It's a spring tradition:  Graduation!  The 2014-2015 class at the University of Wisconsin-Superior will receive their respective diplomas on Saturday, May 16 at a grand ceremony at Wessman Arena that starts at 2PM.

Almost 370 students are eligible to receive diplomas in their degree field and Chancellor Renee Wachter will present them to students who earned Associate, Bachelors, Masters and Specialist degrees.

Here are some more specifics:

  • Shaye Morris will deliver the keynote address. Morris is the executive director of Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank in Duluth. She graduated with an Individually Designed Major focused on human relations. Ms. Morris earned her Bachelor of Science degree in 1994 from UW-Superior.
  • The Student speaker will be Nutcha “Ern” Charoenboon of Bangkok, Thailand. She was chosen for the honor based on academic and student achievements at UW-Superior.
  • Elsa Johnson of Esko, Minn., and Amber Bottensek of Superior, 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.
  • Mary Balcer, professor of natural sciences, is the faculty marshal who will lead faculty to the ceremony. She has taught at UW-Superior since 1983.
  • Included in this year’s graduating class is a married couple, Jessica and Matt Boettcher, who both also have military service in their backgrounds. A total of 18 veterans will be graduating including Mr. and Mrs. Boettcher. Among the undergraduate students, are 165 first generation, 32 multicultural and 15 international students who will also be graduating. This class also includes 149 non-traditional students who are either over 24 years of age or have a child. The youngest graduate is 17 year-old Brianne Freeman who has earned an Associate of Arts degree. The youngest student to earn a Bachelor’s degree is Marina Carter who is 20 years-old and took college level classes while attending William M. Kelley High School in Silver Bay, Minn.