The University of Wisconsin-Superior will be conducting their Winter Commencement on Saturday, December 19, 2016 at 2 p.m. inside the Thorpe Langley Auditorium in Old Main.  There are many noteable graduates, but one graduate is receiving their diploma 46 years after starting college.

There will be two hundred students that will be receiving  diplomas from Chancellor Renée Wachter who will preside over the ceremony.  These graduates earned associate, bachelor's, master's and specialist’s degrees.

The oldest and possibly the most happiest graduate is 65 year old Guy Peterson, who is  finishing his business degree that he started to study for in 1969. He has three children and four grandchildren.  On the other end of the spectrum is 20 year old Ellen Jensen who is the youngest graduate.  She graduated from community college while still attending Andover High School.

There are also nine veterans who will be receiving diplomas and seven graduates who are international students. According to Daniel Fanning, Director of Communications and Government Relations for UWS, nearly half of the class, (83) are first generation college students.   Nine have earned associate degrees, 178 bachelor’s, 12 master’s and 1 specialist.

Yoel Yohannes, of St. Paul, Minn. is a candidate for the Bachelor of Arts degree and will serve as the student speaker. His major is Communicating Arts with a focus in Communication, and his minor is Writing.

Congratulations to all the Northland college graduates and best wishes as you begin your careers!



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