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WCTC to host two spring commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 18


PEWAUKEE, Wis. (Wednesday, May 15, 2019) – More than 600 Waukesha County Technical College students – including Dual Enrollment Academy students -- will participate in the spring 2019 commencement ceremonies this Saturday, May 18.

Two ceremonies will be held in the gymnasium located in the College’s Service Building: 10 a.m-- School of Applied Technologies and School of Health,  and 1:30 p.m. -- School of Business and School of Protective and Human Services.

Since record attendance is expected for both ceremonies, special viewing areas will be held on campus in the Richard T. Anderson Education Center, the HUB (cafeteria) and B Building lecture halls (Rooms B-115 and B-117). Additionally, the events will be livestreamed on the WCTC website:

This year’s keynote speaker for both ceremonies is Dan Erschen, owner and president of Wisconsin Metal Parts, Inc. (WMPI), a contract manufacturer of metal parts and assemblies. Erschen has served on the advisory board of WCTC’s Tool and Die program for more than 20 years, gives tours at WMPI and speaks to student groups about manufacturing, metal fabrication and related topics.

Erschen was also selected as this year’s Citizen Service Award recipient. This award is presented to an individual who has given generously of his or her time, talents, skills and resources.

Several other honors will be awarded at the ceremonies:

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

  • Nicholas Wiberg (Greendale, Wis.) -- Web and Digital Media Design program, School of Applied Technologies (AM ceremony)
  • Samantha Fournier (Muskego, Wis.) – Dental Hygiene program, School of Health (AM ceremony) – student speaker, morning ceremony

  • Lauren Gordon (Waukesha, Wis.) Early Childhood Education program, School of Protective and Human Services (PM ceremony)

  • Carly Reichert (Pewaukee, Wis.) – Marketing program, School of Business (PM ceremony) – student speaker, afternoon ceremony

○ A new award, the Outstanding Dual Enrollment (DEA) Academy Student Award, which is given to a DEA student who demonstrates remarkable success in and out of the classroom, will be presented to Kellyn Homa (Colgate, Wis.), Germantown High School senior and WCTC DEA Welding/Fabrication student. (AM 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 Business Management student Jamie Heinemann (Sussex, Wis.). (PM 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