Washington County Circuit Court Judge, Todd Martens, will deliver UW-Washington County’s commencement address on Wednesday, May 24. Martens completed his law degree at Harvard Law School and his undergraduate degrees at UW-Madison. Martens served 19 years as a prosecutor for Washington County, including 11 years as District Attorney, prior to being appointed to Branch 3 judge in 2010. Active in the community, Judge Martens is a Past Board President of United Way of Washington County, Washington County Bar Association and Elevate. Martens and his wife Lori who live in the area said he “cares deeply about maintaining the great quality of life we enjoy here.”
The student speaker is Mary Gruel of West Bend, a Film Studies major who plans to complete her studies at UW-Milwaukee. Active on campus, Mary serves as President of SGA (Student Government Assn.) and Secretary of PTK (Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society). She also works in the campus library and serves as a peer mentor in CLEC (College Life Exploration Center). Off campus, she works as a customer service representative at Westbury Bank in Jackson. Mary is already living up to her career goal of “influencing change within the community I live in,” by organizing a 5K for Kids walk, with proceeds going to two non-profit children’s charities.
The evening’s focus will be to recognize the accomplishments of graduating UW-WC students, along with department award winners. The ceremony begins at 7pm in the campus theatre with a bagpiper led processional and a color guard. Kathryn Flynn, a current UW-WC student majoring in music, will sing the National Anthem.
Department awards will be presented to outstanding student(s) by the nominating faculty member. They include: Sarah Burger (Anthropology), Amanda Fairly (Biological Sciences), Rachel House, Rebekah McKinley and Thomas Wendler (Business & Economics), Benjamin Kelln and Rachel Uhren (Chemistry), Elizabeth Garcia (Communication/Theatre Arts), Ana Komro (English) and Kathryn Flynn (Music). UW-Oshkosh transfer scholarships of $1,000 each will be presented to Holly Hamm, Fredonia and Gabe Verfuerth, Port Washington.
A complete list of graduates will be released at a later date. No tickets are needed to attend the event.