UW-Parkside Grads: 'We are Ready!'
When the graduation parties begin to wind down, and every possible photo with friends and family has been taken and retaken, hundreds of new graduates from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside should remember one thing: They are ready to live a life worth living.
During ceremonies held Saturday, UW-Parkside Chancellor Debbie Ford, UW System Board of Regents Vice President Michael Falbo, and Froedtert Health President and CEO Catherine Jacobson told graduates that they were ready to use their education for the betterment of their communities, and themselves.
"By attending the University of Wisconsin-Parkside you have been immersed in a community that is shaped by great diversity -- more than any other university in the UW System or in our nearby communities," Ford told graduates. "Our diversity truly reflects the reality of the emerging 21st century global society. The diverse nature of your educational experience will enable you to make a difference as you seek and find meaningful roles in an increasingly changing world."
Falbo reminded graduates that with a quality education comes increased responsibility. They are now prepared to play a more important role in society. "You have just become our new best partners," he said.
Jacobson provided two perspectives and both resonated with the capacity crowds in university's De Simone Gymnasium. From the students' perspective, she recalled her graduation from Bradley University as the first in her family to earn a college degree. As her own children now approach college age, she sees the importance of education from the parents' perspective. "You should all be so proud," Jacobson said. "A life led with continuous learning is a life better led." (Jacobson story.)
During the morning ceremony, master of business administration, and master of science in computer and information systems degrees were awarded to more than a dozen students from Beijing Technology and Business University, and Beijing Institute of Science and Technology University. UW-Parkside has increased its educational partnerships with universities in China during the past five years.
Achievement and Service Awards
Dr. Jeanne Vedder and Dr. Mary Olson received Distinguished Achievement awards from the UW-Parkside Alumni Association. Ms. Marta Kultgen and Ms. Becky Vojtko received Distinguished Service awards.
Outstanding Graduate awards were presented to Nicole Becker of Augusta, Wis., Christopher Dunn of Racine, Catherine Hernandez of Kenosha, Robyn Hillberry of Blue River, Wis., and Alyssa Kay of Round Lake Beach, Ill.
Karisa Laskowski of Pulaski, Wis., received the Chancellor's Award signifying the university's top graduate. Laskowski earned a perfect 4.0 grade point average, carried a double major, and played NCAA Division II basketball for the Rangers. During her undergraduate career, Laskowski gave multiple professional and academic presentations on her strength and conditioning research. This summer, she presents her findings at the National Strength and Conditioning Association Conference in Las Vegas.