Commencement set for May 16

May 01, 2015

CommencementThe University of Wisconsin-Whitewater will celebrate the achievements of its graduates on Saturday, May 16, as proud families gather for spring commencement ceremonies.

A total of 1,634* graduates will receive degrees.

The undergraduate ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. in Kachel Fieldhouse and will recognize 207 graduates from the College of Arts and Communication; 511 from the College of Business and Economics; 182 from the College of Education and Professional Studies and 494 from the College of Letters and Sciences.

At 3 p.m., a separate ceremony will be held at Kachel Fieldhouse for 240 students receiving master's and education specialist degrees.

The commencement speaker for the undergraduate ceremony will be Carol Cartwright. Cartwright, the former president of Bowling Green State University and Kent State University, earned her degree in early childhood education at UW-Whitewater in 1962.

Raechel Liska, a member of the university's Army ROTC program and sociology major from New Berlin, will be the student speaker in the undergraduate ceremony.

The graduate faculty speaker is Chancellor Richard Telfer, who will retire in June after 30 years of service to UW-Whitewater.

The graduate student speaker is Carl Coccaro, a teacher, artist, travel writer and former professional soccer player who currently works as a clinical mental health therapist. Coccaro will receive his master's degree in counseling.

The ceremonies will include 29 students who are veterans and 14 international students. In addition, 101 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.
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*figures updated April 21


Jeff Angileri

Sara Kuhl