Dr. Cathy Sandeen, Chancellor of the UW Colleges and UW Extension, will deliver UW-Washington County’s commencement address on Tuesday, May 22. Sandeen holds a Ph.D. in communication from the University of Utah. As chief administrator, she is responsible for the academic, financial and administrative aspects of both institutions.
The ceremony begins at 7pm in the gymnasium with a bagpiper led processional
and a color guard.
The student speaker is Katelyn Van Raden of Mayville, a Business Management major who plans to complete her studies at UW-Oshkosh. Active on campus, Katelyn serves as President of SGA (Student Government Assn.) and is devoting her last year on campus to “truly making a difference.”
Awards will be presented to outstanding student(s) in various academic departments. These include: Rachel Uhren (Biological Sciences), Zachary Hedlund and Abigail Schmidt (Business & Economics), Amelia Hansen, Benjamin Spicer and Rachel Uhren (Chemistry), Matt Fichtner (Communication/Theatre Arts), Ashley Courtemanche (English), Anne Jansen (Geography & Geology), Trevor Crass and Benjamin Spicer (Mathematics) and Angie Sky (Philosophy).
Dr. Larry Gomes, Professor of Economics, who is retiring in May, will be recognized for 39 years of service to UW-WC. Through his career, he has taught freshman and sophomore level economics courses (both in the classroom and online), conducted Economic Impact studies, served on various campus committees, presented papers at economics conferences and chaired sessions at professional meetings. Born in Bangladesh, he earned his Ph.D. in Economics from Wayne State University in Michigan.
Gerald Kudek, City of West Bend Fire Chief, will receive the Outstanding Alumnus Award. After completing an Associate degree at UW-WC, Kudek earned a Bachelor of Fire Science Management Degree from Southern Illinois University. Kudek is also a graduate of the Executive Fire Officer Program of the National Fire Academy in Maryland. He has served the city of West Bend since 1984 and was named Chief in 2012. A resident of West Bend, he has held various leadership positions with the Volunteer Center and other non-profits.
No tickets are needed to attend the event.