Joy, reflection, inspiration and a plethora of clever mortars were in abundance as Commencement returned to the Kress Events Center on the UW-Green Bay campus for the first time since May 2019 on Saturday, May 14, 2022.
For class speaker Kelsi Englehardt, it was a day to reflect on the meaning of “the good life.” “Yes, today is about you and your successes,” she told those gathered, “but remember that lasting happiness and having a good life don’t come of ourselves alone, but rather of our close and authentic relationships with others.”
Classmate, early-stage speaker and mechanical engineering major Jordan Cioni shared his gratitude for the special community he found while studying at UW-Green Bay. “We have a community that literally built a school for us,” he said in reference to the Richard J. Resch School of Engineering. “And none of us would be here without the collective efforts of northeast Wisconsin. Green Bay really is a special community.
UW System Regent Chairman Edmund Manydeeds III, who attended UW-Green Bay during his own college career, emphasized the important role graduates play in the state’s future. “I know there have been a lot of uncertainties and unknowns over the past few years, but one thing is very clear – and that is how important our graduates are to the state of Wisconsin and beyond, and never more than now.
International businessman Richard Gochnauer and New York Times bestselling author Angeline Boulley also provided support and guidance to the graduates. For Gochnauer, the secret to a good life lies at the intersection of purpose and career. “I’ve learned that it’s at this crossroads that people become their best selves…many of the happiest and most successful people I’ve found are those who find purpose in their work…the purpose is not about you but about your positive impact on others.” From Boulley: “As you celebrate your accomplishments today, may you be among the people who cherish you and encourage you for your future. your journey. Be brave. Take risks. Chase your dreams. Practice self-care. Be the hero of your story. Let it be an exciting and satisfying adventure.
Congratulations Class of 2002. Keep rising!
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– Photos by Dan Moore, University Marketing and Communications.