Approximately 356 students will be eligible to receive diplomas when the University of Wisconsin-Superior conducts its 118th Spring Commencement. UWS was originally founded in 1893 as a teacher's college, now with more than 30 majors.

UW-Superior will hold the commencement at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 17, in Marcovich Wellness Center.

Chancellor Renée Wachter will preside over the ceremony and present diplomas to students who have earned associate, bachelor's and master's degrees. The university will grant 331 undergraduate degrees and 25 graduate degrees.

Keynote speaker is Raymond Cross, president of the University of Wisconsin System. The president works with the Board of Regents and oversees the UW System’s 13 universities, 13 freshman-sophomore UW Colleges, and statewide UW-Extension.

Student speaker is Robert G. Johnson, of Superior, Wis., who is a fourth generation UW-Superior graduate and he will be graduating with a major in political science-peace studies. He was chosen for the honor based on his academic and student achievements at UW-Superior.

Lynette Pietila, of Eagle River, Wis., and Edward Martin of Chetek, Wis., will serve as the student marshals who lead graduates into and out of the Commencement ceremony. Each year two student marshals are chosen from among the junior class based on highest scholastic standing.

Dr. Norma Stevlingson, professor of music, is the faculty marshal who will lead faculty to the ceremony. She has taught at UW-Superior for 39 years, starting in 1975 and will be retiring this June.

Husband and wife Erich and Meghan Jenson are both part of the graduating class. 150 students are first generation college graduates and 22 more are international students.

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