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WCTC to honor graduates at two fall commencement ceremonies set for Saturday, Dec. 11

PEWAUKEE, Wis. (Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021) -- December graduates are getting ready to cross the stage at two fall Waukesha County Technical College commencement ceremonies set for this Saturday, Dec. 11. These will be the first in-person graduation events since December 2019.

The morning ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. for students in programs within the School of Business and the School of Protective and Human Services; the afternoon ceremony begins at 1 p.m. for students in programs within the School of Applied Technologies and the School of Health. Both  will be held on the main Pewaukee campus in the Anthony J. Natalizio Center (AJN Center), Building S.

Graduation marks a significant academic milestone for students earning certificates, technical diplomas and associate degrees. Nearly 200 students are slated to participate in this year's fall commencement exercises.

Four Outstanding Student Award recipients – those who embody the spirit and mission of WCTC -- will be honored on Saturday.

These graduating students are selected based on various factors, including their academic performance, credits completed, leadership experience and involvement in campus activities.

The students are, pictured from left:

  • Clare Wolf, Paramedic Technician, School of Protective and Human Services
  • Joshua Below, IT - Web and Software Developer, School of Business (student speaker, morning ceremony)
  • Isabella Brinn, Nursing, School of Health (student speaker, afternoon ceremony)
  • Mathew Conrad, Tool and Die Making, School of Applied Technologies

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 Jasmine Boettcher, who will earn her degree in Human Resources.

Randy Grippe, longtime Hospitality instructor in the School of Business, will serve as commencement speaker for both ceremonies.

In addition to the official College graduation ceremonies, students in several programs have held celebrations throughout the month, including the police academy graduation, nurse pinning ceremony and program showcases. On Dec. 2, several students were honored at the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Induction Ceremony and Fall Awards event. (PTK is an international honor society for students enrolled in a two-year associate degree program who have achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or higher in their program of study.)

>> Those who are interested in watching the ceremonies online Saturday via a live stream can visit and click on the graduation link.

Please note: The College is continuing to monitor the spread of the respiratory disease COVID-19. This includes the review of resources and guidance provided by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Masks are required for all individuals in WCTC campus buildings.

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