The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater will celebrate the achievements of its graduates Saturday, May 19, 2018, as proud families gather for spring commencement ceremonies.
A total of 1,644 graduates will cross the stage to receive their degrees. The morning ceremony, which begins at 10 a.m., recognizes 739 undergraduate students and 98 graduate students from the College of Arts and Communication and the College of Business and Economics. The afternoon ceremony begins at 3 p.m. and recognizes 694 undergraduate students and 113 graduate students from the College of Education and Professional Studies and the College of Letters and Sciences. Both ceremonies will be held in the Kachel Fieldhouse.
The commencement speaker for both ceremonies is Timothy Hyland, a 1982 accounting graduate of UW-Whitewater who has specialized in public utilities, real estate and health care. From 1989 to 2004 he worked at the Phoenix-based health care management and consulting firm Schaller Anderson, Inc., beginning as its sixth employee and retiring as senior vice president and CFO. Hyland and his wife Natalie formed Hyland Real Estate Investment Group, LLC, which owns and operates residential investment properties nationwide, and he is the naming donor of Timothy J. Hyland Hall, the home of the College of Business and Economics on campus that opened in 2009.
Brandon Fong, an entrepreneurship and marketing double major from Brookfield, Wisconsin, will be the student speaker for the morning ceremony. Elected president of the Collegiate Entrepreneurs' Association his freshman year, Fong is also an avid blogger who wrote a book for college students that became a category bestseller on Amazon. He is one of the many UW-Whitewater students hired before graduation, currently serving as head of customer experience at California-based SuperHuman Enterprises, LLC.
Rajhon White, who is receiving his Master of Science in Education in professional development, will be the student speaker for the afternoon ceremony. A native of Buena Vista Township, New Jersey, White has worked as a graduate assistant in University Housing and in the First Year Experience office, helping students with the transition to college. Also hired before graduation, on July 1 he will start his new job in Colorado as a resident director at the University of Denver.
The ceremonies will include 71 students who are veterans, 25 international students and 207 nontraditional undergraduate students, defined as undergraduate students who are 25 years of age or older. In addition, 115 self-identified students with disabilities will receive degrees.
Commencement will be broadcast live online by UWW-TV, the university television station.
For more information: uww.edu/commencement
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