Nearly 2,000 students set to earn degrees, diplomas, certificates in May 2015

Wednesday May 13, 2015
Two female students stand next to each other in caps and gowns

An estimated 1,971 students will graduate from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College this week. NWTC's main May 2015 Commencement Exercises will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, May 15 at the Resch Center in Green Bay.

The ceremony is open to all students have who will have completed their program and certificate requirements between January and July of this year. Approximately 52 percent will wear honor cords signifying graduation with honors or highest honors, and 210 will wear gold stoles as members of Phi Theta Kappa, the International Honor Society of the two-year college. Those wearing the red, white and blue cords are military veterans or are currently serving our country.

Watch it LIVE on Friday! Click here during Commencement to watch the ceremony via streaming video.

International students will also be graduating; this year's ceremony will include students from Ghana, Egypt, Pakistan, South Africa, Brazil, India, Indonesia, Tunisia and Germany. This year has seen NWTC's largest-ever international exchange participation rate.

Graduates will line up at 5 p.m. and are asked not to bring any personal belongings to the line-up area. (See full instructions from Student Involvement.)

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See the names of NWTC's
May 2015 Candidates for Graduation

Graduation speakers

Commencement Address:
Cathy A. Dworak, Director of Community Outreach & Player/Alumni Relations, Green Bay Packers

District Ambassador Address:
Katelyn Schiltz

Student Senate Commendation:
Annelise Moen, President, Student Senate

Alumni Association Invitation:
Lori Walters, Vice-President, NWTC Alumni Association

Closing Remarks:
Lori Suddick, Vice-President for Learning

Keynote speaker

Cathy A. Dworak has an extensive passion for the community and NWTC. Dworak is a 1988 graduate of NWTC’s Marketing/Fashion Merchandising program and was named NWTC’s Distinguished Alumni in 2009. She currently is the director of Community Outreach and Player/Alumni Relations for the Green Bay Packers.

With a passion for volunteering, Dworak touches the lives of thousands of individuals every year. She serves on several area working boards. Since 2002, Dworak has been a member of the NWTC Educational Foundation Board, actively supporting the College and promoting the scholarship program. Beginning in July, she will join the NWTC Board of Trustees. According to Dworak, it’s her way of giving back to the college that has laid the groundwork for her career.

Dvorak also serves on the boards of Make-A-Wish of Wisconsin, American Red Cross, and The Angel Fund for Children with Cancer; plus, she is president of the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Dworak’s enthusiasm for serving the community spills over into her role at the Green Bay Packers. In her current position, Dworak connects the Packers with the public in a variety of ways – she oversees donation requests both in-kind and monetary, players and coaches’ appearances, NFL programs, community events, youth football, alumni programs/appearances, and Make-A-Wish visits.

In addition to her NWTC associate degree, the Wisconsin native has a bachelor’s degree in management communications from Concordia University and a master’s degree in management from Cardinal Stritch University.



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