Photo of the back of a student's graduation cap as students watch other graduates receive their diploma at the UW-Green Bay Commencement ceremony.

Video: Not goodbye, but thank you…

Today (May, 16, 2020) was meant to be a grand celebration of UW-Green Bay graduates and their families at the Kress Events Center. Instead, we want all of you to know we are thinking about you, especially our graduating seniors. Congratulations to all of you who made it through this difficult time. We can’t wait to celebrate with you at the commencement ceremony on Saturday, August 22, 2020. And don’t forget to bring a pair of shoes to toss in the tree!

Video by Sue Pischke, Marketing and University Communication

Video transcript

Not goodbye, but thank you.

It goes without saying
we miss seeing students, faculty and staff on campus.
But this message is specifically for our graduating seniors
And what you’re missing right now—
Buying graduation gowns,
Decorating caps,
Planning parties
Hanging out with friends
Attending a last in-person class
Thanking professors
Getting ready to move on
Saying goodbye to friends—
Even saying “see you later” to the turkeys and geese.

But despite it all—
You will rise again.
And take your place
In the proud tradition
Of resilient problem-solvers
Fearless dreamers
Fun-seekers and forward-looking achievers

We hope to see you at commencement in August,
and don’t forget to bring a pair of shoes to toss in the tree!
And know in your hearts, even as you go forward
finding success in the years to come

You will always be the class of 2020
That made history even when we couldn’t be together.
You are leaving an enduring legacy
rising above all the challenges.
In the true spirit of the Phoenix.

Thank you.