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Two WCTC spring commencement ceremonies set for May 19

Rep. Dale Kooyenga (R-Brookfield) to serve as keynote speaker


PEWAUKEE, Wis. (Wednesday, May 16, 2018) – More than 600 Waukesha County Technical College students will participate in the spring 2018 commencement this Saturday, May 19, in the College’s Service Building. Record attendance is expected.

Two ceremonies will be held:


  • 10 a.m. -- School of Applied Technologies, School of Protective & Human Services

  • 1:30 p.m. -- School of Health, School of Business


This year’s keynote speaker for both ceremonies is Wisconsin State Rep. Dale Kooyenga, who represents Assembly District 14. Kooyenga has been active in education reform and is a proponent of technical education and the Wisconsin Technical College System.

Several awards will be given:

  • The WCTC Citizen Service Award will be presented to Terry Lutz, former owner of Signicast Corp. This is awarded to an individual who has given generously of his or her time, talents, skills and resources. Lutz has donated more than $2.8 million to WCTC to expand the Integrated Manufacturing Center, provide updated equipment and fund training opportunities. (AM ceremony

  • Four Outstanding Student Awards, which are given to those who demonstrate remarkable success in and out of the classroom, will be presented to:

    • Victoria Perlongo (New Berlin, Wis.) -- Foundations of Teacher Education program, School of Protective & Human Services (AM ceremony)

    • Max Czechowski (Brookfield, Wis.) – Automation Systems Technology program, School of Applied Technologies (AM ceremony)

    • Heather Orr (East Troy, Wis.) – Dental Hygienist program, School of Health (PM ceremony)

    • Jessica Eddy (Hartland, Wis.) – Baking and Pastry Management program, School of Business (PM ceremony)

  • The Grit Award, which recognizes a student who has worked through challenges and obstacles, and has made sacrifices along the way to achieving a specific goal, will be presented to Phlebotomy Technician graduate Brandii Steinbach (Milwaukee) (PM ceremony).

In addition, for the first time, Dual Enrollment Academy (DEA) students will be part of WCTC’s formal commencement exercises. DEA gives high school seniors a jump-start in high-demand careers and allows them to earn both high school and college credit. With just one more year of studies at WCTC, DEA graduates can earn a full technical diploma or associate degree. DEA grads will wear the cap and gown from their respective high schools in the WCTC ceremonies. This year’s DEA class is comprised of students from 18 Waukesha County high schools.

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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