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2DecCommencementMore than 1,300 undergraduate and more than 150 master’s degree candidates will become graduates of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Saturday, May 17.

The 140th spring commencement ceremonies will be held at Kolf Sports Center, 785 High Ave. Two ceremonies will be held—the 9 a.m. ceremony will include the College of Letters and Science and the Division of Lifelong Learning and Community Engagement; the 2 p.m. ceremony will include the College of Business, College of Education and Human Services and the College of Nursing.

Merely a week or so from  commencement, dozens of UW Oshkosh “almost-alumni” took Alumni Relations up on its offer a free lunch before finals hit and graduation day arrived. Here’s a glimpse at the lunch and celebration in the new Alumni Welcome and Conference Center on May 6.


Each May 17 commencement ceremony will last about two hours, tickets are not needed. A reception for faculty, new alumni and their parents and guests will be held following each ceremony in Kolf’s lower level.

UW Oshkosh Chancellor Richard H. Wells–who will participate in his last UW Oshkosh commencement as chancellor–will confer diplomas to the graduating students.  State  Representative Gordon Hintz and Regina Millner of the UW System Board of Regents will participate in the morning ceremony; State Senator Rick Gudex and Regent Gerald Whitburn  will participate in the afternoon ceremony.

Courtney Reynolds, a music industry major from Deerbrook, and Rebecca Olson, a nursing major from Fond du Lac, will give the morning and afternoon student Commencement speeches, respectively. Assistant Professor of History Gabriel Loiacono will give the morning ceremony faculty address, and Professor of Education Steven Rose will give the afternoon ceremony faculty address. More on all spring Commencement speakers can be found HERE.

 live, streaming video is available for those who cannot attend the commencement ceremony on campus. In addition to a live streaming webcast covering the morning and afternoon ceremonies, attendees, online audiences, alumni and UW Oshkosh friends and followers alike are invited to join in on the conversation on UW Oshkosh’s social networks —Facebook and Twitter; use #uwograd as a Twitter hashtag. Or, download UW Oshkosh’s mobile app to stay up to date on the latest commencement news.

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