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Congratulations, 2020 graduates! WCTC to hold virtual ceremony Saturday, Dec. 12

Award winners to be honored during event

PEWAUKEE, Wis. (Monday, Nov. 30, 2020)  Because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Waukesha County Technical College will hold its first-ever virtual commencement ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 12. 

The event will include speakers, recognition of award recipients, conferring of degrees and more.

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

  • Michael Leggett, Mechanical Engineering Technology, School of Applied Technologies
  • Rachael Wiley, IT-Computer Support Specialist, School of Business
  • Darsi Matyszczyk, Health Information Technology, School of Health
  • Austen Wolf, Paramedic Technician, School of Protective and Human Services (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 Ashley Denruiter, who will earn her associate degree in Leadership Development.

Community volunteer Ted Dahl will be also be honored with the Citizen Service Award. This award is presented to an individual who gives of his or her time, talent, skills and resources toward the advancement of technical education. Dahl has spent more than 20 years tutoring ESL students incarcerated at the Waukesha County jail, providing them with one-on-one attention and opportunities for academic improvement.

WCTC President Kaylen Betzig, who will be retiring at the end of December after more than 32 years of executive and leadership positions within the Wisconsin Technical College System, will serve as commencement speaker.

The virtual commencement ceremony allows families, friends and graduates to watch the ceremony on the original graduation date -- or any time thereafter. Visit the WCTC website graduation page Dec. 12 or later to watch the ceremony.

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