Joyous graduates and their families will celebrate commencement this year on May 12 at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
For the second year in a row, two ceremonies will be held, one at 10 a.m. for 1,137 undergraduates receiving bachelor's degrees and the other at 3:30 p.m. for 291 graduate students.
The undergraduate ceremony, to be held in Kachel Fieldhouse, will feature speaker Andrew Burish, a 1982 MBA graduate of the College of Business and Economics. He is a managing director at UBS Financial Services and leads The Burish Group, a team of 40 investment professionals with offices in Madison, Milwaukee and the Chicago area.
The student speaker will be Justin Nothem, a young entrepreneur from West Bend who's receiving a bachelor's degree in business. He created a hot dog sales venture called "College Dogs'' and participated in an innovative program called Launch Pad that helps students build businesses at Whitewater University Technology Park.
Students receiving master's and educational specialist degrees will gather for their ceremony in Young Auditorium.
Their faculty speaker will be Robert Gruber, a popular professor of accounting and coordinator of the Master of Professional Accountancy program at UW-Whitewater.
The graduate student speaker is Jack Gieche, who's receiving a master's degree in counseling. A graduate of Mukwonago High School, he earned his undergraduate degree from UW-Madison and serves as the goalkeeper coach for the Warhawk men's and women's soccer teams.
Both ceremonies will be broadcast live and free online through Penn Atlantic, the company that streams live video coverage of Warhawk athletic events. Click here to watch. Or see http://uwwwarhawks.nmtvsports.com/.
The registrar's office at UW-Whitewater reports that the 1,137 students receiving bachelor's degrees represent 448 students from the College of Business and Economics, 339 from the College of Letters and Sciences, 178 from the College of Education and Professional Studies and 172 from the College of Arts and Communication.
Master's and education specialist degrees will be awarded to 292 students.