“You have encountered an array of challenges and discoveries both during and apart from your classes. You have experienced a changing world and dealt with these changes in all aspects of your life. We believe in each of you, have high hopes for you and are grateful to all of you for the optimism you have instilled in us regarding the future.”
Four in-person ceremonies for the three university colleges and the Graduate School were held at Johnson Fieldhouse beginning at 9 a.m., for graduates only. About 400 graduates chose to attend.
The ceremonies, along with a virtual ceremony, were livestreamed for other graduates, family, friends and guests. To view ceremony recordings, go to the UW-Stout commencement website.
Frank said graduates are prepared, with their education and experiences, to make a difference. “This is a world that needs the passion, innovation, critical thinking, problem-solving skills and dedication that you have exhibited during your time at UW-Stout,” she said.
Supply chain management graduate Alexa Gravunder, of Wild Rose, explained that she had been coming to UW-Stout to watch athletics events with her family since she was young because her grandfather is an alum.
Enrolling at UW-Stout seemed natural to her, but then she learned the past four years why her grandfather has such fond memories of the school.
“Every professor I met at Stout knows me and remembers me from other classes. I never felt like a number here. I could be my own person, and every professor helped me become a better one. My academic experience has been absolutely incredible,” Gravunder said. “My experiences beyond the classroom have changed me too.
“Today, I can say with pride — like my grandpa and thousands of others — that I am a UW-Stout alum.”