The University of Wisconsin-Superior will conduct its virtual commencement at noon Saturday, May 15, with viewing available at uwsuper.edu/grad2021.

Among the 431 candidates for graduation this spring, 134 are first-generation students, 108 are graduate and specialist degree candidates and 32 are student veterans. The oldest graduating student is 69 years old with the youngest student earning a diploma at 20 years old, according to a news release from UWS.

While there will not be an in-person ceremony, graduates will have the opportunity to walk across the stage and Chancellor Renée Wachter will present their diploma and pose for a picture.

UW-Superior Chancellor Renée Wachter, center, speaks during a press conference as Regent President Andrew Petersen, left, and University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross listen Oct. 10, 2019.  (Jed Carlson / File / Superior Telegram)
UW-Superior Chancellor Renée Wachter, center, speaks during a press conference as Regent President Andrew Petersen, left, and University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross listen Oct. 10, 2019. (Jed Carlson / File / Superior Telegram)

Delivering the keynote address to graduates will be Kristin Ahlberg. A 1997 summa cum laude graduate of UWS in history and political science, she currently serves as the assistant to the general editor in the Office of the Historian, U.S. Department of State, Washington, D.C.

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The student speaker will be Amber Heidenreich, of Phillips, Wisconsin. A double-major in legal studies and political science, Heidenreich has been active on campus as a member of the Criminal Justice Honor Society and Pre-Law Society, the Yellowjackets track and field team and the hockey team.

The Chancellor’s Leadership Award will be presented to Heidenreich, Madison Hale, of Superior, and Sarah Tapper, of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. This award is given to members of the graduating class committed to personal growth and have made a positive contribution to their peers, campus and community.