The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater will celebrate the achievements of its graduates Saturday, May 17, as proud families gather for spring commencement ceremonies.
A total of 1,415 graduates* will receive degrees. The undergraduate ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. in Kachel Fieldhouse and will recognize 171 graduates from the College of Arts and Communication; 445 from the College of Business and Economics; 217 from the College of Education and Professional Studies and 358 from the College of Letters and Sciences.
At 4 p.m., a separate ceremony will be held at Kachel Fieldhouse for 224 students receiving master's and education specialist degrees.
The commencement speaker for the undergraduate ceremony will be Donald Hughes, vice president and chief financial officer of Colony Brands Inc. Hughes is a 1985 graduate of the College of Business and Economics.
Tracy O'Mara, a communication major from the Grant County community of Kieler, will be the student speaker in the undergraduate ceremony. After arriving at UW-Whitewater from this small community, O'Mara became extensively involved on campus and says she has been transformed by the experience. Read more >>
The graduate faculty speaker is Brenda O'Beirne, associate professor and department chair in the Department of Counselor Education. O'Beirne has held a number of roles on campus since arriving in 1979 and has taught and mentored scores of students aspiring to become mental health professionals.
The graduate student speaker is Wisnu Sugiarto, who grew up in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia. Sugiarto embraced the opportunity of academic freedom in the U.S. and as he pursued his studies he helped other students adjust to campus as an assistant complex director in the Office of Residence Life. He is receiving a Master of Business Administration degree.
The ceremonies will include 44 students who are veterans and 33 international students. In addition, 78 students who used Center for Students with Disabilities services will receive degrees.
Commencement will be broadcast live online by UWW-TV, the university television station.
Watch live: http://reslife.uww.edu/stream/
*figures updated May 12