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On behalf of the graduating class, Austin Karraker, of Wauwatosa, will deliver the commencement speech to his class at the 53rd midyear commencement Saturday, Dec. 16.

Commencement begins at 9:30 a.m. at Kolf Sports Center. Nearly 1,000 will graduate with a bachelor’s degree and more than 240 with a graduate degree–both, a meaningful milestone as graduates leave UW Oshkosh and head out into the world where they will join 90,000 other UW Oshkosh alumni

Karraker graduates with a major in secondary education with an emphasis in broadfield social science and a minor in history. While at UW Oshkosh, Karraker served as the lead worker of the Titan Central staff, as president of the InterFraternity Council and as vice president of membership development for seven fraternities. Karraker was among the founding fathers of the Delta Chi Fraternity for five semesters and on the executive board.

Outside of the classroom, Karraker served as a clinician at Webster Stanley Middle School and as a student-teacher at Lourdes Academy High School.

“I am honored to be the commencement speaker this December. It means a lot to me to be able to speak on behalf of the student body one last time. I hope that my message serves as an inspiration to the graduating class, as well as the audience, and that it is something that they remember in the years that follow,” Karraker said.

From the UW Oshkosh faculty, Jennifer Considine, associate professor in the College of Letters and Science, will offer the midyear commencement address.

Considine teaches courses in organizational, nonprofit, and business and professional communication. Her research, teaching and service are directed toward understanding the communication processes of creating inclusive communities with a particular focus on interfaith communication and collaboration.

As a teacher, researcher and adviser, Considine is committed to asking questions that inspire speakers to think deeply about audiences and consider the most effective and ethical strategies for advocacy. She has served as an adviser to both for-profit and nonprofit organizations, working to address communication challenges and cultural change.

Considine earned a bachelor’s degree from Marquette University, a master’s degree in communication from UW-Milwaukee and a doctorate in communication from Texas A&M University.

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