Over 1500 Set to Graduate at UW-W Spring Commencement

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater will celebrate the achievements of its graduates on Saturday, May 11, and Tuesday, May 14, as proud families and friends gather for the 2024 spring commencement ceremonies on the Whitewater and Rock County campuses.

On the university’s Whitewater campus, a total of 1,437 May and August graduates will cross the stage on May 11 to receive their degrees. The morning ceremony, which begins at 10 a.m., recognizes 613 undergraduate and 151 graduate students from the College of Arts and Communication, the College of Business and Economics and the School of Graduate Studies.

The afternoon ceremony begins at 3 p.m. and recognizes 516 undergraduate students and 152 graduate students from the College of Education and Professional Studies, the College of Integrated Studies, the College of Letters and Sciences, and the School of Graduate Studies. An additional five degrees are not specific to any college. The ceremonies, which last approximately two hours each, will be held in the Kachel Fieldhouse at the Williams Center.

Included in the graduates crossing the stage on May 11 will be 102 students who are veterans, 9 international students and 200 nontraditional undergraduate students, defined as undergraduate students who are 25 years of age or older. In addition, 187 self-identified students with disabilities will receive degrees.

Five graduates of the university’s LIFE Program, which provides a complete college experience for young adults between the ages of 18-25 who have an intellectual disability, will cross the stage during the afternoon program — including one who is earning an advanced certificate.

The commencement speaker for the morning ceremony on the Whitewater campus is Scott Wrobbel, who earned a BBA in accounting in 1980 and enjoyed a long career at Arthur Andersen and Deloitte before serving on the board of directors of American Family Insurance, Johnson Financial Group and Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management and holding board and leadership roles at the Children’s Wisconsin Foundation, the United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County, Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, Junior Achievement of Wisconsin, and the Andalusia Education Foundation.

The commencement speaker for the afternoon ceremony on the Whitewater campus is Crystal McClain, who earned a B.A. in social work in 2003 before earning a master’s degree in social work, serving as a state-certified advanced practicing social worker, and in 2010 establishing Revive Youth & Family Services, which specializes in serving at-risk youth through four group homes and one foster home, where she remains the owner and chief executive officer. In 2018, the Milwaukee Business Journal named McClain to its 40 Under 40 list.

The student speaker for the morning ceremony is Dylan Riley. Riley, who is graduating in just three years with a BBA in finance and a minor in political science, studied abroad for a semester through the American University of Rome, Italy. He will be returning to campus in the fall to pursue an MBA.

The student speaker for the afternoon ceremony is Ty Jahnke. Jahnke, who first earned his B.S. in human performance in 2023, and is graduating with a Master of Science in Applied Kinesiology, aspires to a career in collegiate coaching, but will first answer a call of duty in the military.

The commencement ceremonies on the Whitewater campus will be broadcast live online by UWW-TV, the university television station.

The graduation ceremony for more than 88 College of Integrated Studies students at UW-Whitewater at Rock County will be held on Tuesday, May 14, at 6:30 p.m. in the gymnasium of the Wells Cultural Center.

The commencement speaker is Nick Dimassis, director of the Beloit Public Library.

The student speaker is Cassandra Breyman, from Janesville, who is earning her AAS and is enrolled in the online B.S. in social work on the Whitewater campus.

During the ceremony, the Outstanding Alumni Award will be presented to Lori Stottler, the clerk-treasurer of the City of Janesville. She earned associate degrees in arts and sciences and political science from the Rock County campus in 2016.

The Excellence in Teaching Awards and the faculty and staff who are retiring will also be announced at the Rock County campus ceremony.

Visit uww.edu/commencement for more information about UW-Whitewater’s commencement ceremonies.

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