UW-Green Bay mid-year commencement
features diplomas, speeches, awards
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay celebrated mid-year commencement Saturday (Dec. 16) by honoring outstanding students and community supporters, announcing named professorships and, of course, welcoming nearly 380 students into the ranks of graduates. Commencement speaker Mark King, a 1981 UW-Green Bay graduate and now CEO and president of TaylorMade-adidas Golf, told the graduates they will succeed if they pursue what they love and believe in themselves. Student speaker Carolina Bacelis called on the graduates to take their turn as mentors and role models. The ceremonies were held at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts.
Ellie Reich (left), the recipient of the UW-Green Bay Alumni Association's Outstanding Student Award, and student commencement speaker Carolina Bacelis (right) posed for a photo with Alumni Association President Kelly Ruh prior to commencement ceremonies.
Prof. Lynn Walter and Prof. Robert Howe, seen here with Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Sue K. Hammersmith, were awarded named professorships Saturday. Walter, left, received the Ben J. and Joyce Rosenberg Professorship. Howe, right, was reappointed the Barbara Hauxhurst Cofrin Professor of Natural Science. Named professorships are prestigious five-year appointments that support the scholarly work of outstanding faculty.
Bagpiper David Bradley led the commencement procession into the Weidner Center. He was followed by Clifford Abbott, secretary of the faculty and academic staff, and University Ambassadors carrying flags representing the nations of the semester's graduates.
Graduates filed into the Weidner Center while family and friends looked on.
A color guard from the joint St. Norbert College-UW-Green Bay ROTC program presented the colors.
Donald F. Harden, former UW-Green Bay associate chancellor and longtime community leader, received the Chancellor's Award, the University's highest community award. Chancellor Bruce Shepard, right, presented the award with the help of Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Sue K. Hammersmith.
Student commencement speaker Carolina Bacelis talked about her journey from southern Mexico to UW-Green Bay.
Commencement speaker Mark King stepped out from behind the podium to offer words of wisdom for the graduates.
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