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Mid-year commencement celebrates graduates, families, community

The largest mid-year graduating class in the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay's history was honored Saturday (Dec. 17) at commencement ceremonies at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts. About 380 students were eligible to take part in the ceremonies. Commencement speaker William Hanrahan, assistant Wisconsin attorney general, welcomed the graduates to the "club" of college graduates and encouraged them to "go out there and continue to make us proud." UW-Green Bay Chancellor Bruce Shepard said commencement is a community achievement, not just an individual achievement. "Although we only give diplomas to the graduates today, there are many who share their accomplishments," he said.

Photo: Bagpiper David Bradley led the processional at commencement ceremonies.

Bagpiper David Bradley led the processional at commencement ceremonies. Secretary of the Faculty Ken Fleurant follows Bradley in the processional.

Photo: Graduates and the many others who helped make their achievements possible fill the Weidner Center for commencement.

Graduates and the many others who helped make their achievements possible fill the Weidner Center for commencement.

Photo: Prof. Timothy Meyer, Information and Computing Science, was awarded the John P. Blair Endowed Chair in Communication.

Prof. Timothy Meyer, Information and Computing Science, was awarded the John P. Blair Endowed Chair in Communication. Participating in the presentation are, from left, Provost Sue K. Hammersmith, Chancellor Emeritus Edward Weidner, Meyer, and Chancellor Bruce Shepard.

Photo: Chancellor Bruce Shepard presented a Chancellor's Award to Robert Southard.

Chancellor Bruce Shepard presented a Chancellor's Award, recognizing significant contributions to campus and community, to Robert Southard. Southard, who had a six-decade career in local broadcasting, has been a strong supporter of UW-Green Bay.

Photo: Retired educators Bernard and Sally Killoran posed with Chancellor Shepard prior to receiving Chancellor's Awards.

Retired educators Bernard and Sally Killoran also posed with Chancellor Shepard prior to receiving Chancellor's Awards. The Killorans have supported UW-Green Bay through their time and contributions to student scholarships.

Photo: April Kobishop, recipient of the UW-Green Bay Alumni Association's Outstanding Student Award, and Alumni Association President Andrew Bottoni.

April Kobishop, who is graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a near-perfect grade point average, received the UW-Green Bay Alumni Association's Outstanding Student Award. Alumni Association President Andrew Bottoni, right, presented the award to Kobishop.

Photo: Dushani Corea-Dharmaratne of Sri Lanka was among the international students graduating Saturday.

Dushani Corea-Dharmaratne of Sri Lanka was among the international students graduating Saturday. During her UW-Green Bay career, she served as a student ambassador and resident assistant and led a fund-raising effort to aid victims of the December 2004 tsunami. The graduating class also included students from India and Turkey.

Photo: William Hanrahan, assistant Wisconsin attorney general, returned to his alma mater to deliver the commencement address.5

William Hanrahan, assistant Wisconsin attorney general, returned to his alma mater to deliver the commencement address.