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Graduating senior Micah Swanson, of Fond du Lac, was selected to be class speaker at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh’s 2009 midyear commencement.

Swanson will speak at the 9:30 a.m. ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 19, in Kolf Sports Center, 785 High Ave. More than 1,000 graduate and undergraduate students from the colleges of Business, Education and Human Services, Letters and Science, and Nursing as well as the Center for New Learning will be honored.

In his speech, Swanson, who will receive a Bachelor of Science in religious studies with a minor in military science, addresses how graduates will serve their country in unique ways while facing new obstacles, the journey they have made and how they, as individuals, will change in the future.

“Who you are when you graduate may not be who you are the day after you graduate,” Swanson said. “The greatest measurement of success that we face is the measurement that we place on ourselves.”

Swanson also will speak about how his personal involvement with the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) has made him stronger. His speech, titled “Serve In Your Way,” recognizes the duties and responsibilities all graduates share as they serve as future leaders of America.

During his college tenure, Swanson was involved with the Student Recreation and Wellness Center as an Xpeditions a trip leader and outdoor education instructor. He also was involved with Campus Crusade for Christ, Titan Christian Fellowship and Converge Student Ministries.

Swanson was awarded a four-year Army ROTC scholarship for college, and after graduation he will continue to serve his country as an army engineering officer.

Fall 2009 Commencement