• The planned video streaming of Saturday’s commencement would have been a first, but technical problems kept the University from getting the feed to the internet. Live video was screened throughout the ceremony on the Kress replay boards, and a videotape of the ceremony (as is customary) will be archived to the UW-Green Bay website in the coming days.
• Arts Management celebrated by far its largest-ever graduating class — 13 students — including Cassie Alfheim, who was the featured soloist for the National Anthem and Alma Mater, and earlier this spring was named UW-Green Bay’s student employee of the year.
• Speaking of Alfheim (image No. 10 in our photo gallery), she was joined in singing the “Star-Spangled Banner” by a half dozen or so Vocal Jazz colleagues in a well-received rendition (image No. 25).
• A tip of the mortarboard to Professor Kumar Kangayappan, the ceremonial mace bearer during the processional, who once again escorted the chancellor to the podium without incident and without having to wield the symbolic but nonetheless heavy, stainless steel club. Prof. Kangayappan (image No. 22) has been a UW-Green Bay professor for 46 years, since fall 1968, and he began teaching college-level economics in his native India in 1963.
• The UW-Green Bay Alumni Association continued its tradition of forming a handshake tunnel for graduates leaving the hall (image No. 49).
• Once again, the Music program’s Commencement Band (image No. 11) under the direction of Associate Prof. Kevin Collins pulled yeoman’s duty in offering a full 20 minutes of uninterrupted processional fanfare as nearly 1,000 graduates and members of the platform party marched in to begin the ceremony.