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Nearly 1,000 graduate and undergraduate students will receive degrees at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh’s 45th midyear commencement ceremony Saturday, Dec. 19.

Chancellor Richard H. Wells will confer diplomas to the graduating students at 9:30 a.m. at Kolf Sports Center, 785 High Ave. State Representative Gordon Hintz and Jeffrey Bartell of the UW System Board of Regents will participate in the ceremony. A reception will follow for the faculty, new alumni, and their parents and guests in the center’s lower level.

Four exceptional graduates share their stories:

Internship with Packers scores national award
For any sports fan, meeting professional football players and scoring free tickets to NFL games would be a dream come true. For Anthony Goebel, a marketing major from Fond du Lac, Wis., it was another day on the job as a marketing intern for the Green Bay Packers.

For his behind-the-scenes work in such areas as strategic planning, corporate sales and market research, he received the 2009 Outstanding Intern of the Year national award from the Cooperative Education and Internships Association. He also was honored with the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence for demonstrating high academic achievement and leadership qualities while enrolled at UW Oshkosh.

CCP advertising intern first in family to earn a degree
When Stephanie Broecker, of Newton, Wis., crosses the stage at commencement, she will be the first in her family to earn a college degree. Graduating cum laude and a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success, the journalism major and psychology minor made the most of her time at UW Oshkosh, serving as assistant president of the Public Relations Student Society of America.

Broecker also gained valuable professional experience while working as an advertising/public relations intern for the University’s Center for Community Partnerships, getting her feet wet in e-communications, internet marketing and social media.

Religious studies major, military service minor speaks of service
A member of the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps, Micah Swanson will address how he and his fellow graduates will serve their country in a multitude of ways during his speech at UW Oshkosh’s midyear commencement ceremony. During his tenure at the University, he worked as an outdoor education instructor at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center and was involved with a number of organizations, including Campus Crusade for Christ, Titan Christian Fellowship and Converge Student Ministries.

Following graduation, Swanson, a religious studies major and military service minor from Fond du Lac, Wis., will serve as an army engineering officer with the goal of becoming an army chaplain.

Graduation Project gives nontraditional student a second chance
Diane Fremgen will finish what she started 15 years ago when she attends UW Oshkosh’s commencement ceremony Dec. 19. Since she first enrolled at the University in 1994, Fremgen, 45, had two children and ran for public office. While serving as the Winnebago County Clerk of Circuit Courts, she returned to the University in fall 2007, working with the Graduation Project to pursue a bachelor’s degree in accounting. The Graduation Project is a program for students whose progress at the University was interrupted by more than one semester, prior to their completing a degree.

Fremgen is thrilled to be graduating with honors and is thankful for the support she received from the Graduation Project as well as the professors who supported her and knew she would make it — even when she thought she couldn’t.

Fall 2009 Commencement