English Department Graduating Seniors
This digital experience is designed to celebrate the winter 2019 and spring 2020 graduates of the UW Oshkosh English program. Scroll down to click on a student and leave a comment for your fellow English grads in the box at the bottom of each student’s page.
The Class of 2020 has experienced something that future histories will single out as a turning point in the 21st century—a time when whole societies were forced into social isolation, their citizens kept apart from one another, from their workplaces, from their places of learning, from all the places where people gather to produce the material of life (not just goods and services, but knowledge and conversation and something as simple and essential as laughter). …You will be able to point to the pages of those future histories and say, “Not only was I there, but I did the work to graduate from college in the middle of that. That was me.”
Graduates: you need to own how smart you are, how much you’ve grown, and how prepared you are to cross this milestone line today.…Many of the best, most life-changing and rewarding decisions are made in the face of uncertainty; …a major part of what your education has prepared you with is the capacity to confront that uncertainty with acceptance, and to make genuinely good, successful lives for yourselves in the face of it.
You also have a community here. …We care about you and your success. Please don’t think of UWO as behind you, but rather at the foundation of your future. Please don’t hesitate to be in touch. We are here to support you and to celebrate you, and we, your professors, want to hear from you. But that is the future. In the here and now, the most important thing is that you enjoy this day. You have earned it.
-Dr. Stewart Cole from his Commencement Speech, 2020 (click here to view the whole speech)
Winter 2019 & Spring 2020 Graduates