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Marquise Slay, a native of Detroit, Mich., accepts his diploma from Chancellor Renee Wachter during Saturday’s commencement at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. He earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration. Courtesy of UW-Superior

The University of Wisconsin-Superior conveyed about 310 degrees during its 120th Commencement on Saturday at Wessman Arena.

Among the graduates were seven veterans, 140 first-generation graduates, 11 international students, 27 multicultural students and 62 students who earned online degrees through the Distance Learning program.

Chancellor Renée Wachter presided over the ceremony and presented diplomas to students who earned associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees. The university granted about 287 undergraduate degrees and 23 graduate degrees.

Wachter encouraged students to go into their respective communities and be a positive difference maker in their hometown.

Delivering the keynote address to graduates was Doug Stetzer, chief scientist at Kent Precision Foods Group, leaders in the manufacture of products for the treatment of dysphagia — a complication of many diseases such as stroke or cancer where a patient has difficulty swallowing. He is also a published author and has addressed audiences around the world on the topic of dysphagia.

"I want to encourage you give your best in everything you do," Stetzer told graduates during his speech. "If you take nothing else away from this speech today, I want you to remember this: you’re going to get out of this life, what you put into it. So always put your best into it."

Stetzer graduated from UWS in 1996.