GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) -Something many students missed during the pandemic was celebrating graduation in-person. On Saturday, in-person commencement was back for the first time in two years at UW-Green Bay. More than 500 students graduated in a series of two separate ceremonies.Students, faculty, families and friends were welcomed back to the Weidner Center.
“We have the distancing in place so, I think we’re just really thrilled, you know, there’s something special about walking across the stag, especially when students are the first in their families to graduate. So this is a big moment for students and their families to be able to see them,” said Kate Burns, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs for UW-Green Bay. UWGB student, Gage Beck (public Administration), graduated after five semesters with no debt, and a job already lined up after graduation.Beck wants students to know they can fast track their education experience and graduate debt free.
“I had the opportunity to take a lot of college credit in high school, so that gave me the opportunity to really focus on my majors requirements in college, so I was able to focus on my program requirements versus our general education requirements. And I received a lot of scholarships which also enabled me to pay less and I also worked a lot at the union as a student employee building manager,” said Beck.