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Commencement speaker Anthony Miller (photo by Shawn McAfee, UW Oshkosh)

It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to address an audience of several thousand people, from graduates and families to friends, supporters, alumni and other guests all looking for one final dose of inspiration before their loved ones venture out into the workforce, take on further studies, prepare for service and, ultimately, step out into society.

The job of a University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Commencement speaker is an important one. And, on May 11, Anthony Miller and Ben Lepak will welcome the opportunity and honor.

Miller, of Milwaukee, and Lepak, of Custer, will serve as Commencement student speakers in UW Oshkosh’s morning and afternoon ceremonies, respectively. Like a handful of other graduates, they applied and auditioned for the job.

You can learn more about these two UW Oshkosh graduates and the three additional finalists who volunteered time and talent in applying to become Commencement speakers by visiting the Spring 2013 Commencement speakers web page.

“I will walk away from this University a better person, with many new friendships and relationships among faculty and staff,” Miller shares in his Commencement speaker biography Q&A. “I will walk away from here with many unforgettable memories.”


Ben Lepak (photo by Shawn McAfee, UW Oshkosh)

Lepak said he expects tremendous personal and professional benefit and support from the many friends and colleagues he made while attending UW Oshkosh.

“Besides the people, I feel the education I received at UWO is top notch,” Lepak shared in his Q&A. “Not just the business classes but classes that spanned American Music, Psychology, Astronomy and Philosophy laid the foundation for me to be well-rounded.  I look forward to studying some of these topics on my own when I finally have free time again.”




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