Video: Associate Vice Chancellor for Graduate Studies congratulates graduating master’s students

Associate Vice Chancellor for Graduate Studies, Pieter deHart released this statement congratulating graduate students on their phenomenal achievement in honor of commencement this weekend.

2020 Graduation Statement Video-deHart.mp4

Video transcript: “Greetings and congratulations to all of our graduating master’s students. My name is Pieter deHart, and I am the Associate Vice Chancellor for Graduate Studies here at UW-Green Bay. I am so pleased and inspired to see the dedication and perseverance of our graduate students throughout these unprecedented times. I know this year’s commencement might not look the same as you had originally imagined, but know that you deserve a celebration, nonetheless. Echoing the comments of Chancellor Michael Alexander, I am proud to say that our graduate faculty, staff, and students have taken each of these new challenges during this pandemic in stride, and proven that their dedication to their education has remained steadfast. I want to congratulate each of you today as well as your families, friends, and support systems. This achievement would not have been possible without your encouragement and patience for these students as they made a commitment to better themselves and achieve new opportunities. Congratulations graduates. As Phoenix, we rise!”

 

Graphic showing the UW-Green Bay phoenix and the words, "Commencement Aug 22, 2020."

Video: Sights and sounds of Drive-Thru Commencement 2020

UW-Green Bay’s unique Drive-Thru Commencement Experience was Saturday, August 22, 2020. About 200 seniors and hundreds of family members participated in the vehicle parade, where each new graduate received a gift, their diploma cover, had an opportunity for a photo with Chancellor Michael Alexander, and took advantage of professional photo opportunities with family and friends in front of the Phoenix Rising statue. Most said they were grateful for a chance to celebrate this major milestone.

Video by Sue Pischke, University Marketing & Communication

UW-Green Bay puts on drive-by commencement for class of 2020 | WLUK

GREEN BAY (WLUK) — Graduation ceremonies are usually a festive way for families to recognize their students’ accomplishments.But they can also get crowded.This weekend UW-Green Bay found another way to recognize the important milestone in the lives of its graduates, amid the pandemic.The class of 2020 at UW-Green Bay wasn’t sure if they would get the chance to walk at graduation. This weekend… they drove instead.

Source: UW-Green Bay puts on drive-by commencement for class of 2020 | WLUK

UW-Green Bay holds drive-thru commencement ceremony | WFRV Local 5 – Green Bay, Appleton

UW-Green Bay held its commencement ceremony Saturday afternoon, but the event wasn’t held with the usual Pomp and Circumstance. Nearly 200 students from all four UW campuses participated in the drive-thru ceremony.Graduates were handed their diplomas by staff and given the opportunity to take a picture with Chancellor Michael Alexander.Although some graduates were disappointed in not having a traditional ceremony, they were happy to celebrate the end of their four-year journey. “When I found out that our commencement wasn’t going to be taking place Iwas obviously very upset ’cause I worked very hard,” Graduate Joni Hess said, “but I was super excited that GB found away to make this work during these crazy times because we all deserve to celebrate our accomplishment.”

Source: UW – Green Bay holds drive-thru commencement ceremony | WFRV Local 5 – Green Bay, Appleton

Woman of color in graduation robes on top of her car at UW-Green Bay Graducation Drive-Thru Experience

Photos: UW-Green Bay’s Drive-Through Commencement gives grads and supporters a chance to celebrate

Gratitude instead of disappointment permeated UW-Green Bay’s Drive-through Commencement experience today, Saturday, August 22, 2020 on the Green Bay Campus.

For many of the 1,029 students eligible to graduate in spring of 2020 from all four of UW-Green Bay’s campuses, the experience wasn’t what they had hoped to be the culminating event of their college career. While decision-makers held out as long as possible in hopes of hosting a traditional commencement, COVID-19 percentages failed to cooperate. An early-summer decision was made to transition to an experience that would limit in-person touches and protect members of the Phoenix family… and their families.

For more than 200 graduates and their families electing to participate, the mood was sincere, celebratory and joyful.

Parents didn’t miss an opportunity to yell thank you to Commencement personnel. Graduates interviewed by media said they had “no regrets,” in choosing UW-Green Bay, nor participating in the event the University was able to organize. This resilient group of grads, “revolutionary,” according to Student Commencement Speaker Jada Davis, have learned to make the best out of unpredictable situations. In March, instead of getting back to the basics after Spring Break, the students were told that they should return to campus only to gather their things and head home, because the pandemic was gaining ground in Wisconsin. Those who needed to remain in Residence Life were able, while all four campuses moved to complete virtual and alternative teaching and learning environments in little more than a week.

But today, each graduate was cheerfully welcomed back, with a care package, their diploma cover (diplomas were mailed this summer) and a photo with Chancellor Michael Alexander; while faculty, staff, administrators and other volunteers held up signs and cheered the passing cars along the drive-through route to the Phoenix Rising sculpture for a priceless photo with partners, children, parents and friends. Other stops for the informal photos included Residence Life, the Studio Arts alumni mural and the Shoe Tree.

Davis, who had pre-recorded her speech for release on Commencement Day, returned for the drive-thru experience before she heads off to Marquette Law School.

“What a time to be alive,” she said. “We are experiencing challenges personally, locally, nationally, globally, the likes of which only history has experienced for us. Just a few months ago we didn’t even know if we’d have the opportunity to share this moment together as everything seemed to fall through the cracks all at once.”

But, she says, “The time to rise from the ashes has never been more at hand! The many challenges we’ve faced during these unprecedented times are some which we will be able to reflect on. They have made us stronger and more adept to change. They have made us smarter and more creative. Whenever we face adversity in the future, we will be able to draw strength and knowledge from this time to get through. And for that, I am grateful.

We will be among the most resilient people in the world.

We are revolutionary.

We are the class of the year 2020.”

View her entire speech, here.

 

Commencement 2020 Drive-Thru

Jada Davis Commencement Speech: ‘You are revolutionary!’

Hello graduates. I would like to start by thanking those who trusted me to speak to my colleagues at such a turning point in our lives and in the history of the world as we know it. Giving honor to God, my parents, family, friends, mentors and all those who have supported me throughout my college career.

What a time to be alive. We are experiencing challenges personally, locally, nationally, globally, the likes of which only history has experienced for us. Just a few months ago we didn’t even know if we’d have the opportunity to share this moment together as everything seemed to fall through the cracks all at once. Fast forward to today, it looks as though our moment of glory has once again been snatched away.

I remember coming back from Indiana in march and getting an email shorty thereafter saying to pack my things and plan on not returning to campus after spring break. You can imagine the many emotions and questions that I’m sure we all had at the time. Sports cancelled, plays cancelled, trips cancelled, school, work, stores, all closed. The streets near my home rang with an eerie harmony. I’d never heard Milwaukee so quiet.

While it may seem as though everything began burning down to the ground just as we were about to make our conquest out into the big world, and although you may feel as though your accomplishments over the past four years are being minimized, I stand here to encourage and remind you that you are a champion.

Who can say they switched to complete online learning in a matter of days and still managed to stay on track? You can.

Who can say they graduated college in the middle of a growing pandemic, while fighting for the continuing injustices against the black community, with honors? You can.

Who can say that they are still alive and healthy during a time when people are dying daily from something we can’t even see? You can.

And for at least those three things, we should all be proud and feel accomplished. In the words of Doe Zantamata “it is only in our darkest hours that we may discover the true strength of the brilliant light within ourselves that can never, ever, be dimmed.”

The time to rise from the ashes has never been more at hand! The many challenges we’ve faced during these unprecedented times are some which we will be able to reflect on. They have made us stronger and more adept to change. They have made us smarter and more creative. Whenever we face adversity in the future, we will be able to draw strength and knowledge from this time to get through, and for that, I am grateful.

We will be among the most resilient people in the world. We are revolutionary. We are the class of the year 2020.

See Jada Davis’s Commencement Speaker Biography.

UWGB: Drive-through Commencement This Saturday – Green Bay News Network

UW-Green Bay has announced that it will hold a Drive-Through Commencement on Saturday, August 22nd, from 9:30am to 2:00pm on the Green Bay Campus.At Drive-Through Commencement, about 200 registered participants will pick up a congratulations package, receive their diploma, have an opportunity for a photo with Chancellor Michael Alexander, and be cheered by members of the campus community, including their favorite faculty and staff.1,029 students from four UW-Green Bay campuses were eligible to graduate this spring, but the pandemic prevented an in-person experience.

Source: UWGB: Drive-through Commencement This Saturday – Green Bay News Network