May 12, 2021

UW-Superior to hold virtual spring commencement May 15

The event will include 431 candidates for graduation

The University of Wisconsin-Superior will conduct its virtual spring commencement at noon Saturday, May 15, with viewing available online.

Among the 431 candidates for graduation this spring, 134 are first-generation students, 108 are graduate and specialist degree candidates and 32 are student veterans. The oldest graduating student is 69 years old with the youngest student earning a diploma at 20 years old.

While there will not be an in-person ceremony, an event will provide graduates an experience like that of a traditional ceremony. Graduates will have the opportunity to walk across the stage and Chancellor Dr. Renee Wachter will present their diploma and pose for a picture.

Delivering the keynote address to graduates will be Kristin Ahlberg. A 1997 summa cum laude graduate of UW-Superior in history and political science, she currently serves as the assistant to the general editor in the Office of the Historian, U.S. Department of State, Washington, D.C.

The student speaker will be Amber Heidenreich of Phillips, Wisconsin. A double major in legal studies and political science, Heidenreich has been active on campus as a member of both the Criminal Justice Honor Society and Pre-Law Society, and a member of the Yellowjacket track and field team and the hockey team.

The Chancellor’s Leadership Award will be presented to Heidenreich, Madison Hale, of Superior and Sarah Tapper of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. This award is given to members of the graduating class committed to personal growth and have made a positive contribution to their peers, campus and community.

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