Monday Update: 2020 Winter Commencement

Published: December 14, 2020
By: UW-Parkside Marketing and Communications

Monday Update


Congratulations Graduates!

2020 ends with Winter Commencement Ceremony


Click for Commencement Livestream 

Click for Commencement Program(Scroll to bottom)

We were excited to close out 2020 with a great event – the Winter Commencement Ceremony! During the event, Chancellor Ford echoed our sentiments toward this year’s graduates. “I’m so very proud to be a part of this year’s UW-Parkside 2020 graduation ceremony and share my pride and excitement with all our graduates. Each year presents its own unique obstacles and opportunities for our graduation classes, but I’m sure few of us could have imagined what lay ahead when we started the year,” said Chancellor Ford. “To the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Class of 2020, congratulations on completing your college careers – you have persevered through adversity during a most challenging year and shown that nothing can stop you! I wish you a joyous holiday season and continued success in all your future endeavors.”

Included in this year’s commencement celebrations was a recognition of our Outstanding Graduates, include the Chancellor’s Award Recipient, Mariana Nelson (Click here).


Mariana’s perseverance in the face of adversity, significant contribution to her community, outstanding academic performance, and her commitment to the success of her peers make her an ideal choice for the honor. No stranger to adversity, Nelson grew up in a Bulgarian orphanage where early foundational educational experiences were rare. Nelson has been involved with UW-Parkside’s App Factory and Small Business Development Center for three years and has served as the App Factory’s “lead” designer. Nelson’s skills earned her first place in “The Big Idea Innovation Challenge” for creating a review-type app where companies’ level of accessibility for those who need Americans with Disabilities Act or related accommodations could be charted and tracked. The app will function under Nelson’s privately-owned LLC, Capp.

Mariana joins six of her Ranger colleagues as the Winter Commencement’s outstanding graduates, and you can view bios of each of these incredible students along with Chancellor Ford’s message and the rest of fall semester highlights via the online 2020 Winter Commencement Program.

To all of our hard-working 2020 graduates we again say CONGRATS!

Fall Semester Highlights

Despite all the challenges our students, faculty, and staff faced, there are several great moments to celebrate from the fall semester. Click on the links below to view some of those stories (these highlights are also located in the Winter Commencement Program).


Election Experience 

Moonshot for Equity


Dr. Francis “Frannie” Mann

Make a Difference Day

Criminal Justice Ranked #21 

NSF Grant

Diversity and inclusion (Link 2)(Link 3)

M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling


Enrollment up 3.8% over 2019

Student Support Services TRIO Program

Chelsea Strebe 

Dear World

Dr. Michael A Hansen

Denise Olstinske

Cassidy Prucha

Adapting to the new ‘normal’

Welcome new graduates to the UW-Parkside Alumni Association

Welcome to the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Alumni Association. We are here to serve you with great programs and events, opportunities for community service and a forum for connecting with your fellow alumni. For more information about UW-Parkside’s alumni community and the Alumni Association, visit us at 


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Small Business Development Center’s Holiday Message – Shop Local!

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This holiday season, UW-Parkside and the Small Business Development Center want to remind our campus and surrounding community to shop local. Due to the pandemic and fall protests, many businesses – especially smaller operations – are struggling to survive. This year we hope you can make one or more of your holiday purchases a local one, and don’t forget to check out the SBDC’s website for more information. The SBDC offers no-cost, confidential consulting, and business education across a wide region, annually assisting more than 300 small businesses.

Ranger Reminders

Each week Ranger Reminders highlight important events and happenings around campus and beyond.  To see a full slate of UW-Parkside activities, check the events calendar.  

Get tested! Don’t let COVID slow you down. Sign up for your free test at if you are a faculty or staff member or a commuter student, and if you are a residential student.

HOLIDAY OFFICE HOURS: If you aren't sure the availability of offices on campus during the holidays, please check this list. If you need to make a change, submit your office hours to Amanda Welbon (


Parents and Guardians Q&A | December 14, 2020 | 6 pm (WebEx)
Parents, guardians, family members, and guests are invited to ask Admissions, Financial Aid, and New Student Services your questions!  Also — learn how you can support your future Ranger. 

Sign-Up here.

Application Deadline: Newman Civic Fellowship | December 15, 2020 | (Virtual)

Applications will be accepted for the UW-Parkside Newman Civic Fellowship 2021-22 until 11:59 pm on Dec 15! The Newman Civic Fellowship is a one-year fellowship for community-committed college students from Campus Compact member institutions, like UW-Parkside. Through the fellowship, Campus Compact provides a variety of learning and networking opportunities emphasizing personal, professional, and civic growth.

Apply here.

Pre-Health Info Session| December 17, 2020 | 5 pm (Facebook)

Learn how the College of Natural and Health Sciences is creating the most competitive health care professionals in the region.  Join us to learn more about academic majors/minors, valuable hands-on opportunities, and careers after UW-Parkside with Dr. Bryan Lewis, Pre-Health program director.

Click here to join.


Perspectives on Policing and Social Justice | December 18, 2020 | 1 pm (Facebook and Instagram Live)
Tune in each Friday at 1 pm on Facebook or Instagram Live for lively conversations on Perspectives on Policing and Social Justice, featuring UW-Parkside’s Joseph Young, Colette Bell, and Officer Kurt Bergendahl. Your perspective, questions, and comments are welcome. Let’s Change the World!

Watch on Facebook | Watch on Instagram

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