UW-Milwaukee to hold virtual commencement on May 16

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee will award more than 3,400 degrees in a virtual ceremony on Sunday, May 16.

The university will present 2,377 bachelor’s degrees, 731 master’s degrees, 143 doctoral degrees, 36 flexible option degrees and 135 associate degrees. The oldest degree bachelor’s degree recipient is 73-years-old, and the youngest is 19. 

Officials say Student Association President Emma Mae Weber, who is graduating with a bachelor’s degree from the College of Letters & Science, will be the student speaker.

Officials also say this years commencement speaker will be Darian Dixon, a UWM alum who plays a key role on NASA’s $3 billion Perseverance rover, which landed on Mars in February. 

“We’re exploring the final frontier. It’s something that fills our hearts with awe and wonder,” Dixon says. “I don’t think you can put a price on that. You just get to look up and be happy that you are part of something that is much bigger than humanity.”

For more on Dixon's story, click here.

Officials say the ceremony will go live on YouTube at 10 a.m. The link will become available at that time here

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