Excitement ran high as the Moraine Park Technical College Class of 2015 gathered among classmates, instructors, family and friends to celebrate their accomplishments and relish in the opportunities ahead as future leaders of Wisconsin.
More than 250 commencement participants filled the Fond du Lac High School Field House for Moraine Park’s May 16 commencement ceremony as the graduates prepared to receive their diplomas and become Moraine Park alumni. A quote by an unknown source -- “It’s not the destination, it’s the journey.” -- was the class motto adopted by the graduates from the College’s Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and West Bend campuses. In all, the Class of 2015, had more than 770 graduate candidates complete their studies receiving associate of applied science degrees and technical diplomas.
Dr. James Eden, vice president of Academic Affairs, presided over the presentation of candidates with the conferring of degrees and diplomas done by Moraine Park Interim President Bonnie Baerwald. Kristen Finnel, dean of Health and Human Services and Dr. Fred Rice, dean of Applied Technology and Trades announced the graduate candidates. From the Moraine Park District Board, Chairperson Vernon Jung, Jr. and Secretary Mike Staral recognized the graduates.
Agnesian HealthCare President and CEO Steve Little was the 2015 commencement speaker. Little encouraged the graduates to look at everyday as a gift, to lead by example and to do good in the world. “All of the time you have spent learning the technical skills you will need to enter the work world is important,” said Little, “but success requires more than education. Success also requires passion and it requires a positive attitude. So, be passionate about what you do. Communicate with others. Take risks. We are put in this world to do something remarkable. So, do something remarkable!”
Jung, who welcomed the Class of 2015 and their guests to the ceremony, expressed to the graduates how perseverance, determination and the support of others had gotten them to this point. “As you head out today, ready to take that next step in your life, take a moment to reflect on all of the people who have supported you on your educational journey,” he said, “Take a moment to embrace all that this day brings.”
District Board Chairperson Vernon Jung welcomes the more than 250 Moraine Park Technical College graduates who participated in the College's 2015 Commencement Ceremony. In all, more than 770 graduates were receiving associate of applied science degrees and technical diplomas. Also pictured, from left, Mike Staral, district board secretary; Steve Little, commencement speaker; and Bonnie Baerwald, Moraine Park interim president.
Baerwald extended her congratulations to the graduates wishing them success in the great opportunities ahead. “You have prepared for the next stage in your lives, whether your new path takes you to the start of a new career, continued employment in your chosen field, or continuation of your formal education at a four-year college or university,” she said. “Our communities and our State could not move forth without you. Congratulations to each of you.”
Moraine Park’s graduation processional was led by bagpiper Gina Crossley, with the ceremonial music performed by Brassination, a brass quintet from the Fond du Lac area. Shady Grove, also from the Fond du Lac area, provided the pre-ceremonial music.
Moraine Park Technical College was established in 1912 and is one of 16 technical college districts that make up the Wisconsin Technical College System. With campuses in Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and West Bend, Wis., Moraine Park offers more than 100 associate of applied science degrees, technical diplomas, apprenticeships and certificates delivered in a variety of formats — classroom, online and blended. Training and technical assistance for businesses is also offered. Learn more at morainepark.edu.
To view a collection of Moraine Park graduates who were hired in their fields before graduation, go to www.morainepark.edu/hired.
To view photos from the 2015 Commencement Ceremony, go to facebook.com/moraineparktech.