The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh held its 146th spring commencement Saturday morning with its first-ever virtual ceremony. The online event honored the academic achievements of students from the Fond du Lac, Fox Cities and Oshkosh campuses.
About 1,670 candidates for associate, bachelor’s and graduate degrees were saluted in an hour-long presentation that included formal remarks, student speeches and digital slides of each graduate. The new grads join the nearly 100,000 UW Oshkosh alumni making a positive impact around the world.
Learn more about the new graduates, their accomplishments and their futures:
DNP-Nurse Anesthesia grad proud to be among first in state to finish program
Inshirah Robsinson, of Shaker Heights, Ohio, is among the first-ever graduating class from the Doctor of Nursing Practice-Nurse Anesthesia program and also one of the very first BSN to DNP doctoral-level nurse anesthetists to graduate in Wisconsin. She is honored to be a part of the inaugural class and hopes the class of 2020 set the bar high for future grads while also creating a standard for success within the program.
Robinson said UWO has done an excellent job preparing her for the workforce and she will miss seeing her classmates, professors and the UWO College of Nursing community. She looks forward to spending time with her family before starting her job with Advocate Aurora Hospital in Oshkosh.
Student-athlete's next stop: Madison PD
Challoner was a four-year letterwinner with the Titan women’s swimming and diving team. As a senior, Challoner placed second in the 200-yard butterfly at the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Championship and third in both the 100-yard butterfly and 200-yard medley. Challoner will soon begin her career as a police officer with the Madison Police Department.
Student-athlete feels well prepared for teaching, coaching
“UWO has done a great job preparing me for my future career,” he said. “The classes and amount of field placements it gave me allowed me to learn how I can become an effective teacher. I also plan on coaching and I believe my time with Titan football and the great coaches has given me the foundation to become a great coach myself.”
Friendship founded on Fond du Lac campus
After earning their associate degrees, they will both be continuing their studies on UWO’s Oshkosh campus in the fall. Hurst plans to major in medical technology and work in the area of women’s health. Ellingson is pursuing a secondary education degree with a Spanish minor and would ultimately love to return to teach at the high school she graduated from, Fond du Lac High School.
Fulbright recipient to teach English in Spain
Nursing grad’s nurturing nature shines
The native of Theresa volunteered as a baby “cuddler” at St. Agnes Hospital, taught nutrition to children during a study-abroad clinical in Argentina and served as president of the Oshkosh Student Nurses’ Association. Her extensive resume recently earned her a prestigious Chancellor’s Award of Excellence.
Next, she’s ready put her nurturing nature and leadership skills to work as a labor and deliver nurse in the Fox Valley.
College of Business grad’s education continues
‘I will miss seeing my classmates every day’
Musician hopes to help next waves of artists
A summer internship at the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, Colorado, was called off due to the pandemic, so she pivoted and took on two new internship opportunities—including one creating a music label for the UWO music department. “I just want to use my knowledge, experience and skills to create opportunities for the younger generations in the performing arts,” she said.
Former CSO headed for law enforcement career
After a few bumps, a teacher found his way
College of Nursing grad set up for success in Milwaukee
Twin brothers ready for the workforce
Student speaker strives to make a difference
Fischer is proud to be passing on her grandmother’s advice, “Don’t wish your life away,” to her fellow graduates. Following graduation, Fischer plans to continue at the Boys and Girls Club of Oshkosh as their organization’s development and marketing coordinator.
Two degrees, one goal: Advocate for the underserved
Pandemic reminds dual degree recipient of the importance of family
Army vet headed for Oshkosh from Fox Cities campus
On the Fox Cities campus, he enjoyed spending time with the students in the Thrive Academy and the Strong Bones class. “Having an opportunity to get to know those guys and gals will always be one of the many great memories I’ll have from UWO, Fox Cities.”