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UW System President Ray Cross to speak at UW-Superior commencement

Posted on Mar 20, 2014
Spring graduation at UW-Superior will feature UW System president Ray Cross
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UW-Superior student Aleksei Bogdanov and president Ray Cross at Posters in the Rotunda event in Madison March 12

UW-Superior student Aleksei Bogdanov and president Ray Cross at Posters in the Rotunda event in Madison March 12

The May 2014 commencement program will feature a special visit and speech from UW System President Ray Cross. President Cross was recently appointment as the seventh president of the University of Wisconsin System on February 15, 2014. "We are thrilled President Cross accepted our offer to speak at commencement," said Chancellor Renee Wachter. "Commencement, along with its aura of accomplishment, pride, and the final reward is a great day for us to showcase our campus. He is an engaging speaker and wise man who will leave a lasting impression on our graduates and campus community."

President Cross has visited campus before in his previous role as chancellor of UW Colleges and UW-Extension. His most recent visit was in April 2012 when UW-Superior hosted the board of regents meeting. The newly appointed president also spent time with each of the seven UW-Superior student researchers at the UW System Posters in the Rotunda program March 12 in Madison.

In addition to his career in academia, Cross has experience in the private sector as a design engineer, small-business owner and consultant to business, industry and government. From 1967-70, Cross served with the U.S. Army and was awarded four medals for his service in Vietnam.

His Twitter handle: @RayWCross

UW-Superior's spring commencement will be held May 17, 2014 at 2 p.m. in the Marcovich Wellness Center. Nominations for student commencement speaker are being accepted through Monday, March 24. Contact Jami Koivisto at with nomination materials or questions. For ceremony information visit

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