Texas, where she was an on-air talent and imaging director for rock radio station KROX. She later transitioned to classic rock station KLBJ, becoming that station’s music director and midday host while also doing part-time, on-air work with Radio Margaritaville. She landed full time with the internet station in 2012 and now lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

For more information about commencement, please go to visit the registrar’s graduation webpage..