The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh will host its 142nd spring commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 14.
More than 1,300 undergraduate and more than 190 graduate students will be recognized as UW Oshkosh’s newest graduates—bringing UW Oshkosh’s alumni base to nearly 90,000.
The ceremonies begin at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Kolf Sports Center, 738 High Ave., on the UW Oshkosh campus. The ceremonies will last about two hours.
UW Oshkosh Chancellor Andrew Leavitt will confer diplomas to the graduating students. Wisconsin State Representative Gordon Hintz will offer greetings from the state and Mark Tyler and Tim Higgins will represent the UW System Board of Regents. Following the formal ceremony, a reception for faculty, and new alumni, their parents and guests will be held in Kolf’s lower level.
This year 25 students will be recognized as Chancellor’s Award for Excellence recipients. Students receiving the accolade are: Alex Albertson, English; Max Ayres, special education; Barbara Bass, chemistry; Callie Blakey, finance; Rebecca Bronson, secondary English education; Elizabeth Chapin, human resources management; Elizabeth Duffey, communication studies; Zachary Dunton, chemistry and psychology; Alexandria Ebert, psychology and biology; William Frank Fath II, political science; Monika Greco, philosophy and political science; Aaron Jackson, criminal justice, psychology and sociology; Emma Lenz, secondary education English; Stevan Mazibrada, political science; Molly Elizabeth Merrill, nursing; Daniel Meyer, athletic training; Jason Neumeyer, political science; Taylor Rich, psychology; Emily Ruck, social work; Jordan Schettle, political science; Jessica Schier, elementary and special education; Vishwajit Tuchscherer, biology; McKenzie Valenta, human services leadership; Alyssa Valentyne, biology and Spanish; Reegan Wallander, radio tv film and journalism; and Amber Wilkinson, communication studies.
Stan F. Mack II, superintendent of the Oshkosh Area School District (OASD), has been selected as the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh 2016 honorary doctorate recipient.
Kathy Bermingham, Leadership Oshkosh program director at the Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce, and Joye Moon, artist and UW Oshkosh alumna, have been named chancellor’s medallion recipients.
The 9 a.m. commencement ceremony will include speeches from Merlaine Angwall, professor and chair of the theatre department and Graciela Brinkman-Hernandez, women’s and gender studies major and graduating senior. The 2 p.m. commencement ceremony will include speeches from Joshua Garrison, professor in the College of Education and Human Services and Marc Busko, economics major and graduating senior.
Get, stay connected to UW Oshkosh commencement
Before, during and after Pomp and Circumstance plays inside UW Oshkosh’s Kolf Center, the University will provide a live webcast of the ceremony, which viewers may watch from anywhere around the globe with an Internet connection.
Those interested in connecting and participating in all the buzz and conversation surrounding the big day can also use UW Oshkosh’s social networks using the hashtag #uwograd. Follow @uwoshkosh and@uwocommencement on Twitter or find UW Oshkosh on Facebook.
For more information, including maps, directions and checklists, visit the UW Oshkosh Commencement website.