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Waukesha County Technical College graduates gear up for winter commencement set for Wednesday, Dec. 18

Outstanding Student Award and Grit Award winners to be honored


PEWAUKEE, Wis. (Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019) – December graduates are getting ready for the 2019 winter commencement ceremony, set for Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m., in the Service Building gymnasium. More than 270 students are slated to participate in the winter commencement event, which recognizes students’ academic achievements.

Four Outstanding Student Award recipients – those who embody the spirit and mission of WCTC -- will be honored at the ceremony. These students are selected based on their academic performance, credits completed, leadership experience and involvement in campus activities. They are:

  • Mary Bath, Graphic Design, School of Applied Technologies
  • Henrietta Bogyay, Global Business, School of Business
  • Austin Brewer, Fire Protection Technician, School of Protective and Human Services
  • Olivia Deuster, Nursing, School of Health (also serving as student speaker)

In addition, the Grit Award will be presented to one graduating student who demonstrates the characteristics of courage, resolve, strength of character, perseverance and determination in reaching his or her long-term goals. This year’s recipient is Melissa Johnson, who will earn her degree in Human Services Associate; she also received the Outstanding Program Award for Human Services Associate.

Douglass Clarks-Pritchard, an instructor in the Truck Driving program in the School of Applied Technologies, will serve as the commencement speaker.

In addition to the official College graduation ceremony, students in several programs have held celebrations throughout the month, including the police academy graduation, nurse pinning ceremony and program showcases. On Dec. 5, several students were honored as outstanding club members and program award winners at the fall 2019 awards program.

About Waukesha County Technical College

Waukesha County Technical College, the leader in workforce development, prepares learners for success within the region and global economy. The College offers more than 150 areas of study including associate degree, technical diploma, apprenticeship and short-term certificate programs. Customized training for employers is also available. To learn more, visit