College graduations highlight the weekWalking across the stage in an arena packed with family and friends, about 400 people received their diplomas on Saturday as the University of Wisconsin-Superior celebrated its 116 Spring Commencement.
Walking across the stage in an arena packed with family and friends, about 400 people received their diplomas on Saturday as the University of Wisconsin-Superior celebrated its 116 Spring Commencement.
Chancellor Renée Wachter presided over the ceremony in Wessman Arena and presented diplomas to students who have earned associate and bachelor’s degrees. Graduate students earning their master’s and specialist’s degrees received their diplomas along with having graduate hoods added to their academic robes. All told, the university granted about 350 undergraduate degrees and 50 graduate degrees.
Delivering the keynote address to graduates was Peggy Metzer, executive director of People’s Center Health Services in Minneapolis. She holds a Master of Science in education degree in guidance counseling from UW-Superior.
Student speakers were Aaron Wainman of Blaine, Minn., and Gabriel Mozzini of Porto Alegre, Brazil. They were chosen for the honor based on academic and student achievements at UWS.
Emily Hammersborg of South Range and Nicole Hamerly of Schofield, Wis., served as the student marshals who lead graduates into and out of the commencement ceremony. Each year two student marshals are chosen from among the junior class based on highest scholastic standing.
Next weekend, more than 80 graduates will take part in Northland College’s 101st Commencement Ceremony outside the Kendrigan Gymnasium at Northland College beginning at 2:30 p.m. May 26. In honor of the graduating seniors, a reception will immediately follow the ceremony outside the Craig A. Ponzio Campus Center.
Peter Annin will deliver the 2012 commencement address. The student address will be given by graduating senior Clara Smoniewski of Lake Mills, Wis.