For Immediate Release
Contact: Daniel Wackershauser, Marketing Specialist
Mail: 1800 Bronson Blvd., Fennimore, WI 53809
Date of Release: April 25, 2023
Spring Commencement set for May 20Fennimore -
More than 300 graduates are expected to participate in the Spring 2023 Commencement, which is scheduled for Saturday, May 20. The day will be divided into four ceremonies, starting with the Nursing – Associate Degree ceremony at 8:30 a.m. Additional ceremonies will be held at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m., all in the Ag/Auto Building on campus. A full program schedule for the day is available at www.swtc.edu/graduation. Each ceremony will be streamed live on the college’s Facebook page.
This year’s student speakers include Sam Moyer, Nursing, 8:30 a.m.; Emma Blume, Criminal Justice – Law Enforcement 2, 10:30 a.m.; Olivia Olson, Agribusiness Science and Technology – Animal Science, 12:30 p.m.; and Sara Diaz, Human Service Associate, 2:30 p.m.
Program: Nursing – Associate Degree
Hometown: Barneveld, Wisconsin
What drew you to Southwest Tech and to your program? What drew me to Southwest Tech was their good reputation for preparing students to become nurses, affordability, and being able to earn a degree in two years.
What did you enjoy about your time at Southwest Tech? I enjoyed learning how to be a nurse, getting hands-on clinical experience, and making new friends.
What will be your message to the graduates? My message to the graduates would be, be proud of your accomplishment, never stop learning, and be the best nurse you can be.
What are your plans after graduation? Work for a hospital on a medical/surgical floor to gain experience as an RN.
Name: Emma Blume
Program: Criminal Justice – Law Enforcement
Hometown: Dodgeville, Wisconsin
What drew you to Southwest Tech and your program? I was drawn to Southwest Tech due to its family-like community, and how close it was to my hometown. I had also heard very good things about Southwest Tech.
What did you enjoy about your time at Southwest Tech? I enjoyed how comfortable the instructors were with the subjects they teach, and how willing they are to help you. The criminal justice instructors are some of the best instructors I have met. Everyone in the public safety building is there to help you, and they all seem very knowledgeable in their subjects. That alone makes you want to learn more about the subjects.
What will your message be to the graduates? The message I want to portray to the graduates is to always be yourself and accomplish your goals. Anything is possible if you set your mind and focus on it.
What are your plans for graduation? My plan after graduation is to keep working at the Lancaster Police Department, where I am hired full time. I also plan on attending UW-Platteville to continue and further my education in Criminal Justice, eventually earning a bachelor’s degree.
Program: Agribusiness Science and Technology – Animal Science
Hometown: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
What drew you to Southwest Tech and your program? I knew that I didn’t want to go to a four-year and my older brother went here and he really liked it. I knew that after I graduated high school that I wanted to do something with animals and I heard that Southwest Tech had really good programs and that a lot of people go there for degrees in agriculture, so that’s what lead me here.
What did you enjoy about your time at Southwest Tech? What I enjoyed about my time here at Southwest Tech is all the friends I’ve made and the memories that I will have. Also, all the great opportunities I got to experience where I don’t think I would have gotten to experience them anywhere else.
What will your message be to the graduates? You should be proud and look at how far you’ve come. Some of you faced obstacles and proved that you could do it and should be very proud of earning this degree.
What are your plans for graduation? My plans for after graduation are to work and hopefully in the future work in a vet office as a certified vet technician.
Program: Human Services Associate
Hometown: Wauzeka, Wisconsin
What drew you to Southwest Tech and to your program? Personal life events I endured drew me to the Human Services program, and I had heard many great things about Southwest Tech from people who had attended college there, and it was local for me to attend classes.
What did you enjoy about your time at Southwest Tech? I enjoyed all the instructors I have had and their drive to see their students succeed. You don’t go a day walking down the halls at SWTC and not see lots of staff smiles as they say hello to you.
What will be your message to the graduates? “To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe.” – Anatole France
What are your plans after graduation? Work at the Opportunity Center in Prairie du Chien as a client services specialist and gain human services experience, and maybe someday further my education.
Alumni speakers are to be determined.
| Southwest Wisconsin Technical College, a finalist for the 2023 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, is one of 16 institutions that comprise the Wisconsin Technical College System. Southwest Tech offers more than 60 programs in a wide variety of disciplines. Courses are offered on campus, online, HyFlex and in a blended format. The college provides apprenticeship, certificate, technical diploma, and associate degree programs that respond to district workforce needs and prepare student for family-sustaining jobs and career advancement. |