Commencement: Pomp and laurels
You almost couldn’t swing a mortarboard tassel without hitting an award-winning scholar, student or VIP visitor on stage at the Dec. 20 mid-year commencement ceremony at UW-Green Bay. Here’s a photo gallery of the proceedings.
The stage of the Weidner Center was filled Dec. 20 with visiting dignitaries, award recipients, UW-Green Bay faculty, staff and administration for the 39th mid-year commencement. Student speaker Jenna Neumann is at the lectern.
Veterans and newcomers alike march in the faculty processional at Commencement. At left is Al Loomer, who at age 95 still doesn’t miss a ceremony. (Loomer began teaching college-level mathematics at the old UW Center in Green Bay in 1955 and retired as a professor 25 years ago, at age 70.) Among those marching in their first Commencement was Mussie Teclezion, a new assistant professor of Business Administration (finance).
Four UW-Green Bay faculty members were honored with appointments to named professorships. Prof. Clifford Abbott, in blue robe, stepped forward to receive his medallion as first recipient of the Patricia Wood Baer Professorship in Education. Congratulating Abbott are Interim Chancellor David Ward and Mrs. Baer’s son, Rick.
Former Green Bay Packers President Bob Harlan was called to the stage to receive the UW-Green Bay Chancellor’s Award in recognition of contributions to campus and community. Harlan is flanked by Laatsch and Ward.
Two top students pose with Kelly Ruh, president of the UW-Green Bay Alumni Association. Stacey Frey, left, received the Association’s Outstanding Student Award. Jenna Neumann, right, was class speaker.