UWS holds spring commencement ceremony
Duluth News Tribune
The University of Wisconsin-Superior held its 120th spring commencement ceremony on Saturday afternoon at Wessman Arena.
About 310 students were eligible to receive diplomas from UWS this spring — 287 undergraduates and 23 graduate students.
Chancellor Renée Wachter presided over the ceremony, and Doug Stetzer — who graduated from UWS in 1996 with a bachelor of science degree in biology — delivered the keynote address.
Stetzer is an inventor and entrepreneur, and chief scientist at Kent Precision Foods Group, which is a leader in the manufacture of products for the treatment of dysphagia – a condition in which a patient has difficulty swallowing.
“As you prepare to write this next chapter in your life, I challenge you to take risks,” Stetzer told the graduates, in remarks provided in a UWS news release. “Failure is part of life. Don’t dwell on your failures. Instead, learn from them, and whenever possible, learn from other people’s mistakes.”
The student speaker was Erika LeMay of Superior, who was chosen for the honor based on her academic and student achievements at UWS.
The Chancellor’s Leadership Award was presented to Superior native Alison Bergstrom, an elementary education major. The award is given to a member of the graduating class “who is committed to personal growth and has made a positive contribution to their peers, campus and community,” the university reported.