The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater will celebrate the achievements of its graduates Saturday, May 14, 2016, as proud families gather for spring commencement ceremonies.
A total of 1,430 graduates will receive degrees. The undergraduate ceremony begins at 10 a.m. in the Kachel Fieldhouse and recognizes 178 graduates from the College of Arts and Communication; 468 from the College of Business and Economics; 184 from the College of Education and Professional Studies and 372 from the College of Letters and Sciences.
At 3 p.m., a separate ceremony will be held at Kachel Fieldhouse for 228 students receiving master's and education specialist degrees.
The commencement speaker for the undergraduate ceremony is Quint Studer. Studer, a healthcare professional, entrepreneur, bestselling author and philanthropist, founded the Studer Group, a healthcare consulting firm. Studer earned his bachelor's degree in education at UW-Whitewater in 1973 and his master's degree in education in 1978.
Lauren Kats, a biology major from Lansing, Illinois, who was a member of SUFAC, the student-run committee charged with allocating more than $1.2 million a year, will be the student speaker in the undergraduate ceremony.
The graduate faculty speaker is Lois Smith, a former associate dean of the College of Business and Economics who retired in 2015 after 30 years of service to UW-Whitewater.
The graduate student speaker is Chelsea Anne Rasmussen, community service chair of UW-Whitewater's Women in Accounting organization and a student member of both the Wisconsin Institute of CPAs and the American Institute of CPAs. Rasmussen will receive a master of professional accountancy.
The ceremonies will include 72 students who are veterans, 14 international students and 205 nontraditional undergraduate students. In addition, 110 self-identified students with disabilities will receive degrees.
Commencement will be broadcast live online by UWW-TV, the university television station.
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