More than 300 participate in May 18 commencement ceremony
In graduation caps and gowns, the Moraine Park Technical College Class of 2013 was buzzing with excitement as the more than 300 commencement participants, along with their family and friends, faculty and administration, filled the Fond du Lac High School Field House for the May 18 commencement ceremony.
Anticipation filled the air as the graduates prepared to receive their diplomas and become the newest Moraine Park alumni. A quote by Ben Sweetland -- “Success is a journey, not a destination.” -- was the class motto adopted by the graduates from the College’s Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and West Bend campuses. Nearly 900 Moraine Park students completed their studies, with 471 receiving associate of applied science degrees, 284 receiving technical diplomas and 119 receiving program certificates.
Moraine Park President Sheila Ruhland presented the degrees, diplomas and certificates with the assistance of Moraine Park District Board members Dr. Richard Zimman of Ripon, Shirley Kitchen of Beaver Dam, Vernon Jung of Kewaskum, Donna Goetz of West Bend and Moraine Park administrators Dr. James Eden, vice president of academic affairs and Dr. Stanley Cram, vice president of student affairs.
Keynote Speaker Jim Wessing, president and co-founder of Kondex Corp., Lomira, gave an optimistic outlook to the graduates. He noted the demand for technical skills is very strong with many baby boomers retiring in the next few years; and more than 50 percent of those currently employed in manufacturing and other technical trades retiring over the next 10 years.
“This is a wonderful time to be graduating,” said Wessing, who also encouraged the Class of 2013 to think differently. “Make a conscious decision to think “it’s not all about me,”” he said. “Through education and learning, we get to decide what has meaning and what has purpose here on Earth. How will we act toward others? Think about the mystical oneness of all of us.”
Zimman, who welcomed the Class of 2013, noted the many important lessons the graduates had learned during their time at Moraine Park, particularly the ability to balance what so many technical college graduates experience today with managing classes, jobs, extracurricular activities and families. “You have been able to find the right balance to ensure everything in your lives fit together. A feat that I’m sure, was often challenging,” said Zimman. “But today, because of that ability, you are here reaping the benefits of all of your hard work.”
“Commencement is a very significant event in our students’ lives,” said Ruhland. “Today, you join the many Moraine Park graduates who have been successful in their own unique ways. Our communities and our state could not move forth without all of you. On behalf of all of us at Moraine Park Technical College, I extend our congratulations and best wishes.”
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.
To view photos from Moraine Park’s 2013 Commencement Ceremony, go to facebook.com/moraineparktech.