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When Elkhorn native Jarrod Koepke came to the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, the trumpet was his instrument of choice. That’s what he auditioned with to get into the music industry program. After two years, however, he made an ambitious audible: He switched to cello. It was an unusual move, yet Koepke soon began to thrive.

UW Oshkosh cello professor Katherine Decker applauded his “dedication, growth and humility” as his graduation nears. Koepke is among more than 1,000 students earning degrees Dec. 18 and his next act, he hopes, will be an oversees graduate school program.

Watch the video to learn more about Koepke’s journey to graduation:

—Video by Jack Rindahl,
University Marketing and Communications

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