From Mexico to Chilton: UW-Green Bay honors 50,000th graduate | WLUK
GREEN BAY (WLUK) — A first-generation graduate received the honor of being UW-Green Bay’s 50,000th graduate on Saturday afternoon.
Dina Maleny Capetillo Jimenez moved from Veracruz, Mexico to Chilton when she was 6 years old.
To honor her parents, Jimenez wrote in Spanish on top of her graduation hat “For my parents that came here with nothing and gave me everything.”
Jimenez says becoming the milestone graduate was a surprise to her parents, but she actually found out about a week ago when she missed a call from Chancellor Michael Alexander.
“I couldn’t believe it,” said Jimenez. “I called him back right away and I was like I felt like I just won the lottery in some sort of way. It was just crazy. Out of all the people it could have been.”
Her degree is in business administration with a minor in personal financial planning. She has a job lined up at Nicolet Bank ad hopes to become a certified financial planner.
This was UW-Green Bay’s 58th academic year.