By Mark A. Mone
Chancellor, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Happy holidays! It’s also graduation season and a time to celebrate our students – and future students – at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM).
UWM is the ONLY public urban research university in the state and it is absolutely vital to Milwaukee, the region and well beyond.
The access and engagement we provide is something you will not find anywhere else in Wisconsin.
It transforms the lives of thousands of our students, their families, and the communities in which they live.
This December, more than 2,300 individuals received a degree from UWM and are now beginning new chapters in their lives, whether working in the Milwaukee area, doing research in other countries, or continuing on to graduate school.
Along the way, the lives of these individuals changed dramatically. Here are just a few of their remarkable stories.
Gladys is receiving a bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration.
She had an internship at Aurora St. Luke’s as a student and will continue to work there as a new graduate while also pursuing her master’s degree.
Igoni Igoni is an immigrant from Africa, the ninth of 10 children in his family, and the first male to graduate from college.
As a father of two young children, he worked 60 to 75 hours a week, driving a cab to support his family and education.
Igoni wants to make a difference in how students are educated in Wisconsin and around the globe.
He is receiving a Bachelor of Science in Community Engagement and Education.
Renée Spiewak was home-schooled as a child and her world was a little smaller than some.
Her parents never went to college, but wanted Renée and her siblings to go.
The night sky always fascinated Renée and her world became much, much larger when she began studies at UWM.
She is receiving a bachelor’s degree in astrophysics and will continue her studies and do research on pulsars as a graduate student.
These individuals are doing things they never dreamed possible.
As college graduates, they are prepared for life’s opportunities and challenges.
That is the power of a college education. Options. Possibilities.
Lifelong learning and personal growth.
I hope you will come and visit us, either at our campus or online at www.uwm.edu.
Find out more about how your future can be reimagined.